The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap Kindle Edition
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Kate Angell lives in Naples, Florida. She's an animal lover, avid reader, and sports fan. Bookstores are her second home. She takes coffee breaks at Starbucks. Her philosophy: Out of chaos comes calmness. Enjoy the peace. Please visit her on Facebook or at www.kateangell.com.
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber," she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
- ASIN : B00NJ0VL8S
- Publisher : Kensington Books (January 1, 1949)
- Publication date : January 1, 1949
- Language : English
- File size : 1312 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #665,350 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Donna Kauffman told Clara and Will’s story. And truth told it was the highlight of the book. Their love story was told with reality and compassion. The characters had maturity and represented what to me is real love. Both showed concern and respect for the other. Honest in their feelings and desires countered with the desire to meet the others needs first.
Kate angel told the gingerbread man. Did not have the same depth and was a meet and jump into bed story. Lots of orgasms. And candy canes. The ending somewhat redeemed it, but would have been more effective if there had been real relationship development.
The last story was told by Kimberly Kincaid. While not as good as Clara’s Story, Lilly and Pete’s story showed caring, looking below the surface to find the real person. While they jumped into bed it did not become the focus, rather a time where sharing what is inside oneself occurs. It was secondary to the story and in reality could have been left out and not distracted from the story.
This is a great 3 book set written by 3 different authors that all have a great tie in together. Each story is unique in their own way. These are sweet romances with a good story lines, great character development and easy to become invested into the characters and the descriptions to details were done nicely by all of the authors.
These stories complimented each other nicely. This has really put me into the holiday spirit and I can not wait to read more holiday books. Each story had it's own trouble and tribulations, funny and serious bits and of course their own HEA. I loved the opening and closing of this book with the 3 best friends together, preparing us for the stories inside and then giving us the heartfelt wrap up of their stories as well.
Would I recommend this series? Yes
Would I read more from these authors? Yes
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Story #1: Where There’s Smoke” by Donna Kauffman.
The Story: The book begins in the town of Pine Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains, just before Christmas. Here, Clara Parker, a food columnist for the Pine Mountain Gazette and her besties, Abby Denton and Lily Callahan, both bakers, are participating in a local tradition; a yearly Christmas Cookie Swap. Clara is going through a rough time; she broke up with her boyfriend and was fired from her previous job-as a romantic advice columnist-before saving her bacon and getting the job as a cookie-writing columnist. Now, Clara has to solve one teensy little problem: she has to learn how to bake.
Clara takes a trip to a bookstore in a neighboring town. There, she finds a book on baking-and an old friend, the former geek, now chic, Will Mason, the hero of the book and a hunky firefighter who is doing a signing for a calendar that he is the cover model of.
Will saves Clara from a fire-not much of one but a fire, nonetheless-and they reminisce, reconnect, fall in love and have their Happily Ever After.
Upside: Not much.
Downside: Neither Clara nor Will were particularly interesting or deep characters. Ms. Kauffman’s writing style is very wordy, almost unnecessarily so.
Bottom Line: I was very disappointed in “Where There’s Smoke”. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ms. Kauffman, but this was not her best effort.
Story #2: “The Gingerbread Man” by Kate Angell.
The Story: The book begins at the mountainside cabin of Abby Denton, the heroine of the book. Abby has just rescued a man named Lander, the hero of the book from an auto accident; an accident Abby had a part in. (You’ll have to read the story to understand that statement.) Abby and Lander are stuck together due to a blizzard. While stranded together, Lander helps Abby deal with her feelings about this Christmas-the first without her beloved Grandmother-and Lander and Abby become close and make love multiple times.
When Abby receives a long-wished gift-a trip to visit the historic homes of Philadelphia during the holidays-Abby finds out two things: Lander’s surname-Reynolds-and the fact that he’s rich. More importantly, Abby discovers that Lander loves her as much as she loves him, and they have their Happily Ever After.
Upside: The book has a slight romantic comedy bent to it which is endearing. Abby and Lander are both strong, developed characters.
Downside: The end of the book is a little rushed and clunky, perhaps because it’s a novella as opposed to a full-length book.
Sex: A few scenes that aren’t overly hot.
Violence: Only in the past tense; both Abby and Lander suffer injuries in his auto accident. Their injuries are more annoying and painful than serious.
Bottom Line: “The Gingerbread Man” is a better story than “Where There’s Smoke”. Which is kind of damning with faint praise.
Story #3: “Sugar and Spice” by Kimberly Kincaid.
The Story: The book begins with intros to the heroine, Lily Callahan, a baker who works out of her home, and the hero, Pete Mancuso, a chef who, for the time being, works at La Luna restaurant. Both Lily and Pete enter a contest given by the Pine Mountain Ski Resort, with a first prize of $10, 000.
Lily and Pete become reluctant partners early in the contest. They have conflicting ideas of cooking: Lily is a by-the-book planner and Pete is more improvisational. As the competition continues, Lily and Pete go from reluctant partners to lovers and more. They both have reasons for wanting to win, but only one of the 10 finalists can win. I won’t reveal who won the contest, but in the end, Lily and Pete are both winners, because they found each other and have their Happily Ever After.
Upside: A lot of it. “Sugar and Spice” was the best book of the three in the anthology. Ms. Kincaid did the best job of writing real, relatable characters with depth and passion. Technically, “Sugar and Spice” is the first book of 7 total-five full-length and two novella length-books in the “A Pine Mountain Novel” series.
Downside: My only issue is that the book was too short.
Sex: One fairly hot sex scene and a hinted at one.
Bottom Line: Grading the novellas as a whole, I’d give “Where There’s Smoke” 3 stars, “The Gingerbread Man” 4 stars and “Sugar and Spice” a high 4 stars. None of the books in “The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap” are exceptional, but all are above-average to very good.