Kissing Santa Claus (Men of Hawaii #3)
Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells
Holly hates the yuletide season more than ever since she inherited her mother’s Christmas novelty store, 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, t
I could not wait for this story to be over. It was mind-numbingly boring. I couldn't drum up any enthusiasm about the romance, and the plot about the Christmas shop Holly inherited from her mother was anything but compelling. The subplot about the journal Holly discovers in an antique roll-top desk felt completely out of place in the story. I consider 2 stars a generous rating.
Very cute! This is actually the firs ...more
This was a terrible book. I've read lots of Christmas novellas and short stories and many of them have been really good. There is no excuse for these stories.
Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman: This story had the MCs breathless all the time - no doubt this was because all their conversations consisted of long theatrical monologues. The heroine starts out all angsty over selling her mother's shop and making decisions about her life and then preced ...more
by: Donna Kauffman
Holly and Sean sound like the perfect couple. It is a shame that they wasted all that time that they could have been together just because they were both so afraid of being rejected.
If not for Holly's mother leaving her the store she may never have reconnected with Sean... she may have missed out on true love, and a real family.
by: Jill Shalvis
Hope has been through a lot in her life, she has dated all the wrong guys in the past and paid ...more
So far "Bah Handsome" the second story really got me. The writing was fresh, witty and sexy and I liked the two main characters enough to wish that there had been a longer book on top of that I liked the secondary characters enough to wish that there had been another book about them. Sheesh, I'm going to have to find more from this woman because our writing styles are ...more
Holly fled her hometown and her mother's Christmas store. After years abroad, she's now back to deal with the store since her parents retired and handed over the keys.
Sean, a chef whose family restaurant is across from the Christmas store, has always had a crush on Holly and now that she's back, he's not wasting any time.
An okay story.
Bah Handsome<\i> by Jill Shalvis
Bummed because I've read this one.
Hope had to borrow money from her ...more
I really liked the second story by Jill Shalvis. It was a cute and witty short story and I really enjoyed it.
The third story was a dud. I gave up somewhere after chapter two. I tried reading chapter 3 but found myself thinking about laundry and dishes and other things more exciting than the story. LOL
1. Lock, Stock & Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman. Holly comes back to her hometown after her mother and father retire leaving her a Christmas theme store, inventory and all. She runs into Sean, the nice jock she had a crush on in high school, who happened to also have a unrequited crush on her. Now she has to decide whether to sell everything and go back to London where she had settled or stay and maybe start something with Sean. Very good, sweet, romantic story. ****
2. Bah, Handsom ...more
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 pa ...more
This book has three shorts in it:
Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman
Bah Handsome by Jill Shalvis
It's Hotter at Christmas by HelenKay Dimon
All three were cute but would I feel compelled to read more about any of the characters, not really. When I finish a book/story wanting more of the characters, wanting to see what further is going to happen in their lives, those books get 4 to 5 stars.
I like Christmas oriented storie ...more
"Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells" by Donna Kauffman
It's with greatly conflicting emotions that Holly returns to her childhood hometown at Christmastime to figure out what she's going to do with the store her mother left her when her parents unexpectedly retired. And who should she meet up with but her childhood crush Sean, who runs his family's restaurant across the str ...more
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 r ...more
First, the stories were longer (only three total, all about 100 pages) and that let them develop a little better. Second, I'd say they were written by authors with a little more talent fo ...more
These are fun, quick escape reads that you can fit in amongst the holiday preparations (although not of the heartwarming variety).
Unfortunately, her story is paired with two other poor contributions, one by Donna Kauffman, the other by Helenkay Dimon. Neither of those would lead me to read their full-length works. The less said about their portions of this book, the better. If you pick this up, just read Jill ...more
Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman: 2.5* Just boring mostly, and a little silly.
Bah Handsome! by Jill Shalvis: 3.5* Cute story with some trademark Shalvis humor. The bear cub was a nice touch! Especially since I've seen pictures posted on her (hilarious) blog of the bears that come near her house in Colorado!
It's Hotter at Christmas by HelenKay Dimon: 3.5* This might be my favorite of the three. I've never read Dimon before but I loved her humor. I'm going to try a full- ...more
Donna Kaufman's story really sweet. It was quick paced but hit all the right spots.
Jill Shalvis' Bah Humbug was sexy. I wish this one had been a little longer. No question Jill knows how to write. It was funny and spicy and a just plain good read.
HelenKay Dimon's story ended it and it was mostly spicy. The chemistry between Ted and Marissa was hot but the rest of the story was ok.
I would recommend this book as a fun, fluffy read.