9 Fridays Til Christmas Review- The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Kaufman, Angell and Kincade

Title: Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap (Anthology)

the sugar cookie sweetheart swap

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance anthology

Author: Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, Kimberly Kincade

Publisher: Kensington, Sept 2013

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

This is an anthology with stories that are linked by an introduction/prologue. The  Introduction to this book starts the stories at the annual holiday cookie swap at the village community center where Clara, Lily , and Abbey have brought their cookies to be auctioned off.  We are introduced to each of the young women which gives a good jumping off point to each story.  The stories are all unique with the cookie theme running through each one.  This anthology is delightfully filled with the holiday spirit, AND three mouthwatering cookie recipes.

   Descriptions from amazon.com in bold type:

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…


Deet’s Review: Clara travels over the mountain to a bookstore even though it is starting to snow.  At the bookstore there is a book signing taking place and she is shocked and surprised to see that it is her college friend, Will, signing his Volunteer Fireman’s Calendar.  They have not seen each other for ten years and agree to coffee  after the signing…  Will helps Clara get home in the storm but shortly after that Clara has a kitchen fire and Will saves the day.

This is a rather predictable romance although it is sweet to see friends become lovers.  Some men need to save their women, this is a good depiction of that premise.  Ms Kauffman has written many contemporary romance novels and her ability with prose and plot shine in this offering.

Deet’s Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 3

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?


The premise alone would rate this high on my list because I’m a sucker for a stranded in a blizzard romance.  However the writing in this novella is terrific, along with the sizzling romance.  Both the hero, Lander, and the heroine, Abbey have had recent losses of close family.  It is not hard to believe that those loved ones arranged for these two to meet and fall in love.  A heartwarming story of love at Christmas.

Deet’s Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating:5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

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?


You better have a glass of milk and a plate of cookies ready to eat when you read this story.  The cookies that these two bake will have your mouth watering.  The character development is really strong, the plot is delicious and the romance at first surprising then delightful.  I have not read this author before but I will seek out her books.  This story was also perfectly suited to the Christmas theme.

Deet’s Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5



Filed under Anthology, Book review, Books, Contemporary Romance, Food, Holiday, Novella, Romance

2 responses to “9 Fridays Til Christmas Review- The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Kaufman, Angell and Kincade

  1. Love your reviews, Dot. I’m really tempted to get this one to add to my Christmas reading goodies!


  2. I’ve been reading quite a bit of contemporary romance lately (and it is not my favorite genre) this one was good.


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