A Country Kitchen Christmas by Leanne Tyler

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Merry Christmas Romantics!

I hope you all are having a joyous and peaceful holiday with your friends and family. I know I am enjoying my vacation time away from work. So glad to know I’ve survived another Christmas Shopping season working in retail.

For your Holiday enjoyment I bring to you a quick read called A Country Kitchen Christmas by Leanne Tyler.

When this story opens Penelope is finishing off a blog post for a local cooking network’s website. She has been passing off her memories of her Aunt’s decorating and recipes as her own. The only problem is Penelope can’t cook! The only one who knows her secret is her best friend Dana, a producer at the network.

To Dana’s and Penelope’s dismay the new CEO of the network has decided to run an online contest where the prize is the chance to have Christmas dinner cooked for them by their very popular food blogger Penelope! Not only can’t Penelope cook but the house she has been posting pictures of on her blog was sold six years ago! The only way to cover their tracks is to contact the owner and see if he will consent to let them use his house.

Wait a minute I just said “he” didn’t I? Oh yes dear romantics enter our love interest Derek. He was a shy fellow high school student of Penelope who instead of going off to college bought Penelope’s family farm instead as a way of showing her how much he loved her. Only of course Penelope didn’t really know him in high school and had no idea of how he really felt about her. Once Penelope temporarily moves into her old house and starts her cooking lessons with Derek, things start to turn a little in Derek’s favor.

Will Penelope and Derek become an item? Will Penelope and Dana be able to keep their jobs? Why is the networks CEO so involved with the contest.?

Sounds like you need to read the book to find out!

A Country Kitchen Christmas

Re-readability Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

I’ve read it a few times since first purchasing it last year.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Some very sweet kissing scenes and some cute banter between the characters.

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Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra Bricker

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OMG Romantics!!! Christmas is next Wednesday! Can you believe it!?!

The crowds are getting thicker at the mall, tempers seem to be getting shorter, and I need all the clean, laugh out loud romance novellas I can get.

Enter Merry Humbug Christmas by one of my favorite authors Sandra Bricker! The reason why this book is a winner is because you get 2 novella’s for the price of one!

The first story is about Joselyn Snow, Formerly Merry Christmas Snow. (She had her name changed to Joselyn when she turned 25) When the story starts Joselyn, Joss is at a coffee shop with her best friend Reese excited about telling her their plans for their annual skip Christmas vacation.  Unbeknownst to her Reese is about to end their little tradition by telling her she is now engaged and is spending the holidays with her fiance and his family. So Joss decides to keep up the tradition and go on the Bah Humbug cruise by herself. Once she gets to the dock to check onto her ship she finds out that her cruise was cancelled and she has been booked onto another cruise.

To her chagrin the new cruise is called the Twelve Days of Christmas Cruise! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, This cruise is nothing but Christmas! How does a girl who is trying to avoid the holidays end up on a cruise that does nothing but celebrate Christmas!?! This plot twist is just a set up for some splendid craziness and did I mention that there is a handsome Irishman who appears on the scene?

The second novella is the story of how Reese and her Fiance, Damian spend the holidays.  

This Christmas is the first time that Reese is meeting her soon to be in-laws.  The trip doesn’t start off the greatest when on the way to his families winter retreat they end up hitting a deer! (Let me just add my two cents in here, Hitting a dear is no picnic!!!! I know, I’ve been there and its a harrowing experience)

They have to hike about 2 miles in snow and freezing temperatures. Of course Reese is a bit of a girlie girl and she was wearing 4 and half-inch suede louboutin boots. (Oh the horror!)

Then there is the incident where she runs over one of Damien’s brother’s foot and a plethora of many other accidents.

Will Reese and Joss survive the Christmas holidays? Will Joss once again learn to love Christmas? Will Reese be able to form a loving relationship with her soon to be in-laws?

Hmm…Sounds like you’ll have to read the book to find out!

Merry Humbug Christmas

Re-Readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

So going in to my regular reads rotation!

Romance Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Lots of great romance between the two stories. Some really good kissing scenes too!

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Erin’s Christmas Wish by Kristy K. James

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Good Morning Romantics!

I hope the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and preparing isn’t getting you down. But if you need a little break to ease the stress, I’m here with another novella for your reading pleasure.

This week is Erin’s Christmas Wish by my dear friend Kristy K. James.

Erin Baker is a young woman who has been living across the street from Scott Sinclair for a couple of years. Almost from the day he moved in she’s been in love with him but he only seemed to be interested in friendship. Scott on the other hand has secretly wanted to go out with Erin as well. He’s just afraid he isn’t handsome enough to date a girl like Erin.

Scott isn’t exactly ugly but he isn’t the handsomest guy either. It didn’t look like things were going to move them beyond friendship until Erin decides to invite Scott to have Thanksgiving with her and her family this year.

After Thanksgiving Scott decides to test the waters and asks Erin to dance at a local dance fundraiser they worked at together.

Of course I’m not going to tell you anymore because that would so ruin the rest of the story for you. 😉

Will Scott and Erin be able to move smoothly into a dating relationship? Will Scott get over his insecurities? Will I make it through this Christmas Season!

Lol…You’ll have to read the book to find out! (At least for the first two questions you’ll have too.)

Erin’s Christmas Wish

Re-readability Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Great short read to get you back in the romantic Christmas spirit when you’re out of sorts.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Some great kisses and a cute story.

Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

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Hello my dear Romantics!

Its December! The most wonderful time of the year! Time for Christmas shopping, getting together with friends and family, and indulging in some stress relieving  clean romances.

Because of my busy work schedule I’m going to be recommending mostly novella’s this month.  I hope you enjoy all of these little gems as I have.

This week’s pick is called Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

This book is the story of Lexi Anderson and Kyle Miller.

Lexi is a single mother who is set to be the next Martha Stewart. She and her kids, Steven and Trista, have just moved to Salt Lake City, Utah during the Christmas holidays to start a new life on what is famously called Christmas Street.

Lexi’s kids favorite author is Kyle Miller. A writer of Children’s mysteries. Little do they all know their favorite author actually lives right next door.

Kyle has had writers block for weeks and is staring down the barrel of a very tight deadline. To try and clear his head he decides to go for a walk. Kyle starts to walk down the street when he notices a snowman that has been built on what he thinks is his lawn.  For years, Kyle hasn’t celebrated Christmas and is used to his neighbors Christmasing his yard.  The snowman makes him think that it could be a breakthrough in his block and decides to experiment with it to see if it could work.

The villian in his book needs to hide a weapon so Kyle starts to pull apart the snowman trying to see if it’s plausible for the plot when he hears a very angry female voice telling him to leave her snowman alone!

That’s when Kyle turns around to meet Lexi. Of course Lexi still has no idea who he is, all she knows is that some lunatic is tearing apart her perfect snowman that she and her kids built for the film crew to come and film her with.

Later on  a package that was supposed to be delivered to Kyle is accidentally dropped off at Lexi’s house. When she see’s the name on it, she is thrilled to think that she is about to meet her kids favorite author.

Lexi, all bundled up for the cold, walks across the yard to deliver the package, where the door is answered by the crazy man who took apart her snowman!

What ensues is a sweet yet fun story of how these two become entwined in each other’s lives for the holidays.

Will Lexi be able to make peace with Kyle? Will Kyle be able to celebrate Christmas again? Will you enjoy this sweet novella?

You’ll have to read it to find out!

Bah, Humbug! (A Christmas Street Romantic Comedy Novella)

  Re-readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

I bought this last Christmas but I have to come back every so often for a little pick me up.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Great story. Loved the end.