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Winter's Kiss: The Ex Games; The Twelve Dates of Christmas

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  480 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Cozy up to a double dose of winter-themed romantic comedy with two books in one bind-up.Lexi has come up with a master plan to make Cameron break up with her: get him to fall for another girl so she’ll be free (and guilt-free, too). But when the plan goes well—too well—Lexi starts to wonder if she hasn’t made a terrible mistake. Has she let the perfect guy get away? And is ...more
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Published January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Jan 25, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Review: The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols

There is no doubt that I love Jennifer Echols, so of course I had a blast reading her winter romantic comedy! The Ex Games was published in 2009, but was republished in a volume with The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hopka this month. Even though it's been around for three years, it was still the perfect book to cozy up with while the snow fell outside.

Hayden and Nick have a rocky past; they dated four years ago but broke up soon after when Nick b
Jessica at Book Sake
Jan 07, 2012 Jessica at Book Sake rated it really liked it
Hmm, so how to review two books by two different authors in one actual book? Well, the two stories go together very well. The editors or publishers did a fantastic job of matching these up. Both are young adult romantic comedies and take place in the winter-time, which was perfect for me to read on the coldest days we’ve had in Florida in awhile. (No snow to go along with it, but I had my fair share of hot chocolate while reading.)

(*Note that the description of the book that I pulled from the pu
Jan 23, 2016 Meauda rated it it was amazing
This book was really great... Although I really enjoyed The Ex Games by: Jennifer Echols, I will try to review on both books. Well first off, in The Ex Games, Hayden is a struggling snowboarder who has an issue on doing jumps, when her and her ex boyfriend, Nick begin to get heated between flirting they both agree to go on a head to head competition things go from bad to worse. This is truly one of the cutest romance comedies ever written and you should definitely read it. The second book is Th ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
The romances were very sweet but I also think these were some messed up people! Full review soon :)
Kristina Snyder
Dec 06, 2012 Kristina Snyder rated it it was amazing
Winter's kiss had two wonderful stories that I enjoyed reading. Both stories were beautifully written. I was immediately captivated with both stories. This is a book I will definitely be rereading. I loved it!!! I am really hoping I get to see more of these characters down the road.

The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols was a very sweet story. I loved, loved loved it. Hayden has never forgiven Nick on the bet he set with his friends. He hurt her more than she lets on. Four years later, they appear to
Jun 05, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: Public Library
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May 10, 2012 RivkaBelle rated it liked it
Book provided by author for review.
Review originally published on my blog

Winter's Kiss is actually two books in one cute little volume: The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols and The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka. The two novels pair together beautifully, and I read them during a particular cold week - which made them doubly fitting.

The Ex Games is an intense ride. Hayden and Nick were an item in seventh grade, and have been enemies ever since. Well, maybe not en
Christi Snow
Jan 03, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
The Ex Games
by Jennifer Echols

My Rating: A

Story Overview:
Meanwhile, Hayden and Nick’s steamy relationship has ended in a frosty breakup, and now they’re just friends. But when they decide to go head-to-head in a boarding contest, the friendly competition gets heated….Will sparks start to fly on and off the slopes?

My Review:
What a wonderfully sweet romantic story, but it was so much more than that. This book is about Nick and Hayden. They dated for a single month in 7th grade and have had a con
Aug 09, 2013 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 09, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I really loved both stories! And the one thing that the guys have in common for both stories is that they never forget their frst love. No matter how long, it's still there. That spark that everyone is saying about.

I really love how Nick wanted Hayden back badly and how he confessed that he should be the one for her and not Everett [cuss word] Walsh. (see what i did there) He really fought for her. It's such a sweet sweet story if you just wanna be in the mood for some romantic-cuddly-mini tear
Jan 06, 2013 Katy rated it liked it
Thank you Jennifer Echols for sending me an autographed copy.

3 stars - 4 for The Ex Games and 2 for The Twelve Dates of Christmas

I borrowed The Ex Games from the library and read it over a year ago and really liked it. I was excited to own it when I received the autographed copy of Winter's Kiss today and reskimmed the story and found I still thought it was really cute. I'm a sucker for romantic comedies, and I don't care if they're cliche or cheesy. This book made me smile, and a love a banter
Aug 04, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Stupid romantic comedy. Enough said. All right, because you know I can't leave it at that. These two books had some sweet moments, but for the most part they were seriously nauseating. In the first one a girl tries to get rid of her BF by setting him up with another girl because she doesn't feel like they have a future together. But she changes her mind and tries to get him back. But she won't tell him that she set him up, because she has too much pride. Well, apparently she has no self respect ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Danielle rated it really liked it
I would have given this book compilation 5 stars if it were not for the second book by Catherine Hapka. I absolutely loved the first book by Jennifer Echols, The Ex Games. The plot was interesting with a snowboarding competition between exes. The characters were fantastic and funny. The second book was not nearly as enjoyable as I had hoped from the plot description. I found the female character dislikeable and unrelatable. I did not bother to read past the first couple chapters.
I read both of these stories pretty quick, but I have to say I enjoyed The Ex Games better than The 12 Dates Of Christmas.

The Ex Games:
I'm a sucker for any Jennifer Echols story. It had many cute and funny moments, which had me enjoy every word. Again, its a love-hate relationship between the 2 main characters, which i always enjoy. The characters were likeable and relatable, and I would read it again! 3.5/5 stars.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas:
This was an interesting story, since it's about a
Hayley Dube
Oct 16, 2012 Hayley Dube rated it really liked it
The first book is called "The Ex Games." Nick and Hayden used to date in the seventh grade, now in the eleventh grade they are thrown together again. When Nick challenges Hayden to a snowboarding comp, he believes he will win without any explanation. My favorite part was when Nick and Hayden were alone together. Will sparks start to fly on and off the slopes? The second book is called "The Twelve Dates of Christmas." Lexi thinks her boyfriend Cam isn't committed to her for the long run. So she d ...more
Tristen Weyer
Apr 13, 2015 Tristen Weyer rated it liked it
This book actually contains two books, but I only read the first one. It was alright I could say, but the second one I just couldn't get into. I wouldn't really suggest this book, it wasn't all that great.
Apr 23, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book was soooo cute! I absolutely loved it! it was fairly appropriate ( both books) with a few swear words here and there. I absolutely fell in love with both stories! :D
Nov 24, 2014 Ela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was kind of hard for me to rate this since it has essentially two books in it.

The Ex Games I loved. The characters are witty and fun. Although there is a huge amount of drama and back and forth, I still really liked the story.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas was... ok. I can't really say a whole lot more about it except that I suffered through it. While it was a cute concept, the main character was a hot mess and a poster girl for 'be careful what you wish for' and a little crazy.

Both were fun w
May 18, 2012 galmy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Winter romantics.
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The weather has been really hot these days so I thought about reading this to cool myself off.

I liked the first story. It was so cute and to hide your feelings for so long is just so amazing and unbelievable. It's like in the end that I realised that everyone's trying to help her and she was amazingly able to pull off a 1080 just because her mentor told her some stuff. She should have came earlier...

The second story didn't interest me. I didn't like how she was pushing and pulling him away, how
Apr 07, 2014 Lene rated it liked it
Maryrose Gestoso
Dec 18, 2014 Maryrose Gestoso rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I only read the Ex-games by Jennifer Echols and I liked it. I may have to skip the other story since I still have plenty of other books to read. I hope that I could pick this up again though some other time. yay!
Mar 18, 2014 Pay rated it really liked it
This was very girly and a little bit cheesy, but if you like this kind of thing it's perfect for you. I did over all enjoy it. It was a fun light read. And I particularly liked how they joined the two stories into one
May 03, 2013 Abi rated it really liked it
Let me say one thing I enjoyed the twelve dates of Christmas more than the ex games. (Gasp) surprising, I know. Sure Hayden reminded me of myself and her and Nick were cute but I just liked the twelve dates of Christmas more. I mean Lexi was so funny and her schemes were so entertaining! Not to mention how cute Cam seemed. It's such a cute read and would be fun to read durning Christmas.
Laura Bang
Not the greatest YA rom-coms, but good brain candy for the holidays. I read most of the first one on the plane home and the rest I read between family time. Both stories have their annoyances, but I liked the second story, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, slightly better.
Jan 22, 2014 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. These two stories were cute little contemporaries and a fun way to pass my afternoon. I loved the first one - Jennifer Echols never disappoints. The second story, however, bored me at times. Overall, a quick, fun read for a snowy day.
Apr 04, 2012 Michaela rated it it was ok
I read The Ex Games and I loved it but as I started to read The Twelve Dates of Christmas I really couldn't get into it so I decided to stop reading it.
Feb 08, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Light reading for teens and young adults - read my full review for this book at:
Chandra Thurman
Feb 29, 2012 Chandra Thurman rated it it was ok
Both stories were kind of eh. Not my favorite or anything. It just semed like the stories were rushed since there had to be two stories in one book.
Apr 24, 2012 India rated it it was amazing
This was a great book because it's 2 in 1. I loved the first book. The second took longer to get into but once i did i loved it too.
Alina Borger
Rating for first book. Best line that I knew was coming: "Four years."

Second book blah.
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more
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