Kissing Santa Claus
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Kissing Santa Claus
Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis and HelenKay Dimon
352 pages
October 2009
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Christmas is the season to be merry, but it can also ring in wretched scrooges, too. For those who love the jolly season and everything represents in their lives, it's difficult to see the holidays in any other light. Obviously, those with less-than-happy experiences may find that the season doesn't hold the same charm. How do people with such drastically opposing views on such an important time of year—maybe even their entire outlooks on life—get past the scrooge complex and embrace what Santa is trying to give them with a big red bow?

Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman brings together Scrooge-wannabe Holly and Christmas-enthusiast Sean when the circumstances couldn’t be more difficult—or easier. Holly grew up knowing the Christmas novelty store she's just inherited intimately; she never loved it, either. Sean grew up across the street in his family’s hit restaurant; he was always Mr. Popular there and everywhere else.

Holly reappears outside the family store in the cold, snowy night, and while Sean may never have had the courage to chase her before, now things are different. Holly's life has certainly altered. Her mother hasn’t died, but she has just thrust her life’s work upon Holly without a moment’s notice—what the heck? Holly has hated Christmas her whole life - now she’s got a store that sells it. She just wants to escape, but her old crush Sean seems determined to change her plans and opinions in a big, fast way.

Bah Handsome! by Jill Shalvis joyfully throws disconsolate Hope and determined Danny into a difficult situation. With a blizzard raging, stranded Danny has nowhere else to stay, but Hope isn't going to allow her tool of a stepbrother to get off easy. He's snooping to take her home away—or so she thinks—and she is determined to fight him tooth and nail, even if she is terribly attracted to him. Danny knows that Hope can’t possibly make the loan deadline and wants to help, the fact that he is so attracted to her notwithstanding. Will Santa be wrapping both of them up with a bow as presents for one another this year?

It’s Hotter at Christmas by Helenkay Dimon brings one heck of a Mele Kalikimaka to East Coast native Marissa. After a rather nasty altercation at the airport requires Marissa to have an extended-stay on the island of Kauai, a theft in her hotel room does nothing to improve her mood. When Officer Ted saunters onto to the scene, complications are inevitable. Ted is determined to find out who is targeting Marissa and give her a Christmas to remember—Hawaiian style. Careful what you wish for, Ted - Santa might just give it!

This collection of romantic Christmas rtales are full of fun bah-humbug twists. These three sizzling stories are sure to add a little kick to that already spiked eggnog. Kauffman is a USA Today bestselling author, and her contribution of Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells is arguably the most entertaining of the three, though each is fun in its own right.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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