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!
From the Publisher
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, and Kimberly Kincaid
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 by Donna Kauffman
When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky fire-fighter 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 by 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 by Kimberly Kincaid
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?