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THE SUGAR COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP
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For friends Clara, Abby and Lily, only one thing is more delicious than the Pine Mountain holiday cookie exchange – finding the right man before they ring in the New Year!
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE…
USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman
When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky firefighter Will Mason to pretty Clara Parker’s rescue, the sparks really begin to fly! And once Will gets a taste of Clara, he aches for more than just a little sugar from the famously single food columnist….
THE GINGERBREAD MAN
National bestselling author Kate Angell
Folks have always told fun-loving Abby Denton that her anatomically correct Gingerbread cookies are…impressive. But those erotic cookies have nothing on the sexy stranger Abby saves from a snowy country road. Could Lander Reynolds be the Christmas treat she’s truly been longing for?
SUGAR AND SPICE
When caterer Lily Callahan goes up against hotshot pastry chef Pete Mancuso in the bake-off of the season, the stakes are high—and scandalously passionate. Will the gorgeous gourmand steal Lily’s heart—and the top prize in the Christmas cookie competition?
A recommended read from USA Today’s Happy Ever After column w/ Kathy Altman. Click HERE to read the review and a mini interview with all three authors, talking about their experience writing this connected anthology.
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“FOUR STARS – HOT! This anthology is a delicious Christmas sampling with recipes included. The small town of Pine Mountain is the backdrop of three stories that follow the romances of a group of friends, all involved in the age-old tradition of baking Christmas cookies.
Will Mason was the only man Clara Parker knew in college who made her happy until, suddenly, he left. In Kauffman’s “Where There’s Smoke…” she meets him again after nine years and finds an attartive man in place of the slightly geeky guy she knew. Abby Denton rescues Lander Reynolds from freezing after his car goes off road in Angell’s “The Gingerbread Man.” He ends up snow-bound in her cabin where things heat up fast. Lily Callhan, an aspiring bakery owner, and Pete Mancuso, with his eye on his dream job, are each determined to win the cookie competiion in Kincaid’s “Sugar and Spice.” But after a few days together, dreams can change.”
~ RT BookReviews
“Three best friends attend their small-town community Christmas cookie swap, bemoaning their loveless state, but the holiday season will prove to be their most romantic ever.
Clara, Abby and Lily have been friends since childhood, and they are each devoted to their Blue Ridge town of Pine Mountain. Abby and Lily are both baking entrepreneurs, while Clara can’t boil water, so it’s no big surprise when Clara has one of her friends bake her cookies for the annual cookie swap. It is, however, a huge surprise when Clara’s assigned to write a column on holiday cookie baking for the local paper. Trekking to the bookstore a town away for a cookie cookbook for beginners, she runs into Will, her college crush/friend, who is now the hunky cover model for a charity beefcake firemen’s calendar. Still reeling from the attraction she’s never forgotten, Clara is both mortified and fascinated when she nearly burns down her house, Will comes to her rescue, and she winds up in his guest room. Holiday yearning and romance ensues. Meanwhile, Abby, who has created an online business selling anatomically correct gingerbread men through the innovative use of peppermint sticks, regrets her decision to bring some of her wares to the conservative community’s cookie swap. Saved by a gorgeous stranger who walks in off the street and pays a fortune for the still-boxed cookies, Abby is stunned an hour later when she finds the handsome man unconscious in his wrecked car, the victim of a storm-related accident, and takes him to her isolated cabin to wait out the blizzard. Finally, Lily is preparing for the event of her life, a cookie baking contest at an area resort. She’s up against one of the best chefs around, Pete Mancuso, who just unwittingly humiliated Clara in front of the whole town. Lily wants nothing more than to beat the arrogant man and put him in his place, but the more time she spends getting to know him, the more she realizes his place is right by her side.
Three writers, three fun, sexy Christmas romances—light, sugary holiday fare.”
~ Kirkus Reviews
“4 HEARTS! Kincaid (Outside the Lines) shares a Christmas-themed preview of the setting for her new series, a snowy Blue Ridge town called Pine Mountain, with Kauffman and Angell in a triad of loosely linked foodie novellas. Kaufman’s goofy but adorable “Where There’s Smoke” pairs sweet, klutzy Clara Parker, who nearly burns down her house trying to bake, with her old best friend, fireman Will Mason. In Angell’s “The Gingerbread Man,” a witty frame story is out of sync with the core tale of lonely snowbound people creating a semblance of familial holiday comfort. Kincaid’s “Sugar and Spice” sweetly and competently executes a classic cooking romance story of two chefs striking sparks as they go head to head in a big competition, and the bakery that Pete Mancuso and Lily Callahan set up together with the prize money is sure to be a meeting place for new couples as the series launches.”
~ Publishers Weekly
“This is a very cute anthology about 3 friends wrapped around cookies and great for the holidays. I was going to review each story separately but to be honest they all flow really well and fit together perfectly. The second story is probably the saddest of the three. And the first by Kauffman was my favorite but I really enjoyed all three stories equally.
The women of this story are strong and independent women and while none of them would mind a relationship it is nothing something they are focusing on which I was glad about. When you’re not looking is when love knocks I guess. The men if this story fall pretty quick but they are all sweet and loving and all very different.
This is a great holiday romance that is not overwhelming to try to read during this busy time of year.”
“Who’d have thought that December could get so steamy in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Three friends learn just how hot it can be as they link up with the men of their dreams in this lively anthology that includes recipes along with each novella. A cookie columnist who doesn’t bake (just sets things on fire) reconnects with a schoolmate who’s turned into a hunky calendar-worthy firefighter in Kauffman’s saucy “Where There’s Smoke…”; a secret baker of X-rated gingerbread men rescues a stranger when his car crashes in a snowstorm in Kate Angell’s tenderly nostalgic “The Gingerbread Man”; and a cookie bake-off pits a caterer against a pastry chef in a competition that has sweet and spicy results for them both in Kimberly Kincaid’s delectable “Sugar and Spice.” VERDICT Linked by the annual Christmas cookie auction, this trio of deliciously sensual novellas from two veteran authors and one newcomer practically melt the snow from the Pine Mountain rooftops and are the perfect reward for readers who like their holiday treats with a hefty helping of spice. Both Kauffman and Kincaid live in northern Virginia, while Angell resides in Naples, FL.”
~ Library Journal
“5 Stilettos – a Recommended Read! The special love of the holidays brings out the most wonderful Christmas Romances. The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap Anthology is truly inspiring for this year’s Christmas reading season. Written by Santa’s own Sexy Elves Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell and Kimberly Kincaid, do you think they are on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list?
Where There’s Smoke by Donna Kauffmanis the first story in this set of three. We get to know Will and Clara aka (Parker). This Heroine and Hero are truly fun to watch stumbling through the paces of their relationship, their uncertainties along with their lust for one another.
Will is sweet, sexy and truly the most understanding hero I have ever met. Will has the Midas touch when it comes to Parker. Can he save her from herself without anyone getting harmed? *grins* tune in to find out.
Parker is utterly charming in her clumsy way, never thinking herself worthy of anyone’s time let alone a hot hunky fireman from her past. Trying to find just where she fits in, Parker tries her hand a baking the question is will she survive this new job? This heroine is fun, light and she had me rolling with laughter.
What a wonderful start! Will and Clara aka (Parker) rekindle their friendship with strong feelings, but can it be possible to fall in love so fast? Will these two stop thinking and just jump?”
~ Deb, Romances with a Little Kick
“Three romances occur after a cookie swap in “The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap” by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell and Kimberly Kincaid.
Three best friends take part in their town’s annual cookie swap for charity, and the three encounter men who will change their lives forever!
In Kauffman’s “Where There’s Smoke” Clara needs to learn how to bake cookies and not rely on her friends’ help anymore, especially since she’s been named the newspaper’s cookie columnist. Going to the local bookstore to find a book, she encounters a firefighter selling a calendar for charity – her old friend (and crush) from high school, Will! When a storm hits town, Clara and Will are stuck together, especially after Clara’s attempt at baking ends with a fire in her house! Can her old crush become a flame of romance?
In Angell’s “The Gingerbread Man,” Abby finds the charming stranger named Lander who bought her cookies at the town’s swap in a car wreck outside of town. She takes him in, trying to help him as the snowstorm ranges around them. After she learns her “naughty” cookies distracted him and caused the wreck, she feels guilty. Will the storm that brought them together bring romance to the season?
In Kincaid’s “Sugar and Spice,” baker Lily is facing off against Pete in a cookie contest that could make or break her business. Lily doesn’t want to like Pete, since he’s her cookie enemy and her friend Clara had had a “date” with him once. Can she and Pete cook up romance?
These sweet and sassy stories will be a sweet treat to savor!”
~ Amy Phelps, Parkersburg News & Sentinel
“Five cookie stars for the Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, a HOT holiday romance
I fell in love with Pine Mountain and the three heroines, Clara, Abby, and Lily, of The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, a fabulous, fun, and sexy holiday romance by three top authors: Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, and Kimberly Kincaid.
Like my other favorite holiday collection, Love on Main Street: A Snow Creek Christmas, The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap is a series of three interconnected stories set in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Pine Mountain.
From the very first page that introduces us to both the community and the three friends – at the annual holiday cookie swap – this book is an engrossing page- turner. I can’t say that one story was better than another as I loved each of them.
You’ll definitely be warmed up by the first story, Where There’s Smoke by Donna Kauffman, that features a very hunky firefighter Will and a baking-impaired cookie columnist Clara. Kauffman is one of my favorite authors and I love how she captures the sensitivity of Clara and the stand-up Will.
If you’ve never envisioned an anatomically correct Gingerbread Man before you will after reading Kate Angell’s The Gingerbread Man. Abby, who’s lost her beloved grandmother, has developed a new online business, selling anatomically correct, erotic cookies. When her box from the cookie swap is won by stranger Lander Reynolds, the story is set in motion. These two characters couldn’t be more different on the surface, but Angell’s ability to convey their real intentions and personalities make this story sing.
Kimberly Kincaid’s Sugar and Spice pairs local pastry chef Lily against Philadelphia chef Pete Mancuso, in a contest sponsored by the hotel that could impact both their dreams. From the moment they meet it’s apparent that the kitchen will be heating up – and not for the competition! I loved this story and the way that Kincaid showed all the layers of apparent tough guy Pete.
You’ll be glad to know that you’ll be able to visit Pine Mountain again after the holidays as this will be a new series by Kimberly Kincaid. The first book, Turn Up the Heat, will be released in March and promises to be a page turner too.
So if you’re looking for a holiday offering that equally conveys love and some hot romance – along with characters that you’ll adore – join me in savoring The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap. Five cookie stars for this fabulous holiday collection!”
~ Emsy Van Wyck, Fab Fantasy Fiction/The Best Reviews
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