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Kissing Santa Claus

Guest Author - Elizabeth Darrach

Hello, and welcome back! Itís beautiful here right now, sunny and cool. The trees are looking rather naked, though, after the rain and wind we had last week. I guess that means winter is coming next. Perhaps weíll be lucky and actually get some snow this year. In any case, itís been good weather for reading, which means Iíve made it through the rest of the October books, and have started on the November romances. But I do still have a couple October books to share with you here.

This time out, I have the anthology Kissing Santa Claus (Brava). Donna Kauffmanís ĎLock, Stock and Jingle Bellsí starts things off with Holly Bennett returning to her childhood home at holiday time to decide what to do with the store her mother has given her. Sean Gallagher is happy to see Holly home again; he always had a crush on the quiet girl across the street but never did anything about it. Now he can see if that affection was ever reciprocated. Too bad Holly doesnít intend to stay, though. Worse, she hates his favorite season of the year. Of course, Holly always had her own secret crush on the popular boy from across the street, and he might persuade her that Christmas isnít so bad.

ĎBah Handsomeí from Jill Shalvis is next, with Hope OíBrien worrying about making her loan payment to her greedy step-brother and keeping her B&B afloat through the holiday season. Then his accountant shows up on her doorstep in the middle of a snowstorm, and that canít be good. Danny Shaw has come on orders from his boss to find out whatís going on at the B&B, but heíd really like to help Hope keep her home and livelihood. Convincing her that he really does want to help wonít be easy, but making her understand how much heís attracted to her will be, happily, much simpler. But Hope canít trust that Danny really isnít there to take away her dream, no matter how much their attraction scorches the pair of them.

HelenKay Dimonís ĎItís Hotter at Christmasí has Marissa Brandt stranded in Hawaii for work when sheíd much rather be home in Philly with snow falling around her. Deputy police chief Ted Greene isnít sure exactly whatís going on with her--first her purse was stolen, then she claims her room was broken into though nothing was taken--but he does know heís wildly attracted to the woman. He also knows they canít have anything but a quick holiday fling, because he canít risk his heart again for a woman. Good thing Marissa isnít willing to take Ďnoí for an answer. My favorite story here is the Shalvis, with Hope and Danny, and her well-meaning and interfering best friends who want to see her as happy as they are. Danny is a charmer, not to mention sexy as heck, and Hope is determined to keep her dream. Kauffman isnít one of my favorite authors, but I really liked this story a lot better than Iíve liked her other recent releases. Holly and Sean have some scorching chemistry between them, and I liked Seanís determination to win her. I didnít love Dimonís story, with Ted who canít seem to resist Marissa even though heís investigating her case, or Marissa who lets him push her away, at least for a while. For the first two stories, Iím borrowing four of Cupidís five arrows. If youíre looking to get into a winter holiday state of mind, theyíll get you there.

Until next time, happy reading!

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