The Christmas Cookie Collection is four delightful novellas featuring characters from Lori Wilde’s First Love Cookie Club novels. All were previously published as Christmas Cookie Chronicles and are now available in this single collection. Heart-warming tales of romance, friendship and small-town charm make each of the tales a holiday delight. Mini review: heart-warming, and romantic it offers delightful tales that allow you to curl up and escape from the hustle and bustle of the season.
What? Wait a minute… has Kimba over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer lost her mind? Didn’t she already review this book? Relax peeps take a sip of your cocoa I haven’t lost my mind. Thanks to audible.com I was offered a change to review the audio version of Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre. Since I am new to the audio book world, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compare reading vs listening.
I love holiday themed books and was excited to crack open Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan. I was expecting a heart-warming romance filled with holiday magic, but this novel was so much more. It turned out to be my favorite read of the holiday season! It introduced me to a new author and perhaps the greatest gift of all the O’Neil Brothers and a new series to swoon over. Mini review: Wonderfully fleshed out characters and small-town charm. This left me yearning for a holiday in Snow Crystal, Vermont.
Shirlee McCoy’s The House on Main Street the first novel in the Apple Valley series takes us to the small town of Apple Valley, Washington. I love small-town settings and rich characters. McCoy delivered with feisty characters, a friends to lovers trope and a mystery. I found myself completely caught up in this charming tale. Mini review: Mixed with humor, romance and love. A little boy who will steal your heart and mystery made this an enchanting read.
The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins is the second book in the Blue Heron series. I did not realize at the time that this was part of a series, but it worked well as a standalone. Second chance love and a marriage arrangement are tropes visited in this small-town romance, but side stories added depth and connection to this tale that kept me turning the pages. Mini review: heart-warming, and realistic with lessons and love.
White Lie Christmas by Christine Bell and Riley Murphy was the perfect holiday novella. It was filled with gooey goodness, heat, romance and then sprinkled with the magic of the holidays. I consumed this in a single sitting as my emotions were swept up in the tale. I laughed, sighed and even shed a tear. Mini review: heart-warming friends to lover trope, with humor, heat and magic.
The Trouble with Christmas is the first in a new series by Debbie Mason called Christmas, Colorado and already I want to back my bags and move there. Christmas, was delightful with its busy bodies, quaint shops and a bar called the Penalty Box.. The tale was romantic, with humor, lessons and of course the spirit of Christmas. Mini review: humor, snowflakes, a little drama and romance made this a sweet afternoon read by the fire.
While looking for a holiday read, I stumbled upon this yummy cover for Holiday Games by Jaci Burton. Not realizing this was a novella for the Play by Play series and decided to read it. While the tale was sweet, hot and filled with holiday cheer, my enthusiasm for the err cover and lack of research may have hindered my enjoyment. These characters are clearly established in previous books, and we just jump into the tale. Mini review: sexy, hot and sweet but I didn’t connect.