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Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection by Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon and Alison Kent

Title: Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection by Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon and Alison Kent
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Anthology, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 103,000 words/313 pages
Book Rating:

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Love!

A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.

Anthology includes:

This Time Next Year by Alison Kent
A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton
It’s Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon
Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey

Stories also available for purchase separately.

103,000 words

The Review:

The Holiday Kisses anthology from Carina Press is a fabulous collection of holiday stories from four extraordinarily talented authors. These touching novellas will tug on your heartstrings as all of the couples find their way to happily ever after during the most magical season of the year.

Alison Kent’s This Time Next Year is a poignant yet heartwarming love story. Dillon Craig’s war memories continue to haunt him as he questions the decisions he made while trying to save the wounded soldiers in his care in Afghanistan. Brenna Keating questions the decision she has made to leave her beloved grandmother and work abroad for a year. Together, these two forge an emotional and physical bond while stranded at Dillon’s cabin. This Time Next Year has a strong plot, endearing characters, and a surprisingly realistic yet delightful ending.

Fans of Jaci Burton are going to love A Rare Gift, the second installment of her Kent Brothers series. Heartbroken, brooding and grumpy Wyatt Kent has met his match with his ex-wife’s sister Calliope Andrews. Calliope is outgoing, friendly and down-to-earth. In short, the complete and total opposite of her sister. She knows what she wants and she does not hesitate to go after it. She challenges Wyatt and calls him on his bad behavior. Wyatt and Calliope’s relationship develops naturally over time and they resolve their conflicts quickly and maturely. A Rare Gift is an absolutely charming and deliciously steamy romance.

HelenKay Dimon’s It’s Not Christmas Without You is a fun and sexy novella with a wonderful cast of characters. There is no doubt that Carrie Anders and Austin Thomas love one another. Complicated family dynamics and baggage from each other’s childhood play a huge role in keeping this star-crossed couple apart. It’s Not Christmas Without You is a refreshingly light-hearted romance that is laugh out loud funny and achingly sweet.

Shannon Stacey’s Mistletoe and Margaritas is an emotionally charged and captivating romance. A complex history between Claire Rutledge and Justin McComick complicates their transition from friends to lovers. Mistletoe and Margaritas is a sexy and bittersweet love story with a great deal of depth. Be prepared to laugh and cry as you join this charming couple on their moving journey to happiness.

If you are looking for a temporary escape from the madness of the holidays, then you should pick up a copy of Holiday Kisses. It is a great little pick me up that is full of warm and fuzzy romances that will melt your heart and put a smile on your face.


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