Christmas Kisses by Lucy McConnell, Cami Checketts, Connie E. Sokol, Rachelle J. Christensen, & Heather Tullis (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop for Christmas Kisses! You can check out my review and the giveaway below. Feel free to grab your own copy for only $.99 from November 3rd - 7th.

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Christmas Kisses
(An Echo Ridge Anthology)
by Lucy McConnell, Cami Checketts, Connie E. Sokol, Rachelle J. Christensen, & Heather Tullis
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 557 Pages
November 3rd 2015 by Peachwood Press

Summary

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell, an Amazon bestselling & award-winning author

Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business. Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.

Find Lucy here: Website - Facebook

Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts, an Amazon bestselling author

Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near. Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.

Find Cami here: Website - Facebook

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol, an Amazon bestselling author

Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?

Find Connie here: Website - Facebook

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen, an Amazon bestselling & award-winning author

Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.

Find Rachelle here: Website - Facebook

One Winter Night by Heather Tullis, an Amazon bestselling author

Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals. Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?

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My Review

CHRISTMAS KISSES was a great title for this novella collection. Each story ends with kisses right around Christmas. The stories are all set during Christmastime dealing in some way with a local department store called Kenworth's. It was a sweet collection that I enjoyed and worth grabbing a copy just to get to read Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol. It was my favorite from the set and one I would definitely read again.

The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell. This was a favorite story from this set. I loved how the two main characters had known each other since they were kids and that he was the boy next door. It had some great humor, lots of family interactions, and some great almost kisses that ramped up the romantic tension.

Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts. This was such a fun story! I loved how the heroine is a total tom boy and that her love interest was her buddy growing up. Things moved pretty fast (as they tend to do in novellas), but there were some great moments and I really enjoyed the story.


Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol. My favorite story of the set, it was so wonderfully paced and heartfelt from beginning to end. It started off with the hero and heroine on the wrong foot and then grew into a great camaraderie and friendship between them, and then to the possibility of more. I loved the characters! Loved them! It had great moments of giving and then others full of sweet romance. It left me with a smile and a sigh. Definitely worth a re-read.


Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen. I loved the hero in this story! He was humble, a hard worker, and caring. He was the perfect counter to the heroine. And the heroine... Anika is full of sass and hurt and walls, but Carlos breaks through all of it and is exactly what she and her daughter need. It was a great story!


One Winter Night by Heather Tullis. 
This was another sweet story. I didn't feel as much of the sparks as I did in the other stories. It felt more like a steady and relaxed romance even though it started off shaking terms between the heroine and hero. I loved the art aspect of the story and the grandmother who links the characters. Overall it was an enjoyable read.

If you're looking for some sweet romance to get you in the holiday spirit, then definitely give this collection a try.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy from one of the authors, which did not affect my review in any way.

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