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Kissing Santa Claus

Kissing Santa Claus [Kindle Edition]

Donna Kauffman , Jill Shalvis , HelenKay Dimon
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Three hottie humbugs find holiday magic where they least expect it...

Donna Kauffman Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells

Holly hates the yuletide season more than ever since she inherited her mother’s Christmas novelty shop, but her childhood pal Sean’s determined to warm her up—to Christmas and to him. When they uncover a diary concealing secrets involving both their families, this could be the Christmas that changes their lives forever…

Jill Shalvis Bah Handsome!

Behind on her bills, B&B owner Hope receives an unlikely guest—stranded solicitor Danny, who’s been threatening to put her out of business. Hope’s staff sees more fire than fight in the sparks that fly as they try and bring Hope and Danny together, but only a Christmas miracle can help these unlikely lovers see the light…

Helenkay Dimon It’s Hotter at Christmas

Hawaii’s no paradise for Marissa, who, thanks to a series of unfortunate events, can’t seem to get away from the sand to enjoy her Christmas East Coast style—with plenty of snow and slush. But tall, dark, and serious police officer Ted’s about to give this bad Santa in heels a Mele Kalikimaka she’ll never forget…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758238851
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI84A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #353,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty standard Christmas romance anthology 22 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Holly Berry hates everything to do with Christmas. So it's no great joy to her when she inherits her mother's Christmas shop in the small town where she grew up in and then left as soon as she was able. But her childhood crush Sean Gallagher is determined to make sure this is a Christmas season that Holly won't soon forget.

This story lacked any sparkle, Christmas or otherwise. The plot was quite plodding, the characters lacking depth and the main focus of the story, a diary of secrets, was seemingly the prelude to another story by Kauffman. Disappointing.

BAH, HANDSOME! - Jill Shalvis
Hope O'Brien is struggling to keep her Colorado B&B in the black. She can't afford to turn down any paying customers but when accountant Danny Shaw (who just happens to be the man who's trying to put her out of business) turns up she might just change her mind. But the sparks that are flying aren't out of anger so the B&B staff attempt a little holiday matchmaking.

This was an adorable story that kept my interest from beginning to end. I do love a sexy geek as a hero and Danny definitely was that. The couple had chemistry, there was humour and there was lots of snow. Not terribly Christmassy but it doesn't matter when the story is as good as this one is.

Marissa just can't believe her luck - all she wants is to leave Hawaii and head home to Philadelphia to enjoy some snow at Christmas yet she's been the victim of two thefts and now can't get a flight. The only person that can help her is police deputy Ted who is determined to show Marissa that Christmas doesn't need snow to be perfect.

While I did enjoy this story, it didn't really have any real excitement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the perfect book to put you in the holiday mood. 20 Oct 2009
By C. Dionne - Published on
Holly despises the holiday season and her parents' enthusiasm for it only intensifies her feelings. Sharing her birthday with Christmas certainly doesn't help matters any either. Now her parents have opted to retire and gift her with her mother's beloved Christmas novelty shop which means leaving her home in London and making some major decisions about what to do with the business. The last thing she expects is some sound advice and a lot of sexy merrymaking with her childhood friend Sean. Can she possibly create a new life and dreams from what she believes is one of the worst things that has happened to her?

I had to giggle at Holly's horrified reaction to becoming the proud owner of her mother's Christmas themed shop, but once Sean steps into the picture there's no doubt that some dreams can come true and that theme continues throughout this gem of a story.

BAH HANDSOME! By Jill Shalvis
With less than a month left to come up with the money to pay back her stepbrother Edward the money he lent her for her B&B Hope isn't exactly in the mood for making merry and wishing on mistletoe for something to keep her warm at night. Her employee Lori certainly isn't above making that wish for her though. Unfortunately the only man who appears is Edward's CPA Danny Shaw. So much for Christmas wishes! But with a little help from the B&B staff Danny may just get the opportunity to prove to Hope that he only has her best interests at heart.

Never has a CPA been more sexy or exciting! Danny's refusal to accept any of Hope's dismissive gestures had me rooting for him to the very end. What makes this story even more endearing are the employees matchmaking efforts - when they aren't sneaking off to make out themselves that is!

All Marissa wants is to return home to enjoy an East Coast snowy Christmas but she's suffered one problem after another and it's looking like she'll never get a break from the sandy beaches of Hawaii. The last thing she needs is tall, dark and sexy police officer Ted's condescending attitude. After all, it's not like she asked for her wallet and all her ID to be stolen or her hotel room broken into, now did she? Fortunately Ted has a few ideas on how to make Marissa's holiday one she'll never forget.

I believe this may be my favorite story in this anthology simply because of Marissa's lack of self-preservation once she's irritated and Ted's calm condescending demeanor - add a bit of sexual energy and they definitely could use a bit of snow to cool them off.

KISSING SANTA CLAUS is a praiseworthy contemporary anthology full of hunky heroes and sassy heroines. Each story brought a smile to my face and a chuckle to my heart as the characters struggle through their own personal conflicts. Whether you're a big fan of the holiday season or wish the whole month of December would fall off the map Christmas themed stories seem to always strike a chord and instill a sense of hope into the reader's heart.

KISSING SANTA CLAUS is Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis & HelenKay Dimon's second collaboration. The first, TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT, was released in October 2008.

Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful christmas book 28 Oct 2009
By Judy - Published on
Kissing Santa Claus has three sexy stories by three of today's hottest romance writers

Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman has Holly Berry Bennett taking over her parents business Santa's Workshop. Pity Holly and Christmas don't get along. She plans on only being home a short time. Holly didn't plan on Sean Gallagher becoming more then just a blast from the past.

Jill Shalvis story Bah, Handsome! has Hope O'Brien struggling to keep her B&B above water. She is trying to payback a loan from the devil, AKA her stepbrother. He sends his CPA to check up on Hope. Danny Shaw doesn't much care for his boss business practices but he comes to the B&B to see how close Hope is to repaying her debt. Spending time helping Hope has opened his eyes to what really is important in life.

It's Hotter At Christmas by HelenKay Dimon has Marissa Brandt having a heck of a time trying to leave Hawaii. First her purse is stolen, then her room is ransacked and the local law is on her case. Deputy Police Chief Ted Green is determined to get Marissa off his island before she gets into more trouble. Ted has been burnt by a mainlander before and doesn't want it to ever happen again. Once Marissa worms her way into his heart will he be able to let her go?

Kissing Santa Claus is a wonderful holiday treat. It will warm your heart and your soul. You can't go wrong with stories by these three delightful authors.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Holiday Romances... 7 Nov 2010
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Three Holiday Romances...
Delight your senses with these three novellas.
Kauffman's `Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells' is the story of Holly, an only child who is given a gift she doesn't quite want, and Sean, a restaurant owner who has more responsibilities than most. Sweet, poignant story of love fulfilled and dreams found.
Shalvis's `Bah, Handsome' is the story of Hope, the struggling owner of a secluded B&B and Danny, a CPA working for her greedy brother. A story of discovery, love, and coming together against all odds.
Dimon's `It's Hotter At Christmas' is the story of Marissa, a victim of multiple crimes and Ted, the police officer who comes to her rescue in more ways than one. Set in the tropics of Hawaii, this is a fun story of new found love in an unexpected time & place.
All three of these stories were fun reads. Characters and stories were well done. Although none of the stories were very deep, they were each worth the read.

Keep in mind that these stories are fluff romance (light erotica) reads. 4* of 5*
4.0 out of 5 stars Good winter read! 25 Dec 2013
By Nelly35 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
There were 3 stories in the book: "Stock and Jingle Bells", "Bah Handsome", "It's Hotter at Christmas". My favorite story was "Bah Handsome", what can I say I love nerds! If I am not mistaken this story was actually the shortest and I was really sad when the story was over. "Stock and Jingle Bells" was my second favorite story and "It's Hotter at Christmas" is my least favorite story.
3.0 out of 5 stars All the Decorations, Little of the Spirit 27 Nov 2013
By Beverly Diehl - Published on
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I'm a fan of Jill Shalvis, have recently read and enjoyed Helenkay Dimon, so figured I had a two out of three chance of loving this anthology.

Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kaufman
Holly Berry Bennett, a late-in-life Christmas baby, has been surprised by her mother, who was crazy about all things Christmas, with the "gift" of her boutique Christmas store in small-town South Carolina. She's free to continue to operate it, or sell it, her choice.

I simply didn't find Holly a compelling or passionate character; more of a jellyfish, swept along by whatever tide. She paints, but has made a life for herself in London in an ad agency, which she doesn't love, doesn't hate. She doesn't WANT the store, but she doesn't want to work proactively at closing it and moving the stock, even though it is the middle of the Christmas season. She always had a mad crush on Sean Gallagher, who now owns the restaurant across the street, but it's not like she's going to even cross the street.

Sean, on the other hand, is hot and sexy and SOOOO interested in Holly that he'll cross the street, 2-3 times a day, bringing her food and making speeches. He spends about three pages trying to convince her that he had a crush on her way back when, which I found totally unbelievable; sexy, experienced thirty-something guys don't MAKE long rambling high schoolish speeches like that. There's a side plot about an illegitimate heir who's not too closely related to Sean which adds nothing to the story. The sex scenes were well-written, but since I didn't feel emotionally invested in the characters, it was hard to have more than a clinical interest.

Bah, Handsome! by Jill Shalvis is now also included in her "Merry and Bright" anthology. Since I really liked this story, I suggest going in that direction, instead of this collection.
Holly O'Brien owns a struggling B & B in Colorado, which is CLOSE to turning the corner and making a profit, allowing her to pay back her Grinchly stepbrother, from whom she took a loan. But the Grinch has even sent his accountant, Danny Shaw, to make sure she pays up. Danny, sexy guy even with his glasses, finds his sympathies - and his libido - are strongly with Hope; she doesn't want to acknowledge it, since he represents the enemy. It's cute and funny and sexy, and there's mistletoe and snow and bears.

It's Hotter at Christmas by Helenkay Dimon
Ted Greene is a detective in Kauai, assigned to investigate robberies happening to a particular tourist, Marissa Brandt. Problem: he wants to boink her lights out. Problem solved: chief of police gives him a green light to go ahead, and DOESN'T take him off the investigation (would this really happen, even in a small town?). Ted is an appealing enough character, but I didn't get much about Marissa except that she was peeved enough to kick a TSA officer in the shins when he wouldn't let her board the plane without ID (cute? not so much). I got more personality from Ted's sister Nicki, the hotel manager. What I wanted was to see Marissa falling in love with Kauai, and Ted, not necessarily in that order, as well as Ted lusting for her, but I wasn't feeling it. Well-written sex scenes, but again, I wasn't invested, so meh.

I hate to bah humbug any book, let alone a holiday one, but this is one I kept putting down and struggling to pick back up, except for the Shalvis story.
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