Kissing Santa, A Clover Park Novella: Clover Park series, Book 4

Kissing Santa, A Clover Park Novella: Clover Park series, Book 4

by Kylie Gilmore

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BN ID: 2940150716414
Publisher: Extra Fancy Books
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: Clover Park Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 104,885
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Clover Park series and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor.

Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.

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BOOK 1: The Opposite of Wild
BOOK 2: Daisy Does It All
BOOK 3: Bad Taste in Men
BOOK 4: Kissing Santa
BOOK 5: Restless Harmony
BOOK 6: Not My Romeo
BOOK 7: Rev Me Up
BOOK 8: An Ambitious Engagement

BOOK 1: Almost in Love
BOOK 2: Almost Married
BOOK 3: Almost Over It
BOOK 4: Almost Romance

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Kissing Santa, A Clover Park Novella: Clover Park series, Book 4 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great love story and a great read! I laughed out loud so many times, found myself shaking my head, and overall had a smile on my face pretty much from beginning to end. KISSING SANTA is the fourth book in Kylie Gilmore's Clover Park series, but is easy to read, and thoroughly enjoy, all on it's own. HOWEVER, I absolutely intend to go back and check out the first three Clover Park books, because Kissing Santa was fabulous and I hate feeling like I'm missing out! Right from the start you feel for both of the main characters, Samantha and Rico. They both have intense Italian, catholic, matchmaking mothers who don't take no for an answer and have no problem forcing their adult children to their will. Samantha has had a string of bad luck when it comes to boyfriends, but still holds out hope for a truly romantic man who will who will capture her heart and love her forever. Does she think her mother is the one who will find that man for her? In a word, NO! But she loves her Mama, so she agrees to go out with her mother's friend's son just to stop the nagging. Rico loves the ladies! He is a player to the bone and has had so much success picking up women for the night he thinks he knows all about women, since they are usually falling all over him. Of course, he has no clue what to do with a real woman once he's bedded her aside from walk away. Nonetheless he loves his life just as it is and has no interest in settling down. However Rico also loves his Mama, so he agrees to take out Samantha for the sake of keeping peace, and believing it will be a quick one time deal. First impressions goes well for both when it's still at the level of outside appearance, but the date itself is a disaster. Samantha is disgusted with Rico and he hasn't a clue why. <blockquote>&ldquo;And the worst, my mother tried to set up an arranged marriage with this total player who was too handsome for his own good. He was all&mdash;&rdquo; she waved her hands in the air &ldquo;&mdash;look at me! Don&rsquo;t you want some of this sugar?</blockquote> They are both happy to be done with the date, feeling like they've done more than their part for their mother's crazy matchmakingplans. But then, Samantha talks to Santa about her hopes for a finding a man she can really love, with a thorough description of what that dream man would be like and well... it's on. Because unknown to her at the time it was Rico behind the Santa suit and he is intrigued. And challenged. What ensues is both sad and hilarious. Poor clueless Rico, who in the beginning I had no sympathy for, is hooked and does everything he can to win Samantha's heart. But did I mention he's clueless? His intentions are good, he humbles himself and seeks advice from a friend, from his older married sisters, from chick flicks, and even from romance novels. He might have been struggling to win Samantha's heart, but he won mine. In his sweet, though pathetic way, he was doing his best and absolutely sincere, even if he continued to only fail when it came to understanding what it meant to really show Samantha his heart and how much she had come to mean to him. For her part, Samantha kept giving Rico another chance, despite how miserable the results of his other attempts to show her he was ready and wanting to have a real and true relationship with her. I admired that she stuck to her guns, that she refused to settle until she was certain his motives and actions were sincere and sure of what loving someone truly meant. Her heart had been broken before and she was no pushover. The result was a wonderful HEA ending with plenty of steam and sighs. Their friends and family were a great contribution to the story development and I look forward to going back to read a bout the romance between the couples in the first three Clover Park books. Kylie writes in a perfectly paced and easy to read style, that includes clever dialogue, excellent insight into the characters thoughts and feelings, and a plot that kept me eagerly turning to pages to see what would happen next. Truly I almost hated to see it end I enjoyed the antics so much. 5 stars ~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kylie Gilmore&rsquo;s latest release, Kissing Santa, is a wonderful addition to the Clover Park series. Samantha Dixon is the quintessential modern single woman. All she&rsquo;s looking for is a down-to-earth, honorable man who wouldn&rsquo;t mind bringing a healthy dose of romance to a relationship. Is that too much to ask? Self-admitted player Rico del Toro certainly does not qualify. His ideal date has the same thing on her mind as he does and dinner is just a formality. Only the power of their meddling mamas could force these two on a date. The author has given us two wonderful characters to root for. Samantha is admirable in her determination not to become just another notch on Rico&rsquo;s well worn belt, yet she is not at all preachy or judgmental about it. She wants what she wants and makes no excuses for it. Rico manages to be both bad ass and hilariously charming in his zeal to turn over a new leaf. Kissing Santa also introduces new supporting characters to the Clover Park cast, most notably the above mentioned meddling mamas. And of course, several familiar faces from the previous books are on hand to witness yet another quirky Clover Park courtship. I can&rsquo;t remember an author who has made me laugh so consistently. Gilmore also provides realistic human emotions along with plenty of sexual tension between the main characters. Put it all together and you have an extremely satisfying read!
AmazeballsBookAddicts-2_ More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be my last. This book is down right hilarious and fun! Such a great sweet and light read. I love that Samantha and Rico are set up by none other than their mothers. And the journey they go on is really hilarious!! I laughed out loud so many times, my kids asked me what was wrong with me. I thought with it being short that I would feel like it lacked something, but I was wrong. The characters are very developed and I feel like the author wrote the story perfectly. I was hooked from the very first page and didn't put it down until I hit the end. This was truly a delight!! I loved this one and will most definitely be reading it again when I need a pick me up!! Great job Ms. Gilmore!! This one earns 5 AMAZEBALLS stars!!! A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review.
Aaron130 More than 1 year ago
Even though Rico and Samantha started with a forced and disastrous blind date, they eventually found their way to happy ever after. Rico's attempts to prove he was more than a player had me laughing out loud. Love this series! Fun, sexy, lighthearted read.
Beckety More than 1 year ago
Hot, sexy and hilarious! Any story that makes me laugh out loud is a keeper. And I laughed out loud in several places. This book had me from the very first page with Samantha&rsquo;s well-meaning but meddling and match-making mother. It kept me with the smart, sexy writing and hot as hell hero and feisty heroine. I absolutely loved Rico&mdash;the player who thinks he&rsquo;s God&rsquo;s gift to women (which he is), until Samantha sets him straight. Very fun read. 
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Thirty year old Samantha Dixon could not find Mr. Right. So, her mother steps in and arranges a date with her friend's son. Samantha is NOT happy about it! Rico del Toro, thirty-three, is happy dating women with no expectations. His mother is NOT! She arranges a date for Rico with friend's daughter. The date was a disaster! Through much trial and error, Rico fails at the dating game with Samantha. By the time he finally gets it will she be tired of giving him more chances to get it right? That old saying &quot;Mother knows best&quot; is actually true! This is a lite, fun afternoon read. The beginning of the story was a little slow for me but then it picked up. I really enjoyed seeing Rico do all those crazy funny things to get to the woman he didn't realize he wanted. His sisters really had him going a little crazy. To go from being a &quot;playa&quot; to a man serious about a woman is quite the transformation. So funny too! Thank you Kylie Gilmore for such an entertaining book. I'm definitely looking forward to more from this talented author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
MJSanders1021 More than 1 year ago
A carfully laid plan and spilling of hopes and dreams on Santas' lap, had Rico hanging up his player suit for movies and books. You would think that would secure his HEA but NO... He met the woman who dreamed of her prince charming and enjoyed romance from movies and books but wanted her Prince to be &quot;him&quot;. Samantha had what every women dream of when she watch a love story and read a romance novel but she still felt deceived. I don't know ladies but I would have felt I had the grand prize. It doesn't matter because Rico still had some tricks up his sleave to woo her with what no woman sane or otherwise could resist.  Hahaha, I will not tell you but I will say Kylie rocked this Christmas novella and our studded guitar serenading Rico has fallen to the spells and our beloved group has even MORE announcements. I can't wait for a 5 years later novel for Clovers crew, it just can't be over yet.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Short. sweet and cute! When two meddling mothers set up a date for Samantha and Rico you can probably guess how badly things go. Samantha not wanting to be there was ready to not like him from the start but when she calls him out on his player ways he can't believe it. Determined to show her he can do romantic has these two facing off too many times to count but in the end he proves he really does do romantic! This is a fun one that you don't want to miss. I listened to the audio version and really enjoyed not only the story but the narration. Definitely one I would recommend.
MikkaJane More than 1 year ago
Samantha and Rico get set up to go on a blind date by their mothers. They are informed that this is for their arranged marriage that the two mothers have put together for them. Neither of them want to go much less intend on falling in love in the process. Which scene was your favorite? I think my favorite part of the book is the ending, well not quite the ending. It is where Rico proposes. And that is all I'm saying on that. You have to read the book to find out why this is my favorite scene. Okay, Who was the most memorable character of Kissing Santa and why? I love Maggie's character for this question. She kind of ends up pulling all of the pieces together on how Rico and Samantha are brought together for their arranged marriage by their mothers.I will say it includes music, but that is all I'm saying about the scene. Who was the most memorable character of Kissing Santa and why? I love Maggie's character for this question. She kind of ends up pulling all of the pieces together on how Rico and Samantha are brought together for their arranged marriage by their mothers. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
I love Kyle Gilmore and I love Kissing Santa. Gilmore never fails to deliver on a stellar book and this time she held her own again. Samantha Dixon is a fun, smart, fearless character who knows what she wants or should I say who she doesn't want ... and that is definitely Rico del Toro or should I say Rico Suave. With his smooth moves, stellar good lucks and delectable charm, Rico has never had a problem seducing ladies ... well that is until he meets Samantha. After their mothers set them up on a blind date that didn't start off to well, Rico and Samantha soon feel the chemistry and the spark initiates in this funny but romantic Novella by Gilmore. If you are a fan of Gilmore's books and enjoy the Clover Park Series then you will definitely enjoy reading Kissing Santa. Gilmore doesn't disappoint in this fun, romantic tale that will get you in the mood for Christmas .... A definite must read and addition to your To-Be-Read-Shelf.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Kissing Santa by Kylie Gilmore is the fourth book in her Clover Park series. It is closer to novella length and can be read as a standalone. Two overbearing mothers decide to set their single children up. It's not really an arranged marriage situation per-se. Just don't try to tell the moms that. Rico and Samantha each agree to go on one date with their mothers friends child. Child is the only word I can think of to use but they're both grown, hard-working adults approaching their thirties. Their first date is a disaster. Rico tries too hard and Samantha is bound and determined to dislike him. Rico finds himself in a situation where he decides to keep trying to win Samantha's attention and the hilarity just grows from there. Were there times I wanted to slap them both upside their heads? Absolutely! Did some of their actions and decisions seem ridiculous? You betcha! Was it funny? Uh, YEAH! A sweet, quick and quirky story for the holidays that will have you appreciating the small things your significant other does for you a little more.