Holiday Kisses: A Clean Romance

Holiday Kisses: A Clean Romance

by Anna J. Stewart

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His family’s honor is at stake…

And she holds the key

Calliope Jones, Butterfly Harbor’s free-spirited organic farmer, is the most vocal objector to Xander Costas and his design for the butterfly sanctuary that he hopes will save his family’s architectural firm. Strangely, it’s Calliope who shows him what the town, and he, really need. Calliope makes Xander listen with his heart. And soon his heart may be telling him to stay with this extraordinary woman!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488039683
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Series: Butterfly Harbor Stories , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 281,082
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating sweet to sexy pulse-pounding romances for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural addiction and an overly affectionate cat named Snickers.

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Holiday Kisses: A Clean Romance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Amigagal 9 months ago
I have been a fan of Calliope Jones in the Butterfly Harbor series through every book! She has been this lovely, fanciful, mystical character that was a part of every book and I couldn't wait to hear her background and what made her the way she was. I was NOT disappointed! While I have enjoyed thoroughly every book in this series, this book was by far my favorite! Calliope (don't you just love that name?!) has so many layers to her! Her back story AND her current story are fascinating. Her book could have been twice as long and I still couldn't have had enough! Everyone in Butterfly Harbor loves her - she's a free spirit, an organic farmer, a good friend and somewhat fanciful dreamer. However, along comes architect Xander Costas whose job it is to build a butterfly sanctuary for the town and he is failing miserably in Calliope's mind. She understands butterflies like nobody else and Xander just can't "see" what Calliope sees. As the two of them work together to come up with a design for the sanctuary, both of their lives will be changed forever. Xander's life is very complicated too but as Calliope reaches into his soul, he will become a different man. I also enjoyed Calliope's little sister, Stella. The two of them have a very special relationship. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book! You'll be glad you did
gdsnv 9 months ago
I have read all the previous Butterfly Harbor books (no worries, Holiday Kisses is a standalone) and Calliope was there, just on the fringes of the story, and was always written as a ‘free-spirited organic farmer’…and MAYBE just a bit, let’s say, out there. What I read in this story was how she is connected to the earth, the butterflies, and has empathic feelings for people. I love her sister, Stella, too and I can picture them looking glorious – the best way I can describe them from my own imagination. Xander…oh man, If I had a brother, I wish it was a man like him. He carries the family/world on his shoulders and takes his responsibilities to heart. He worries about his sister Alethea, whom we do get to meet; he worries about his father, who has suffered health issues that you’ll read; he worries about his mother, dealing with everything; he worries about the family business; and he argues with his brother (in a good way.) I loved him and how he went from clueless…to clueless like a boy. He and Calliope dance around each other, even though Xander is “suits” and Calliope is (I’m going to call her) “mystical”, their relationship works. In order for Calliope and Xander to get together, there had to be a little bit of magic, that’s how different they are. Their story is real and it works. I have a favorite scene in the book but I won’t give any spoilers. I can say to watch for the poker game. I laughed so hard that I almost dropped my ereader, that’s how crystal clear the scene was in my head. The kids in the book are wonderful, and they, too, were characters in previous books, but you don’t need to know who they are to enjoy this story. I loved reading about them again so it worked for me. I was looking forward to Calliope’s story and thoroughly enjoyed Holiday Kisses. Oh right, the butterflies play a big role in this story AND in Calliope’s and Xander’s relationship. Definitely recommend this book!
LynnB888 9 months ago
4 1/2 STARS! With a magical spirit and a voice all her own, Anna J. Stewart is quick to draw me back into the joy of Butterfly Harbor with each return visit! The townspeople are like one big happy family who love and support each other no matter what might be happening in each other's lives at any particular time. They are there for the laughter, and there for the tears as life leads them all through its ups and downs. This visit is centered around Calliope, her little sister and the life she treasures so. It's a great read and left me smiling. Architect Xander Costas is sure that this butterfly sanctuary job in quaint Butterfly Harbor will be just what he needs to get his family's firm back in solid footing again. He expects to be in and out of town quickly with work underway without an issue. He's not expecting the town's favorite member to put the kibosh on his rendering of the new site. Free-spirit Callipe Jones is loved by all and is a major player in all that makes Butterfly Harbor the peaceful town that it is. She isn't shy about speaking her mind, but she also isn't short with the love and human kindness she shows to the earth and all of it's creatures, no matter how large or small. It doesn't take Xander long to figure out that she's one of a kind, and he's not so sure he's going to easily be walking away from her or this town anytime soon.
RachaelBrown 9 months ago
Butterfly Harbor is one of my favorite places to visit! I loved Calliope and Xander's magical love story, and it was fun catching up with all of my favorite characters. I really liked Alethea, Xander's sister, and would love for her to get her own story. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.