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Peek Inside The Mistletoe Trap

When they fall into a “reverse parent trap” over the holidays, Julie and Gavin are about to realize that being decidedly just friends is hard when you’re caught under mistletoe.

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From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.

Each book in the Heart in the Game series is STANDALONE:
* The Wedding Deal
* The Mistletoe Trap


“This is a steamy and sweet read of friends to lovers with a holiday theme that will melt your heart this Winter!” --Rate the Romance

“I loved this book. The story was touching, without being cheesy, and had a little spice. I enjoyed the characters, who made me laugh and cry!” --Laura O., NetGalley

“This was a great story, a lot of funny parts, lots of characters who were all over the scale of insanity and pushiness. Fun, holiday-based romance with a super cute cover!” --Nocole W., Goodreads

Great characters and fun banter!” --Rita T., NetGalley

“Found this to be an entertainingly humorous romance. The characters are delightful with deep connections and terrific chemistry. Was impossible to put this amazing book down. Well worth the read!” --Linda R., Goodreads

“This is a sweet and funny book to curl up with in front of the fireplace and get into the holiday spirit.” --Tal L., NetGalley

“The Mistletoe Trap is a funny, sweet read with a quirky heroine and a hero who's the kind of best friend that dreams are made of.” --Friday in April Reviews

“The Mistletoe Trap was such a fun holiday read and definitely did the job of getting me in the holiday spirit!!” --Laura F., Goodreads

“This was a wonderful read! THE MISTLETOE TRAP had everything I look for in a romance plus the holiday setting to make it even more romantic and enjoyable.” --Shirley Q., Goodreads

“I loved it. This was truly a feel-good read.” --Bender Dreamer Girl

Festive and flirty. I loved it!” --Monica C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640639201
Series: Heart in the Game, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 16, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances, sports romance
Tropes: friends to lovers

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By Lisa October 19, 2020

Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review. I’m giving The Mistletoe Trap 4 star’s it was a cute story between Julie and Gavin....

Happy Reading
Lisa ...more

By Silvia (roomforbooks) October 18, 2020

Rep: biracial Black (White/Black) mc, biracial
Black side character, Black side characters, bi side character, gay side character (minor role)

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I always struggle when writing a review about a book I e ...more

By Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) October 17, 2020

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

From the very beginning, I knew The Mistletoe Trap was going to be my kind of holiday romance. It was so fun from the start that I didn't notice it was in third person (and normally that's a turn off for me). The humor was there and so was t ...more

By Mercè October 23, 2020

4.5/5 [ENG/ESP]
I absolutely loved this book. It's not always that a book brings out the fangirl in me, and this is exactly what happened here.
Long story short: we have an underrated best friends to lover trope. And so well done, I must say. The author went beyond saying "hey, we're best friend ...more

By Irene October 20, 2020

4 stars

The Mistletoe Trap by Cindi Madsen is a very enjoyable and entertaining read.
RTC ...more

By Niki October 31, 2020

I read nearly 100 books every year, yet I seldom run into the situation I had with this book. Within the first five pages, I knew that I would have at least one sleepless night, because I wasn’t putting the book down until I finished it!

Cindi Madsen’s “The Mistletoe Trap” is about a nerdy woman nam ...more

By Margie October 26, 2020

Julie and Gavin have been friends since they were in diapers. The proof of that is the picture of the two of them in diapers on the beach together which is prominently displayed in the homes of both sets of parents. Julie has shared all her ups and downs in life with Gavin. No one has ever had a bet ...more

By Marsha November 01, 2020

This was a fun, fast paced best friends to lovers holiday romance. They've been pushed by their families to become more than friends their entire lives, but they are adamant they are only friends, albeit extremely close friends. But then while they were at their parents place for the holidays, they ...more

By Teri November 02, 2020

Julie who is a Pathologist living in Arizona has been friends with Gavin, a pro football player in Texas since they were kids, their parents are best friends and they have spent holidays and vacations together. When the two go home to Colorado for the holidays their parents take this time to finally ...more

By ALR November 02, 2020

Julie and Gavin are best friends since childhood (literally there’s pictures of them in diapers together), but they couldn’t be more different. Julie is short, brainy, and super uncoordinated, while Gavin is tall, dark and super athletic. Even though they’re totally opposite of each other no one kno ...more

By Downward dog November 01, 2020

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

Can best friends fall in love? You will find out when you read The Mistletoe Trap. A lighthearted story that is the perfect way to start get ...more

By Wendy October 26, 2020

Cindi Madsen's stories just make you wanna go "Aaahhwwww". Cuteness factor: through the roof. And although all books can be read as a standalone, Cindi makes it just that more fun to bring characters from other stories into the mix.
In The Mistletoe Trap we have Julie and Gavin, friends from their t ...more

By Lara November 02, 2020

I loved this friends-to-lovers book so much! It was a bit of a slow burn, but I never felt that the story was dragging on too long as I have with others like this.

Madsen does an amazing job of slowly making these two friends aware of the other person as attractive when previously neither thought of ...more

By Natasha October 17, 2020

This was a cute best friends to lovers sports Christmas romance (wow that was a mouthful)! I really like Cindi Madsen’s books and this one doesn’t disappoint. It is the 2nd in the series but can be easily read as a stand-alone without needing to read the first book. Having really enjoyed the first b ...more

By Terry October 28, 2020

5 Stars for this laugh-out-loud romance!

Julie and Gavin have been best friends since they were in diapers. Now, he's a quarterback in the NFL and she's a pathologist and they live thousands of miles apart. Even though they still talk or Facetime almost every day, they don't get to see each other in ...more

By Donna October 28, 2020

The Mistletoe Trap by Cindi Madsen is a fun romance that borders on a comedy with their crazy parents. Julie and Gavin have been friends since they were in diapers and their parents have been trying to make them realize they would make a great couple.

Gavin is a star quarterback home for the holiday ...more

By T Rachelle October 31, 2020

I loved this book! This was a quick and easy read. The main female character Julie, is a pathologist, she is quirky, weird and tend to blurt out whatever was one her mind. Her male counterpart, Gavin is an NFL player and has been best friends since they were in diapers. This book was the perfect con ...more

By B. November 01, 2020

This was a fun, sweet romance between two best friends who seem not to realize that they are meant for each other even though they live in different states and have such different professions. Julie lives in Arizona and leads a pathology lab. I don’t really buy that anyone would have a habit of desc ...more

By Sharon October 31, 2020

I loved this story! 5 Christmas stars for this one!
Here we have a story about life long best friends, Julie & Gavin. Their families are just as close with each other and have been on a mission to get these two friends together every chance they get.
Gavin is a starting quarterback for a new team, h ...more

By Diane October 28, 2020

Realizing they are in love with their best friend!

Gavin Frost and Julie O’Neill have been best friends since they were toddlers even when he became a professional football player and Julie graduated medical school. They knew that their families would be ecstatic if they started dating so when Gavin ...more

By Becki October 23, 2020

I really wanted to love this book. Super cute cover, adorable "happily ever after" storyline... This should have been right up my alley. The writing itself was quality, but sadly, I just could not make myself care about this couple. The characters were rather one dimensional, the pacing of their sto ...more

By MJ October 22, 2020

This book is perfect for Christmas season (or just to enjoy some romance)!
The story is of two best friends Julie and Gavin and can I have that type of friendship? BECAUSE THEY ARE GOALS who haven't seen each other for a long time so for the holidays they returned to their hometown where both familie ...more

By Nancy November 02, 2020

The Mistletoe Trap (Heart in the Game, #2) by Cindi Madsen

This is the first book by Cindi Madsen that I have read.... I will be looking for more...
Julie and Gavin have been friends since they were in diapers and their families are closer than most families and have been planning for Julie and Gavin ...more

By Terri October 18, 2020

I enjoyed this book. I loved how Julie is smart, funny and supports her best friend Gavin. Gavin is a NFL quarterback for the Mustangs. Gavin and Julie have been best friends because of their parents. Gavin comes home for Christmas because he injured his shoulder and needs to rest it. Both families ...more

By Kandace Denys October 28, 2020

I’m just basking in the spirit of the holidays right now, and this sports/holiday romance amplified my feelings by about 1000.
Sports meets best friends meets holiday would be the best way to describe this feel good romance.
I loved the character of Julie. Her quirky brain and misunderstood demeanor ...more

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Cindi Madsen

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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