Reads for the Holidays

November 25th, 2015 Kimberly Review 62 Comments

25th Nov

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Today I am sharing two reads for the holidays that will curl your toes and pull at your heartstrings. A Bad Boy for Christmas by Jessica Lemmon and Unwrapped  by Katie Lane Jessica Lemmon has become a go to author in contemporary romance for me. This was my first read by Katie Lane but it will not be my last. Go grab some hot cocoa and settle in for my reviews. You are going to want to snuggle up with these titles.

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Reads for the Holidays
A Bad Boy For Christmas
by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance #3
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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'Tis the Season to Be Naughty ...Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that's a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . . With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they'll have to decide if they're ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.

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A Bad Boy for Christmas by Jessica Lemmon is the third book in her yummy Second Chance romance series. Each book can be read as a standalone and I have loved them all.  Conner McClain and Faith Garrett’s story had all the elements I love in a romance from the perfect chemistry to delicious banter.

We meet Conner and Faith in the previous novels as Faith had a come to Jesus moment when she saw Conner working on Donovan Pate’s estate in the quiet lakeside community of Evergreen Cove. Faith, coming off a nasty breakup is best friends and business partners with Sofie Martin.  I loved Faith. She is strong, confident and sassy. Conner is best friends with Donovan and has recently returned from Afghanistan. The man is gorgeous inside and out, but also troubled from his time abroad. Seeing his protective nature, and uncovering his, romantic side was delicious.

Lemmon added danger and a snow storm to bring our commitment shy couple together. The sparks, teasing, and bickering had me smiling and swooning.  She created a wonderful holiday setting highlighting one of the sweetest Christmases ever. I adored this couple and consumed this tale in a single afternoon during the Ho-Ho-Ho readathon. It was the perfect feel good romance to put me in a holiday mood.

Foodie lovers be warned there is wicked talk of cupcakes, cinnamon buns and bakery devil dogs you will crave. Thankfully, there is a recipe for them!

If you haven’t read Jessica Lemmon’s books yet, I totally recommend curling up by the fire with A Bad Boy for Christmas.

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Reads for the Holidays
Unwrapped
by Katie Lane
Series: Hunk for the Holidays #3
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

Good things come in sexy packages... Jacqueline Maguire has a problem tying the knot. After fleeing the altar (again), the runaway bride drives off with no particular destination in mind. Which is how Jac finds herself stranded in a snowstorm with a hot, hard-bodied stranger who treats her to the naughtiest night of her life... but come morning, he's long gone. Contractor Patrick McPherson is deeply committed to his bachelor lifestyle. No strings, no rings. As the Christmas season approaches, however, Patrick still can't quite forget his curvalicious one-night stand. Then Jac shows up unexpectedly, and all holiday hell breaks loose. Because this year, Patrick is getting the biggest Christmas surprise of his life...

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Not gonna to lie folks, I accepted Unwrapped by Katie Lane because of the cover. Yep, I wanted to unwrap it. After, I realized this was book three in the Hunk for the Holidays series. Thankfully, it totally works as a standalone and was deliciously good, so I will grabbing the first two for future holiday reads. Win-win.

Unwrapped had a wonderful set-up. The author unwraps the plot in the first chapter and it was hilarious and heated. Lane even weaves in a little mystery allowing me to slip in with a sigh and a giggle.

Jacqueline is a little flawed, but good at the core and while you may initially find her shallow, Lane soon has you caring for her, even as you laugh and roll your eyes. Patrick is a contractor and quite the bachelor, but has not been able to forget Jacqueline. The author used a familiar trope to bring these two together again and it worked. Both characters see growth as their relationship developed adding depth. She then weaved in interfering Aunts, a vivacious best friend and a sister you do not want to mess with.

The story was balanced and while at times heated, it had a small-town vibe and was set in Denver Colorado. I loved the page time spent on family and friends as these two worked towards their happy. Unwrapped was a great little romance for the holidays that will leave you with a smile.

 

I hope you add A Bad Boy for Christmas by Jessica Lemmon and Unwrapped by Katie Lane to your reads for the holidays.

About Jessica Lemmon

Jessica Lemmon writes sexy contemporary romances with a squeeze of humor for Grand Central (Tempting the Billionaire, Hard to Handle) and Entangled (If You Dare). She is an artist, dreamer, former meateater, fun-loving, fast-talking wife, and a den mother to two dogs. She loves to hear from her fans.

About Katie Lane

Katie Lane

Katie Lane’s interest in romance was sparked in high school in the backseat of a ’65 mustang-okay, so maybe it wasn’t romance as much as raging teenage hormones. Still, coupled with a wild imagination, those make-out sessions inspired many a steamy storyline along with a strong belief that true love does prevail. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the owner of that mustang and would love to hear from her readers.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat…Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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62 Responses to “Reads for the Holidays”

  1. Debbie Haupt

    Oh Kim my favorite romance is of the second chance variety so yes to number one, besides who can resist a bad boy, And number two I’ve seen around and wow the cover has me saying sure. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Alright, alright…you’ve twisted my arm. 😉 I’m going to break down and read a holiday-themed book or two! *ha* I’m glad you enjoyed Lemmon’s story, Kimberly, although I’m not surprised. 😉 I’ve read several from Lane but not Unwrapped. It’s set in Denver? Score! I’m glad it was a good read as well. I really enjoyed her Deep in the Heart of Texas books. 🙂

  3. Nick

    The Jessica Lemmon book sounds like it would be right up my alley with Christmas, snow, mystery AND a second chance romance!
    I cracked up at why you picked up Unwrapped, Kim! Haha! I feel you! I would totally do it for the same reason. 🙂 It’s set in Denver so I might have to pick it up. Hopefully, it won’t have me going around looking for someone who looks like that for Christmas, LOL! 😀

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  4. Sophia Rose

    Yep, those both do sound delicious. I’ve read Katie Lane’s books before and loved her blend of humor, small town, and passion. Still need to try Jessica Lemmon’s books. I’ve had them on the list since the first one in there series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I use to take the holidays off, but now work from home in my Pajamas. I am unplugging though. I did it last year and it really recharged me. Enjoy your holiday reads Maja!

  5. Lark

    Both these authors are unknown to me, so thanks for the introduction! I”m glad you enjoyed them. Time to get into the holiday spirit, now that Thanksgiving is over!

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  6. Lexxie

    Both of these sound delicious, Kim! But especially Bad Boy for Christmas 😀 who wouldn’t want just a little bit of badness to go with the season? 🙂
    Plus, you know I just can’t resist food in books! This one would be perfect for me, I’m sure!
    Thanks for sharing.