Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: Santa in a Kilt

Santa in a Kilt (Hot Scot - Book 3) by Donna Kauffman

Publication: 10/29/2019
Publisher: Kensington Books
Imprint: Kensington Zebra
Genre: contemporary Romance
Pages:105 print length

(Received for an honest review from Kensington Zebra)

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Excerpt from Santa in a Kilt, courtesy of Amazon’s Look Inside feature


On the wild dunes of a Scottish Isle, mistletoe and mischief are the best way to heat up a holiday best shared by two . . .
The wind-whipped December sea air of the isle of Kinloch invigorates Kira MacLeod as she sets out to tame rugged Shay Callaghan. The Scottish bachelor may be as wary of a wedding ring as a snowman is of the hot sun, but it’s no secret how he looks at her—as if she were the only woman in the world. Now, with the encouragement of the canny islanders, and watching two of their best friends tie the knot in a romantic winter wedding, Kira will ignite Shay’s heart—and weave the perfect Celtic Christmas to say aye do . . .


Kilts at Christmas time. Yes, I know I have a love for highlanders and I tend to review my fair share of books about them. I’m of Scottish decent myself and I love to see how Scottish people are portrayed in romance novels as well as other genres. Donna Kauffman’s Hot Scot series is a guilty pleasure of mine and “Santa in a Kilt,” is a perfect quick read for the busy holiday season.

What I liked:

As I’ve mentioned before, novellas are often short and sweet. “Santa in a Kilt,” is certainly that. This is a previously released novella that originally appeared in a collection of stories called Unwrapped. So, if it seems familiar that may be why. I did not read it the first time it came out so it was new and fresh for me. It was a great chance to see where some characters from the previous books in the series were now along with meeting a new leading couple.

Kira is a strong independent woman. She has returned to the island of Kinloch after a messy divorce. Her basket weaving business is finally doing well and she’s ready to explore a crush she has on Shay. Shay is a jaded divorce attorney that doesn’t see much use for marriage, but he is attracted to Kira. This novella explores what happens who two broken people come together and take a chance at love. I loved their connection, their chemistry and their playful attitude with each other. Kauffman packs a lot into this story and readers will love every second. 

The Christmas setting for this one was perfect. I loved Roan’s winter wedding. It was just gorgeous and how could it not provide a great backdrop to Kira and Shay’s love story. It was nice to see Graham again also. You can’t have a Scottish book set in present day and not have a visit from the laird, now can you. This was a great mix of previous characters and new ones. It was definitely time for the last of the boys to find love.

What I didn’t:

I didn’t mind the Scottish brogue of the characters in this book because That’s part of what I enjoy about any book set in Scotland. But I am sure there will be some readers who find it tedious. Keep it in mind but you still gotta read it.

A novella is never quite long enough to satisfy the voracious readers among us but this one is definitely worth the trade off.

Bottom Line:

I recommend you give this one a try. It’s a sweet quick read that will leave you smiling. Great lead couple. Lots of fun banter and steamy moments and of course a wonderful happy ever after.

Santa in a Kilt is available now from your favorite bookseller

I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag

About the author:

Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. The recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, she is also a National Readers Choice Award and PRISM Award winner and a RITA finalist. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C., politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she is surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at


holdenj said...

She generally writes a good story! May add this one to my holiday read list!

justpeachy36 said...

I liked this one it was a good read for the holidays!