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    HelenKay Dimon(Author)

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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, this could be the Christmas that changes their lives forever. . .

Jill Shalvis Bah Handsome!

Behind on her bills, B&B owner Hope receives an unlikely guest--stranded solicitor Danny, who's been threatening to put her out of business. Hope's staff sees more fire than fight in the sparks that fly as they try and bring Hope and Danny together, but only a Christmas miracle can help these unlikely lovers see the light. . .

Helenkay Dimon It's Hotter at Christmas

Hawaii's no paradise for Marissa, who, thanks to a series of unfortunate events, can't seem to get away from the sand to enjoy her Christmas East Coast style--with plenty of snow and slush. But tall, dark, and serious police officer Ted's about to give this bad Santa in heels a Mele Kalikimaka she'll never forget. . .
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

A trio of treats fill out this anthology for readers in search of holiday happily ever afters. In Kauffman's Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells, Holly Bennett returns from London to Willow Creek, Va., to deal with an unexpected gift from her mother and find a potential love interest in an old crush. Shalvis's Bah, Handsome is the recession-influenced seduction of Hope O'Brien, a bed-and-breakfast owner, by an unhappy CPA employed by her Scroogeish stepbrother. Dimon goes tropical in It's Hotter at Christmas to explore what happens when a cranky Kauai deputy police chief falls for a Philadelphia ad executive who can't seem to stay out of harm's way. It's not quite hot enough to melt ice, but it's good, disposable fun. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Donna Kauffman is the USA Today bestselling author of chick lit, paranormal romance, and sexy romance. Beverly Brandt writes chick lit and women's fiction, as well as romantic adventure under a psuedonym. Alesia Holliday is the author of American Idle and Nice Girls Finish First, and she writes young adult novels under a pseudonym. Erin McCarthy is the USA Today bestselling author of Bad Boys Online, Smart Mouth, and A Date With the Other Side.

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • HelenKay Dimon(Author)
  • Kensington Publishing Corporation; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
  • English
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  • By Beverly Diehl on November 27, 2013

    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 KaufmanHolly 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 passionate character; more of a jellyfish, swept along by whatever tide. She paints, but has made a life for herself in London in an ad agency, which she doesn't love, doesn't hate. She doesn't WANT the store, but she doesn't want to work proactively at closing it and moving the stock, even though it is the middle of the Christmas season. She always had a mad crush on Sean Gallagher, who now owns the restaurant across the street, but it's not like she's going to even cross the street.Sean, on the other hand, is hot and sexy and SOOOO interested in Holly that he'll cross the street, 2-3 times a day, bringing her food and making speeches. He spends about three pages trying to convince her that he had a crush on her way back when, which I found totally unbelievable; sexy, experienced thirty-something guys don't MAKE long rambling high schoolish speeches like that. There's a side plot about an illegitimate heir who's not too closely related to Sean which adds nothing to the story. The sex scenes were well-written, but since I didn't feel emotionally invested in the characters, it was hard to have more than a clinical interest.Bah, Handsome! by Jill Shalvis is now also included in her "Merry and Bright" anthology. Since I really liked this story, I suggest going in that direction, instead of this collection.Holly O'Brien owns a struggling B & B in Colorado, which is CLOSE to turning the corner and making a profit, allowing her to pay back her Grinchly stepbrother, from whom she took a loan. But the Grinch has even sent his accountant, Danny Shaw, to make sure she pays up. Danny, sexy guy even with his glasses, finds his sympathies - and his libido - are strongly with Hope; she doesn't want to acknowledge it, since he represents the enemy. It's cute and funny and sexy, and there's mistletoe and snow and bears.It's Hotter at Christmas by Helenkay DimonTed Greene is a detective in Kauai, assigned to investigate robberies happening to a particular tourist, Marissa Brandt. Problem: he wants to boink her lights out. Problem solved: chief of police gives him a green light to go ahead, and DOESN'T take him off the investigation (would this really happen, even in a small town?). Ted is an appealing enough character, but I didn't get much about Marissa except that she was peeved enough to kick a TSA officer in the shins when he wouldn't let her board the plane without ID (cute? not so much). I got more personality from Ted's sister Nicki, the hotel manager. What I wanted was to see Marissa falling in love with Kauai, and Ted, not necessarily in that order, as well as Ted lusting for her, but I wasn't feeling it. Well-written sex scenes, but again, I wasn't invested, so meh.I hate to bah humbug any book, let alone a holiday one, but this is one I kept putting down and struggling to pick back up, except for the Shalvis story.

  • By FoxxieGirlie719 on May 16, 2011

    Donna Kauffman's Lock Stock and Jingle Bells is a story about Holly who returns from her life in London to small town Virginia to figure out what to do with her mother's Christmas Shoppe since her parents have decided to spontaneously retire and move to Florida. Throw in a hunky restaurant owner who just happens to be a former star athlete from Holly's high school. Throw in some holiday lights and you have a great cozy Christmas read with a happy ending.In Jill Shalvis' Bah Handsome, we meet Hope who owns her own B&B in the wilds of Colorado. With the economic crash, she needed money badly and as a last resort had to borrow money from her evil stepbrother (think Grinch meets Scrooge and then multiply by evil Gremlins and you still fall short of this guy). Hope needs an extension on the loan and the Evil thing sics his CPA on her to bully the money out of her. Add a mini blizzard, a well meaning best friend and her hubby and a little bit of Christmas tinsle and sparks begin to fly between Hope and Genius Boy(her nickname for him not mine! I just like it!!) This story had me cracking up the whole time. Definitly a Merry Christmas in there!!The third story was from Helen Kay Dimon called It's Hotter at Christmas. I have to be honest, I couldn't get into this story for some reason. I can't tell if it was the writing, the characters, story line or whatnot. After several attempts I just kinda gave up.I'd still give the thumbs up though especially for the first two stories and who knows, maybe the third just didn't jive with me for some reason... Happy Reading!!

  • By GlozWurld on November 7, 2010

    Three Holiday Romances...Delight your senses with these three novellas.Kauffman's `Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells' is the story of Holly, an only child who is given a gift she doesn't quite want, and Sean, a restaurant owner who has more responsibilities than most. Sweet, poignant story of love fulfilled and dreams found.Shalvis's `Bah, Handsome' is the story of Hope, the struggling owner of a secluded B&B and Danny, a CPA working for her greedy brother. A story of discovery, love, and coming together against all odds.Dimon's `It's Hotter At Christmas' is the story of Marissa, a victim of multiple crimes and Ted, the police officer who comes to her rescue in more ways than one. Set in the tropics of Hawaii, this is a fun story of new found love in an unexpected time & place.All three of these stories were fun reads. Characters and stories were well done. Although none of the stories were very deep, they were each worth the read.Keep in mind that these stories are fluff romance (light erotica) reads. 4* of 5*

  • By E. Lind on December 26, 2012

    Cute stories that hed up well in the "novella" form. Love stories that were believable and made me smile. Good book for in front of a fireplace!

  • By farmmom99 on January 2, 2015

    Enjoy romances with a Xmas twist

  • By Debra A. Swartz on January 23, 2010

    I am very pleased with this item. It came in record time and in excellent condition.

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