The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap

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The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
Five cookie stars for the Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, a HOT holiday romance by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, & Kimberly Kincaid I fell in love with Pine Mountain and the three heroines, Clara, Abby, and Lily, of The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, a fabulous, fun, and sexy holiday romance by three top authors: Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, and Kimberly Kincaid.  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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are the cutest stories. Lets be clear Lucy Ricardo was one of the most beautiful elegant woman on film and she was oh so FUNNY. There was nothing awkard about her. She even looked good as Superman. Today you see her comady immated. Think Tina Fey...
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WinnieL More than 1 year ago
3 wonderful and romantic stories about Christmas and cookies. How great! I loved each individual story written by each author but I exceptionally loved how the stories were tied together. The stories just flowed together.  Where there’s Smoke by Donna Kauffman Really enjoyed the humor in the story. And also the chemistry between Clara and Will The Gingerbread Man – Kate Angell Hot and sizzling and funny as well. Sugar and Spice – Kimberly Kincaid Loved this story by Kimberly Kincaid. A great introduction to the Pine Mountain series.
GHott More than 1 year ago
This book really wasn’t for me. First, there was a bit of a snafu with the digital ARC file I received and Donna Kauffman’s book wasn’t included. Then, well, I couldn’t finish The Gingerbread Man because it was so, well, graphic. Sorry, but this one was a Christmas Bomb for me! More… Source: Kensington via Netgalley Overall Grade: DNF Steam: Schorching!
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell and Kimberly Kincaid Wanted to read this book because it's 3 books in one and it's all on the same theme-Christmas sugar cookies. I love to bake and experiment. Recipes included. . Where There's Smoke by Donna Kauffman Clara Parker has a job to do for the paper, cookie recipes and a column up til Christmas. Her friends Lily and Abby would help but they are busy with their jobs as well. She buys a new cookbook and runs into her old college friend, fireman now, Will. Next day he checks in on her to discover her house on fire. He saves her from trying out a recipe from her new book. She is now a guest at his cabin and together they learn about one another again and treasure what they've found. She agrees to have Christmas with him and she does trust him. Hot steamy sex scenes. . The Gingerbread Man by Kate Angell This portion of the saga is about Abby Denton and she is a baker and sells her atomically correct gingerbread men online. Lauder is on her coach - she had saved him after the car accident where earlier he came to the town's center for their annual cookie swap and purchased the gingerbread men. All he can recall is a peppermint stick penis! The blizzard will keep them snowed in for days and she knows how to use the cabin fireplace for cooking. He's concerned because of all the handicap equipment in the bathroom... He's got bruised muscles in his chest from her dragging him up the hill and she's hurt her big toe. As they decorate the tree they find out a lot more about one another and remember their holidays of the past. Bubble and glass blown ornaments are my favorites. never knew of the Austrian tinsel. Games of naked scramble and hot steamy sex... She gave him a box of candy out of the dozen that was meant for her grandmother as a Christmas gift when he left. He remembered her wish and we wait to see if it will come true this year. Such imaginations when it comes to decorating the cookies! . Sugar and Spice by Kimberly Kincaid This part of the book is about Lily Callahan and she's a professional baker with a very small apartment to bake in. Clara is there to help her and she learns of the $10k cookie contest. That would be enough for her to have a real business. Peter Mancuso is the one who had dumped Clara but he didn't see it as such, just a different business side to their lifes. They are both competing in the cookie contest and there is a twist to the rules. They are paired and will be working through the first phase of eliminations. They pretty much wing the recipe...the resort has the numbers in from the viewing audience and their segment was a lot higher than others and make a deal to keep them in the competition, maybe a kiss here and there on camera to boost the charity donations... . Especially liked how the very beginning is-the three woman and the book has each of their stories and the ending is them all together again and especially loved the recipes! I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
ShereadsALOT More than 1 year ago
With three stories written by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, and Kimberly Kincaid, THE SUGAR COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP has something for every romance reader. With WHERE THERE’S SMOKE... written by Donna Kauffman you get a second chance at love and romance with a former firefighter and not so good cook, who has the fire department on speed dial. In Kate Angell’s THE GINGERBREAD MAN, my FAVORITE of all the stories, you have strangers meeting and falling in love after one saves the other's life and then are trapped by a blizzard. Okay, so he wouldn't have needed to be saved if it wasn't for her anatomically correct gingerbread men. But still... And finally, Kimberly Kincaid gives you an almost enemies to lovers/forbidden romance with SUGAR AND SPICE. Maybe my category for this novella is a little off. I mean, are you actually supposed to fall head over chef clogs for the man who unknowingly dumped one of your best friends over the phone in a grocery store, with the whole town hearing about it? I loved how each author took a friend to write about, giving you a peek into their writing style. All in all, THE SUGAR COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP is good start to the Pine Mountain series that will be written by Kimberly Kincaid. While reading this book, be prepared to laugh, almost cry, and fall in love with the characters. Oh, and of course, with all the mention of cookies, be prepared to get hungry.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Three great authors = three great stories. This book gives us our first glimpse at Pine Mountain the setting for Kimberly Kincaid's upcoming new series. In this book we have 3 friends - Clara, Abby & Lily - and one very magical snowstorm. You definitely need to read this. It puts a smile on your face and hope in your heart.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
**Note: I only read Sugar and Spice, the short story by Kimberly Kincaid in this anthology, as part of a virtual book tour. Although my review primarily reflects my opinions on Kincaid's story, it broadly covers the other stories based off their summaries and the prologue and epilogue as well.** Lily sticks to the rules. That's just her thing; whether it be a recipe or a "type," she adheres to her own restrictions, and seldom strays very far. Pete, rebellious and charming, is the exact opposite. The fun-loving chef takes tremendous risks both in and out of the kitchen, which is why when he and Lily come face to face in a cutthroat Christmas cookie competition, something's going to simmer... if not explode. Sugar and Spice is the last of the three stories in The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap. It's short and sweet, exactly the kind of Christmas romance quickie you want to read when you're in between holiday festivities and can't sit down and concentrate on something heavy. Kimberly Kincaid's voice is frank, but she manages to make her characters sentimental. I love the honesty and realness she breathes into Lily as a character. Even though there isn't much character development and obviously with such short length, there isn't much complexity or texture either, Lily is easy to sympathize with and love, which is why readers will relate to her frustration upon meeting Pete, who's trouble from the moment she sets eye on him. Not only does he happen to have the most bone-melting smile she's ever seen, but he'll also be her competition... but then again, who said there's anything wrong with sleeping with the enemy? Pete's daredevil personality is matched with an equally troubled past, and as Lily is the first and only girl to ever coax him to comfort, both realize there's something there. The concept is cute, but it's inevitable that a Christmas romance would be tacky. The entire story is unrealistic (they just happen to run into each other, they just happen to be partners, the media just happens to love them on TV, resulting in even more duo time... blech) and extremely predictable but I'm not too disappointed by that. After all, this is a cute, cheerful holiday read, one meant to lift your spirits and indulge you in a sugary, spicy, contemporary Christmas fantasy. While I didn't read the other two stories in the anthology, I did peruse the prologue and epilogue; love how the three best friends' stories all come together! Sugar and Spice was a decent read, but I didn't like it enough to go back and read the other stories; the epilogue, as hurried as it was, was more than enough of an indicator of each of the women's fate: a far-fetched, optimistic happily-ever-after. Pros: Very quick read // Light tone // Fun, festive, and spirited // Warm and cozy—a feel-good story for a feel-good season! // Likable characters // Each romance story is integrated into the others, and the characters all involve each other Cons: Way too predictable // "Happily ever after" is really cheesy // Ending is rushed and unrealistic // Not much chemistry because short stories leave little room for relationship development Verdict: The warm, heartfelt romance that blossoms in the midst of a tense, frenetic Christmas baking contest in Sugar and Spice makes for both a merry, diverting holiday quickie that'll make you smile, and a sizzling, intense affair that will make you blush. I liked how the preceding stories in the anthology are all incorporated into Kincaid's contribution to the collection because it draws three otherwise disengaged women together, but the story itself isn't anything noteworthy. As light contemporary romances go, it's quick, unmemorable, and has both its hot moments, as well as its dull—I enjoyed myself keeping the holiday spirit in mind, but otherwise, I wasn't that impressed. Rating: 6 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back. Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher, via tour publicist, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Kensington and Tasty Book Tours!).
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
With the holidays just around the corner I find myself wanting a sentimental story full of heart and got just that with Sugar and Spice, the third story in The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap. With each story dealing with friends finding love amidst the warmth of the holidays and the baking of cookies readers are treated to a trio of heartwarming stories with a bit of steamy interludes. Ms. Kincaid's story revolves around a cookie baking competition that brings together two apparent opposites who bring out the best in each other and ultimately give us a HEA. Along the way we get great sexual tension that allows the protagonist's burgeoning friendship to explode in steamy encounters that allow for heartfelt emotions and past hurts to be healed through love. Lily has wanted to be a baker since she was a child and has worked hard every step of the way to rise above her family's poverty to make something of herself. She's hardworking with a heart of gold and an admirable heroine and worthy of success. While her baking business out of her home is good she wants better and enters a competition where the prize money will allow her to open her own bakery. Her meticulous and well-planned nature serves her well in the kitchen but when it comes to fellow chef Pete she's left frustrated...and turned on. She always thought of him as the bad boy but close quarters have them getting closer to where she sees a hurt boy behind the sardonic man and wants nothing more than to heal him. Pete's successful because of his spontaneity and brash creativity, but he's also considered a liability because of his tendency to break the rules. He has plans for his future after moving beyond his parent's alcoholic and abusive past and needs all the publicity he can get and thinks the cookie competition would be a great opportunity. From the moment he sees Lily he's drawn to her seriousness, her talent, and her openheartedness. He challenges her at every turn to let go while she tries to get him to show more of himself in his baking which leads to great success for both. I found Pete super sexy and loved seeing his flashy persona as well as his true self. For so long he was told he was a loser, and still believes it at times now, that he deserved to prove it differently to his past and himself and I rooted for him every minute. While Pete and Lily are heating up the kitchen they're also heating up between the sheets in scenes that are both hot and heartwarming as they both open up about their pasts. I enjoyed the time taken to bind these two together in a substantial way beyond sex to make their relationship more believable and meaningful. I liked their playful banter and that they brought out the best in each other. Ms. Kincaid showed the actual competition in vivid detail, almost too much at times, which immersed me even more in the story. The main characters were immensely likable as were the brief glimpses of secondary characters that added color to the story. The flow was pleasant with a nice twist ending. Though the overall story felt somewhat familiar, I still found it endearing and the perfect thing to warm my heart.
CAJ45 More than 1 year ago
This book I made me crave winter. I wanted to curl up on the couch in front of a nice fire while it’s snowing with a wonderful man of my own and maybe a few anatomically correct gingerbread men. Each story was perfect they didn’t leave you wanting. With being short stories I usually feel as though something is missing. Not here. Just three fantastic make your toes curl romances all rolled into one great book.
RobinCovington More than 1 year ago
Sometimes anthologies are uneven - one book surpassing the rest or a couple of them not hitting my buttons.  Not this one! All three stories were sweet, hit the right holiday note and added just the right amount of spice to keep me warm.  I think the authors did a superb job of not only writing individual stories that rock around the Christmas tree but they also tied then all together with a big holiday bow.  Snappy dialogue, luscious detail and sinfully sexy heroes put this one on my keeper shelf! 
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
This is an anthology of three stories of three friends, loosely tied together with cookie baking. The stories flowed together so good, felt like one story. I will never be able to eat gingerbread cookies without giggles. If you don't have a sweet tooth prior to reading, you will have one by the end. Recipes included in the book.