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Kissing Santa Claus

(Men of Hawaii #3)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  609 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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 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

Paperback, Brava, 307 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published September 30th 2006)
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Lock, Stock, and Jinglebells
Donna Kauffman
2 stars

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.

Bah, Handsome!
Jill Shalvis
3.5 stars

Very cute! This is actually the firs
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
These three stories were so focused on sex between the characters that any character development was largely ignored. Not a book I'm going to keep in my collection or want to read again, I think.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this as a freebie at RT15.

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
Libby Waterford
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked all three stories, but especially Jill Shalvis's. Her story was sexy and believable. Also I'm a big fan of heroes who wear glasses. ;)
Rebecca Wood
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
More 2.5 stars.
The first story was okay, a solid 3 stars.
The second story was my favorite a 3.5/4 star.
The last story was the worst I DNF’d it about 50 pages in.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells
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.

Bah Handsome!
by: Jill Shalvis

Hope has been through a lot in her life, she has dated all the wrong guys in the past and paid
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
The first one, "Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells" was a pretty good story, some editorial fixes needed to be made but satisfactory.

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
Heather T
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure. Some stories had potential, but they end the minute you get into them. Short stories either don't develop their characters well, or do a good job with the characters, but end the book too suddenly without the proper rises and falls. Very few authors manage the right balance. I saw potential in the first two, but Dimon was the only that I really got into because it felt more complete. Although, the Shalvis story made me want more and was more interesting for me. I just felt like it ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The first story by Donna Kauffman was OK. Some of the dialogue was a little odd to me, but the story wasn't that great, or that bad. Just middle of the road.

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
Patti K
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall, not a bad read. I read this primarily for the Jill Shalvis story and also because I wanted to see if I liked Helenkay Dimon, since she has a series set in Hawaii, and this seemed like a good way to sample the Men of Hawaii stories. It was much better than the last collection I read for a couple reasons.

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
Cari Keck
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was just not my cup of tea. It is a combination of three stories that are mainly love stories which is ok. What I don't like is detail about the love making nor the cuss words in the book. An author can write a decent book without either one.
Nancy S
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun stories.
Syntha Green
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable Christmas romances
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun read from some of my favorite authors. Can't believe I had missed it! Always enjoy a good holiday read and adding a little sexy time always makes it better.
Debbie M.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
First story was ok but couldn't get into either of the others. Stopped reading.
Janet Robel
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
These are three cute holiday romances.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Beverly Diehl
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 pa
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this 2.5 stars, but I'll tip it up to three because of Shalvis' contribution and, to a lesser degree, Dimon's.

"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
Carolyn F.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it

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
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 r
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Was this the best book I ever read? No. Was it an okay read, yes.

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
Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells<\i> by Donna Kauffman
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
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This was a pretty good book. I liked two out of three of the stories. The characters and plots were good. The first one was ok, but didn't really pull me in, the second and last one did. I liked the tempers and emotions, the personalities, humor, and pretty much the whole feel of those ones. I smiled and laughed, wanted to smack a few over the head, got a little huffed up, and loved the overall (semi) Christmas feel. Although these were definitely set in the season, the title still confuses me, ...more
3.5* overall

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-
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really like Donna Kauffman and Jill Shalvis, but both of these stories were about 1.5-2 stars. This Kauffman story is part of series and again has way too much plot for a short story. The Shalvis story was particularly bad - Hope is in financial difficulties for a really ridiculous reason and her loan is due in a month. I really don't like the interfering, "You should have more sex" friend and this one was a doozy. Guy shows up to call in the loan before she's known him 10 minutes, the friend ...more
Judy Goodnight
The only reason I read this book was to play catch up with Jill Shalvis's backlist of books. On her own, I'd give Shalvis's contribution, "Bah, Handsome!" 3.5 stars. Jill knows how to bring both the sexy and the funny.

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
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, romance
I enjoyed these three romances that take place during the Christmas holiday season. The first two novellas are stronger than the last one, but there is good chemistry, if a somewhat weak plot, in the third. Note that these are not centered around family or the holiday (aside from the decorations and other trappings, there's not much mention of the holiday).
These are fun, quick escape reads that you can fit in amongst the holiday preparations (although not of the heartwarming variety).
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
3 very good reads.

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.
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USA Today bestseller and award winning author of the Cupcake Club series and the Blueberry Cove series, DONNA KAUFFMAN has been gratified to see her books get rave reviews in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia, where she is happily working on the next book in her b ...more

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