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True love and holiday cheer combine for an unforgettable romance in this second Happily Ever After novel featuring a North Carolina bookstore from the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Ones. All he wants for Christmas... The second Joaquin Solis saw Savannah Wilson, he knew she was destined to be his wife. Unfortunately, Savannah's sights are set on a happily-e/>All True love and holiday cheer combine for an unforgettable romance in this second Happily Ever After novel featuring a North Carolina bookstore from the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Ones. All he wants for Christmas... The second Joaquin Solis saw Savannah Wilson, he knew she was destined to be his wife. Unfortunately, Savannah's sights are set on a happily-ever-after of another kind: skewering the boss who got her fired. Until then, she won't act on the scorching sexual chemistry that is brewing between them, leaving Joaquin scrambling to find a way to capture her heart. When the opportunity arises to use his ranch to boost Savannah's publicity career, Joaquin doesn't hesitate to invite her into his world at Shadow Pines and woo her with all of his Christmas loving mojo. It's a gamble since the holidays aren't really Savannah's thing and helping her might also mean losing her as she plans to shake the dust off of their quaint town in North Carolina and head back to New York City the first chance she gets. But Joaquin believes in the magic of Christmas and he knows with a little help from his friends at the Happily Ever After Bookstore, he can convince the woman of his dreams that he's a keeper...


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True love and holiday cheer combine for an unforgettable romance in this second Happily Ever After novel featuring a North Carolina bookstore from the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Ones. All he wants for Christmas... The second Joaquin Solis saw Savannah Wilson, he knew she was destined to be his wife. Unfortunately, Savannah's sights are set on a happily-e/>All True love and holiday cheer combine for an unforgettable romance in this second Happily Ever After novel featuring a North Carolina bookstore from the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Ones. All he wants for Christmas... The second Joaquin Solis saw Savannah Wilson, he knew she was destined to be his wife. Unfortunately, Savannah's sights are set on a happily-ever-after of another kind: skewering the boss who got her fired. Until then, she won't act on the scorching sexual chemistry that is brewing between them, leaving Joaquin scrambling to find a way to capture her heart. When the opportunity arises to use his ranch to boost Savannah's publicity career, Joaquin doesn't hesitate to invite her into his world at Shadow Pines and woo her with all of his Christmas loving mojo. It's a gamble since the holidays aren't really Savannah's thing and helping her might also mean losing her as she plans to shake the dust off of their quaint town in North Carolina and head back to New York City the first chance she gets. But Joaquin believes in the magic of Christmas and he knows with a little help from his friends at the Happily Ever After Bookstore, he can convince the woman of his dreams that he's a keeper...

30 review for The Christmas Keeper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    …”Oh what fun it is to…” read a heartwarming and witty tale of a cowboy with an overabundance of Christmas spirit determined to get the woman of his dreams to say, “I do.” Okay, so maybe Joaquin Solas is going to be extra good to even get Savannah Wilson to give him the time of day, but their sizzling sexual attraction is undeniable. She just has other things on her mind and refuses to be sidetracked by the cowboy who believes in the magic of Christmas. Jenn McKinlay’s THE CHRISTMAS KEEPER is sexy, sassy and humorou …”Oh what fun it is to…” read a heartwarming and witty tale of a cowboy with an overabundance of Christmas spirit determined to get the woman of his dreams to say, “I do.” Okay, so maybe Joaquin Solas is going to be extra good to even get Savannah Wilson to give him the time of day, but their sizzling sexual attraction is undeniable. She just has other things on her mind and refuses to be sidetracked by the cowboy who believes in the magic of Christmas. Jenn McKinlay’s THE CHRISTMAS KEEPER is sexy, sassy and humorous as one man pulls out all the stops on his charm to win the only woman to make his knees weak. Joaquin is a quirky, sexy character on a mission. Savannah tries her best to ignore her feelings, but there is no denying their chemistry, making this a wonderful holiday tale with just enough spice to melt an icecap. I received this ARC copy of The Christmas Keeper from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Series: Happily Ever After - Book 2 Publisher: Berkley (October 29, 2019) Publication Date: October 29, 2019 Genre: Holiday Romance Print Length: 304 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    I enjoyed this. Full RTC. #HoHoHoRAT

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Jenn McKinlay returns with a holiday-themed novel in the Happily Ever After series. Since this is a fairly new series, I still think I’m warming up to the world and characters. That being said, it took me a while to really get into Joaquin and Savannah’s characters. McKinlay’s writing in this series tends to be quite light, which ideally would make it easy for me. However, something about the beginning of the story was lacking for me and it took me a little bit to finish it. As a reader of many yea Jenn McKinlay returns with a holiday-themed novel in the Happily Ever After series. Since this is a fairly new series, I still think I’m warming up to the world and characters. That being said, it took me a while to really get into Joaquin and Savannah’s characters. McKinlay’s writing in this series tends to be quite light, which ideally would make it easy for me. However, something about the beginning of the story was lacking for me and it took me a little bit to finish it. As a reader of many years, I like to see the different writing styles that an author can have and I definitely think that McKinlay is one of those versatile writers who is able to switch up her tone really well. I like the fact that her series don’t have a similar feel to them and they are very different from one another, so I’m looking forward to trying out more books in the series. I hope that they will grow on me more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    The Christmas Keeper is wonderful book to fill you with some sizzling holiday joy. Joaquin Solis knew Savannah Wilson was the one for him, now he just has to convince her. With the help of some friends, some very steamy chemistry and a ton of Christmas spirit. Savannah has revenge on her mind and doesn’t want to have her plans to take second fiddle to anything, even including a hot all get out rancher. The Christmas Keeper is a sexy, charming and packed full of fun Christmas roma/>The The Christmas Keeper is wonderful book to fill you with some sizzling holiday joy. Joaquin Solis knew Savannah Wilson was the one for him, now he just has to convince her. With the help of some friends, some very steamy chemistry and a ton of Christmas spirit. Savannah has revenge on her mind and doesn’t want to have her plans to take second fiddle to anything, even including a hot all get out rancher. The Christmas Keeper is a sexy, charming and packed full of fun Christmas romance. I received this ARC copy of The Christmas Keeper from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Christmas Keeper is set for publication October 29, 2019. My rating: 4 stars Written by: Jenn McKinlay Series: Happily Ever After (Book 2) Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Berkley (October 29, 2019) ISBN-10: 0451492455 ISBN-13: 978-0451492456 Genre: Romance Holiday Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Keep... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-... Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-c...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for review purposes. Thanks! I thoroughly enjoyed this swoony holiday story! And thank goodness there wasn't any rod wrangling in this one! Oh, plenty of smexy times, but that awful reference was not included!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay is a festive read that will get you into the Christmas spirit. This contemporary romance is both sweet and spicy. The main male character is a Christmas-loving cowboy who stops at nothing to get the woman of his dreams. Jenn McKinlay gets an A+ for writing a sweet, well-paced romance. I didn’t think this author could top the first book in this series, but she has done it! This is a feel good story that I recommend and will reread during the holiday season.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    An absolutely wonderful book!!! It has romance, humor and lovely Christmas sentiment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    I absolutely loved The Good Ones so I was so excited for The Christmas Keeper. Savannah was a force of nature in the first book and I couldn’t wait to read her story. Plus I wanted to find out more about Joaquin! The Christmas Keeper was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The chemistry between the two was sizzling and I loved how they slowly came to trust each other. Plus there was a mysterious and reclusive writer, a bookstore potentially in danger, and the return of belove I absolutely loved The Good Ones so I was so excited for The Christmas Keeper. Savannah was a force of nature in the first book and I couldn’t wait to read her story. Plus I wanted to find out more about Joaquin! The Christmas Keeper was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The chemistry between the two was sizzling and I loved how they slowly came to trust each other. Plus there was a mysterious and reclusive writer, a bookstore potentially in danger, and the return of beloved characters from the first book. This one was full of Christmas cheer and I fully plan to read it again closer to the end of the year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we keep getting more installments in this series for quite a while, I adore the characters and the setting. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance, I’d recommend checking this one out! Plus there’s plenty in this series to appeal to book lovers (I dare you to not want to visit the Happily Ever After Bookstore after reading this). *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Amanda's 5 Star Review The Christmas Keeper is the perfect holiday read because it is filled with Christmas spirit. Joaquin Solis knew he met his future wife and just had to figure out a way to make her his. Savannah Wilson is in Fairdale to help her best friend’s bookstore after being unfairly terminated as a publicist. Joaquin/Quino jumps at the chance to help Savannah/Savy find ways to bring in customers to the bookshop and hopefully she’ll see him and his finer points. Savy is attracted to him b Amanda's 5 Star Review The Christmas Keeper is the perfect holiday read because it is filled with Christmas spirit. Joaquin Solis knew he met his future wife and just had to figure out a way to make her his. Savannah Wilson is in Fairdale to help her best friend’s bookstore after being unfairly terminated as a publicist. Joaquin/Quino jumps at the chance to help Savannah/Savy find ways to bring in customers to the bookshop and hopefully she’ll see him and his finer points. Savy is attracted to him but knows she’s here temporarily and it can’t go anything further than friendship. What she hadn’t expected was the slow seduction and charm he showed her in mistletoe kisses, ice skating, and his over the top Christmas decorations and ugly sweaters. What an absolutely delightful story! I thoroughly enjoyed the journey she took me on. It flowed well and the new and old characters helped the story move forward effortlessly. Quino was very charming and lovable. I don’t think Savy had a chance to NOT fall in love with him. Savy just couldn’t resist and wanted the chance to live in the moment and enjoy. Quino learned the hard way that change can be a good thing and that family stays with you no matter where you are. This story hit home and touched my heart with all the good things I love about the holidays and family. Jennifer's 4 star Review This story was so much fun! I really like Joaquin and Savannah. The holiday background and his love for everything about the season makes it a wonderful read. Savannah is helping out to make her best friends bookstore a huge success with her end goal being getting her job and life in New York City. Joaquin will do anything to convince Savannah that they are meant to be together. Working together to make the bookstore the place to shop, Savannah starts to weaken under Joaquin’s constant presence. The back back and forth between these two is sexy and hilarious. I enjoyed the build up and release of their attraction. The secondary characters are just as much fun as the main couple! Review copies provided for voluntary reviews.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. Of all the romances I've read over the last year or two, I think this is my first Christmas themed one? And now I want to read more, and I didn't expect they would be that much my jam. This was super sweet and very fun to read. Even though I think she'd be mad at people feeling upset for her, Savannah's past and the career hurdles she was trying to overcome made me so mad for her, and I loved Joaquin's Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. Of all the romances I've read over the last year or two, I think this is my first Christmas themed one? And now I want to read more, and I didn't expect they would be that much my jam. This was super sweet and very fun to read. Even though I think she'd be mad at people feeling upset for her, Savannah's past and the career hurdles she was trying to overcome made me so mad for her, and I loved Joaquin's determination to make a Christmas (and Joaquin) lover out of her. As a book lover, I love the bookstore setting of this series and particularly enjoyed Savannah's determination to pull a reclusive author out of hiding as a career save. Thoroughly enjoyable, this would be a great stocking stuffer for any romance lover!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Reading In Pajamas

    ✦Review: THE CHRISTMAS KEEPER by Jenn McKinlay https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bkg Publication Date: October 29, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 5 Stars I loved this installment in the Happily Ever After series. The series title says it all. This author has a gift for writing smooth dialogue, witty as well as somber. It isn’t just Savy and Quino’s flirtatious banter, but all those around them. This is one of those stories that make you wish you lived there, and I hated for ✦Review: THE CHRISTMAS KEEPER by Jenn McKinlay https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bkg Publication Date: October 29, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 5 Stars I loved this installment in the Happily Ever After series. The series title says it all. This author has a gift for writing smooth dialogue, witty as well as somber. It isn’t just Savy and Quino’s flirtatious banter, but all those around them. This is one of those stories that make you wish you lived there, and I hated for it to end. I connected immediately with Savy and Quino and although story and romance progressed in a predictable manner – I loved every word of it. This was a sweet and steamy romance that has me smiling long after the last page was read. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~ Kindle https://amzn.to/2JXAyZX

  12. 4 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    The Christmas Keeper is a swoon-worthy holiday romance about a Christmas-obsessed cowboy trying to convince a 'city girl' that he is a keeper. I loved how Jenn McKinlay gave us to characters that had so much chemistry that made the anticipation so worth the wait!! Joaquin (Quino) Solis is a cowboy who is sexy, sweet, and LOVES Christmas. He loves wearing ugly Christmas sweaters any day he can and is a gem. I mean he is checking off all the things on my list for a dream guy!✔✔✔ When he The Christmas Keeper is a swoon-worthy holiday romance about a Christmas-obsessed cowboy trying to convince a 'city girl' that he is a keeper. I loved how Jenn McKinlay gave us to characters that had so much chemistry that made the anticipation so worth the wait!! Joaquin (Quino) Solis is a cowboy who is sexy, sweet, and LOVES Christmas. He loves wearing ugly Christmas sweaters any day he can and is a gem. I mean he is checking off all the things on my list for a dream guy!✔️✔️✔️ When he lays his eyes on Savannah, he knows she is going to be his wife. Now, he just has some convincing to do! She is confident, assertive, and isn't focused on finding love. She is the first woman to turn down Quino, which is a shock to him and is focused on saving her friend's bookstore and her reputation in the publicity game. As Quino and Savannah start to spend more time together, Savannah's wall she put up starts to come down. She is sharing things she hasn't shared with anyone in a long time. Quino is amping up the charm which is irresistible at this point. They can't deny their attraction any longer and agree to have a fling knowing that Savannah plans to leave Shadow Pine soon. Their relationship blossoms and is so captivating. I would definitely love to see this book come to life. Hallmark, do your thing and make it happen 😉. I give The Christmas Keeper 4 stars. It's a holiday romance with an unexpected romance that was even more enjoyable because of the Christmas magic!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan Walker

    This is a lovely holiday romance. The setting and charterers will definitely keep the reader interested.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Mccord

    I just absolutely love this book. I thought it was so neat how this Quino loved Christmas! Great story!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls

    I really enjoyed the pacing of Joaquin and Savannah's romance and fell in love with them as a couple but I am utterly and hopelessly in love with Joaquin!! He's charming, sexy, persistent, protective AND HE LOVES CHRISTMAS!!! Really, he's basically my dream man. Even though he was overly protective of his sister, it made sense and, despite his anger over her decisions and path, he never overreacted in a way that went too far...until he did. The conflict of the story was mild but the timing was l I really enjoyed the pacing of Joaquin and Savannah's romance and fell in love with them as a couple but I am utterly and hopelessly in love with Joaquin!! He's charming, sexy, persistent, protective AND HE LOVES CHRISTMAS!!! Really, he's basically my dream man. Even though he was overly protective of his sister, it made sense and, despite his anger over her decisions and path, he never overreacted in a way that went too far...until he did. The conflict of the story was mild but the timing was less than ideal, which lent to the natural and necessary progression of the story. It wasn't just Savvy and Quino's relationship that really made this story for me though. It was all of the secondary characters and the glimpses into what might be to come that really put this book over the top for me! I'm particularly interested in reading Desi's story. We're getting that right? *I received an ARC from NetGalley for honest review

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Luebke

    I enjoyed this romance. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. Just a little bit too much sexual content for my preference and not for the under 18 readers. There is a bit of action and lots of emotion. Might want to keep the tissues handy. Deals with several issues like loosing love ones and letting go of those close to you. A nice read with a bit of steam.

  17. 5 out of 5

    N

    “The Christmas Keeper” by Jenn McKinlay is a charming, lovely romance novel. There’s a little bit of magic to this book and would be a fun read around the holidays this year since it’s due to for release in November. Though this isn’t my most read genre I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to all you romance and holiday readers. Definitely add it to your to-read list. Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Berkeley Books for the ARC and to Jenn for writing such a sweet story. This is my h “The Christmas Keeper” by Jenn McKinlay is a charming, lovely romance novel. There’s a little bit of magic to this book and would be a fun read around the holidays this year since it’s due to for release in November. Though this isn’t my most read genre I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to all you romance and holiday readers. Definitely add it to your to-read list. Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Berkeley Books for the ARC and to Jenn for writing such a sweet story. This is my honest review as requested by Goodreads.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Campton

    Top of the evening to you, my fellow Book Dragons! I do hope Tea Time Tuesday finds you well and having had a good day. This Tea Time’s Gem is pure white, crystallized like ice and snow. It is beautiful as it sparkles in the light, especially the light of a Christmas tree. See how it’s brilliance makes you smile? Our Gem Maker this evening is Jenn McKinlay of cozy mystery fame. This is her second in book in the “A Happily Ever After Romance” Series. This sweet romance is set at Christmas ti Top of the evening to you, my fellow Book Dragons! I do hope Tea Time Tuesday finds you well and having had a good day. This Tea Time’s Gem is pure white, crystallized like ice and snow. It is beautiful as it sparkles in the light, especially the light of a Christmas tree. See how it’s brilliance makes you smile? Our Gem Maker this evening is Jenn McKinlay of cozy mystery fame. This is her second in book in the “A Happily Ever After Romance” Series. This sweet romance is set at Christmas time with Savannah helping her friend Maisy still working on getting her book store “Happily Ever After” off the ground. Savannah is not in a very Christmas-y mood. She hates Christmas to begin with. And her sudden career crash hasn’t helped things. She is still devising ways to get back at the executive who ruined her wonderful career in New York publishing, and who can blame her? It’s hard to turn the other cheek when you are publicly humiliated, robbed and then canned. But Savannah has time. She has gone back to Fairdale, North Carolina to help her best friend Maisy get this book store off the ground and make it a rousing success. There is just one fly in this ointment. Well one Fly Guy. Enter Quino, aka Joaquin. Handsome, built, kind, compassionate, loves kids, his younger sister, truly cares for the people in his life and loves Christmas. He’s perfect. He’s the kind of guy other women would feel blessed just to have him say hello to them. Not Savannah. She sees him as an impediment to getting back to New York and civilization. He sees her as his future wife. She can’t NOT think about him when he’s within kissing, uh, I mean spitting distance. He thinks about her all the time. What can go wrong? Or better yet, what can’t go right? This was a lovely Christmas romance. It will make you want to pull out the tree, the lights, the Bing Crosby and Harry Connick, Jr. albums, the tinsel and sugar cookies. The secondary characters are wonderful and none are a waste of space. They add to the atmosphere, and Savannah and Quino would not be who they are without them. You will not need tissues (okay, not many) and you will find yourself laughing out loud a time or three. When was the last time a romance novel did that for you? I only gave it four flames instead of five because the book is so sweetly written that the intimate scenes seem a bit, well, explicit when I got to them, but that is me and I am old fashioned. I am sure others will think I am being old fashioned when they read them. If you are looking for a read to get you in the Christmas Spirit, this is it. And when you buy it, buy a second one for that Secret Sister on your list and drop it on her desk. She will love you for it. Enjoy! Remember to check my Facebook page for our November Giveaway Instructions. And to check out 11/2 for the new Professional Blogger’s Journal on sale now on Amazon. 300 Entry Spaces should get you through the next year and perhaps a bit more! Until tomorrow I remain, Drakon T. Longwitten, your humble Book Dragon I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @netgalley for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This was such a fantastic addition to the Happily Ever After series. I adored the first book, The Good Ones, but the characters in this story immediately stole my heart. Savannah is such a spitfire. It’s no surprise that it was going to take a very special man to rope her into a romance and boy did she snag a good one. Quino might have just made his way to the top of my all time favorite male leads. A kind, thoughtfu Thank you @netgalley for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This was such a fantastic addition to the Happily Ever After series. I adored the first book, The Good Ones, but the characters in this story immediately stole my heart. Savannah is such a spitfire. It’s no surprise that it was going to take a very special man to rope her into a romance and boy did she snag a good one. Quino might have just made his way to the top of my all time favorite male leads. A kind, thoughtful, charming guy who is great with kids, operates a horse farm and is utterly obsessed with Christmas. Oh my goodness, wait until you see the extremes this guy goes to in order the celebrate the festive season. His hideous Christmas sweaters cracked me up and his use of mistletoe made me swoon. Did I mention he’s quite handsome too? As in a local romance writer, modeled the cover of her well known book after him and his horse! Trust me, it’s utter perfection. The chemistry and banter between Savannah and Quino was extremely entertaining and kept me flying through the pages to get to more of their interactions. With all of the flirtations, humor and sweet romance, the characters had a lot of depth. Both are struggling with overcoming their past. Savannah has never felt included with or supported by her family. The holidays are extra tough because she has no amazing memories of the season to fall back on. I enjoyed watching her slowly open up to the holiday and find what brings her joy once again. Quino gave up everything to move back home and become his sister’s caretaker after his parents were killed in a accident. He’s learning that life needs to be celebrated. It does continue to go on and change is difficult, but good. He also learns the hard way to let his sister go so she can fulfill her own dreams. I also enjoyed the side story with the romance novelist who has been a recluse for many years. It was fun seeing the same cast from the first book. Maisy, Perry, Ryder and of course King George made several appearances. Fingers crossed the series continues!!! Looks like there could be at least two more romances to watch unfold - Hannah / Sawyer and Lanie / Luke. Can’t recommend this light, romance series enough. Both books would be so fun to see made into movies.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay is the 2nd book in her Happily Ever After series. This was a fun sweet Christmas spirited romance, with a great couple and wonderful secondary characters, many of whom we met in the previous book. Savannah (Savy) Wilson, our heroine, is helping her best friend Maisy (previous book heroine) with her new bookstore. Savy lost her publicity job in New York, and is pining to return to the city she loves. While enjoying her reading, working with her fri The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay is the 2nd book in her Happily Ever After series. This was a fun sweet Christmas spirited romance, with a great couple and wonderful secondary characters, many of whom we met in the previous book. Savannah (Savy) Wilson, our heroine, is helping her best friend Maisy (previous book heroine) with her new bookstore. Savy lost her publicity job in New York, and is pining to return to the city she loves. While enjoying her reading, working with her friends; Savy tries to avoid the looks given her by the handsome hunky cowboy, Joaquin. Joaquin (Quino) Solis, our hero, is known by his friends as a womanizer, but the woman he desires the most, totally ignores him. He can’t understand why Savy isn’t attracted to him, and does every thing to try to win her over. Though when both discover that Maisy might have issues with money, they begin to work together to find ways to help. In a short time, Savy gives in to the sizzling chemistry between her and Quino, and a friendship with benefits begins, with both knowing that Savy will eventually return to New York Savy was a wonderful heroine, who was fun, smart, and independent. Quino was also a great hero, who was not only loyal and caring to his younger sister, but was determined to win Savy. I thought that McKinlay gives us a great group of recurring characters, especially the wonderful women such as Savy, Maisy, Jeri, Hannah. What follows is a sweet fun story, with some emotional moments, as Quino’s fear for his sister Desi caused him to realize that he needed to get beyond his own issues from losing his parents. This was a nice element to the story. I also enjoyed the story line with the famous well known author, who was a recluse, but with Savy and Quino working with her, she too came out of her rut. Nicely done. Will Savy return to New York and leave Quino? The Christmas Keeper was a wonderful story, with a fabulous sexy couple, the backdrop of the romance bookstore and famous author, and great secondary characters. If you enjoy a sweet fun pure romance, you need to read this book written so very well by Jenn McKinlay. Barb The Reading Cafe

  21. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Who could resist the most affable, sexy, practically perfect Santa? Not Savannah Wilson. That's for sure! Savy has her reasons to avoid Joaquin Solis. She knows that her attraction to him would be almost impossible to ignore. And keep her distance she must. She is determined to right the wrong done to her and get back to the job she loved in New York City. She can't let a guy, not Quino, not any guy, dilute her determination to return to the Big Apple. Joaquin Solis is firmly determin Who could resist the most affable, sexy, practically perfect Santa? Not Savannah Wilson. That's for sure! Savy has her reasons to avoid Joaquin Solis. She knows that her attraction to him would be almost impossible to ignore. And keep her distance she must. She is determined to right the wrong done to her and get back to the job she loved in New York City. She can't let a guy, not Quino, not any guy, dilute her determination to return to the Big Apple. Joaquin Solis is firmly determined to win over Savy despite hr stubborn reluctance. Quino has never felt such a strong attraction to another woman. He just knows that if they spend enough time together he can change Savy's mind. Working together to help save Savy's best friend, Maisy Kelly's romance bookstore is the best chance Quino has to spend time with Savy and convince her to stay in Fairdale, NC. He is playing the long game - friendly attention, planning activities Savy will enjoy (as friends haha) and patience. Lots of patience. I don't know how Savy can resist. The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay is the second book in her Happily Ever After series. Once again the action takes place around the romance bookstore in Fairdale named Happily Ever After. There's also plenty of action at Joaquin's horse ranch. Both Savy and Quino are very strong characters. Ms. McKinlay has depicted them as very likeable people; people the reader would like to have as friends. They both have a great sense of humor. To help save the bookstore Quino dressed up as Santa and Savy as an elf. I laughed at all the silly elf names Quino came up with for Savy such as Snickerdoodle Jingle Bells and Mistletoe Merrybottom. Since Quino is such a Christmas fanatic the story is filled with lots of fun Christmas activities. I loved this about the book. A Christmas romance needs to have the Christmas spirit, glow and warm feelings of Christmas. Jenn McKinlay achieved this with a fun, yet heartwarming story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Joaquin and Savannah’s love story in The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay, book two in her Happily Ever After series, was a wonderful, sexy, and enjoyable tale. Joaquin Solis fell in love with Savannah Wilson at first sight. He just knew she was going to be his wife; however, Savannah had a different plan in mind. Savannah was determined to leave their quaint town in North Carolina, get her former boss fired, be able to return to New York and her old job. Until that happens she will pretend the Joaquin and Savannah’s love story in The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay, book two in her Happily Ever After series, was a wonderful, sexy, and enjoyable tale. Joaquin Solis fell in love with Savannah Wilson at first sight. He just knew she was going to be his wife; however, Savannah had a different plan in mind. Savannah was determined to leave their quaint town in North Carolina, get her former boss fired, be able to return to New York and her old job. Until that happens she will pretend the scorching sexual chemistry between them isn’t happening. Joaquin is at a lost to find a way to convince Savannah to give them a chance. Savannah learns that Joaquin gives riding lessons to the one person who can help boost her career. Joaquin doesn’t hesitate to help her and invites her into his world at Shadow Pines and woos her with all of his Christmas loving power. It’s a gamble for him since if it works Savannah will most likely return to NYC. Joaquin believes in the magic of Christmas and he knows that with a little help from his friends at the Happily Ever After Bookstore, he just might be able to convince Savannah, the woman of his dreams, that he is the man for her. Not just the man for her but truly a keeper; a Christmas keeper and maybe the man she was in love with. Ms. McKinlay, a talented story teller, wrote a joyful, funny, tender sweet, and heartwarming tale that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and amazing characters giving Joaquin and Savannah a chance to discover their happiness by finding love and a future together. I highly recommend The Christmas Keeper to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    E.L. Davis

    I loved this book. It was a true romance. Savannah and Joaquin were about as compatible as chalk and cheese, but things change. Hiding out in the Smoky Mountains trying to get over a disaster in her chosen field, Savannah meets Joaquin who owns a stable in town. She only has eyes on returning to New York, while he knows that she is his other half. Sounds easy, right? Nothing is ever easy in a romance novel by Jenn McKinlay. The dialogue will keep you on your toes and you will soon be taking bets I loved this book. It was a true romance. Savannah and Joaquin were about as compatible as chalk and cheese, but things change. Hiding out in the Smoky Mountains trying to get over a disaster in her chosen field, Savannah meets Joaquin who owns a stable in town. She only has eyes on returning to New York, while he knows that she is his other half. Sounds easy, right? Nothing is ever easy in a romance novel by Jenn McKinlay. The dialogue will keep you on your toes and you will soon be taking bets on who will win. Let me share a secret: the reader will be the winner. This is a feel good book and when you finish it, there will be a smile on your face!! I won copy of this book in a raffle.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori Bonkoski

    A fun read for the holidays. Quino is totally into Christmas. Savannah, not so much, but the sparks fly between them and when they kiss - well, it's too good to not be true. Savannah is helping Maisy's Romance Book Store until she can get back to New York. Quino is committed to the small town and his business. How the two find their way to one another is a great plot and a fun story. Can Savannah figure out how to keep Quino? Can Quino figure out how to let Savannah know he can't live without he A fun read for the holidays. Quino is totally into Christmas. Savannah, not so much, but the sparks fly between them and when they kiss - well, it's too good to not be true. Savannah is helping Maisy's Romance Book Store until she can get back to New York. Quino is committed to the small town and his business. How the two find their way to one another is a great plot and a fun story. Can Savannah figure out how to keep Quino? Can Quino figure out how to let Savannah know he can't live without her? All is revealed through the story. Cameo appearances by King George, the rescue kitty help make the story. I loved this book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Joaquin and Savannah do not see things from the same lens, or so everyone thinks. She is trying to get back to her city life and fast paced career after coming to help a friend. He is trying to keep the family ranch business going and continue to keep his kid sister safe and happy. Can the Christmas season bring about more miracles this year? Or are these two destined to just burn hot before burning out? Featuring plenty of humor and heartfelt moment, a great follow up to The Good Ones in the Ha Joaquin and Savannah do not see things from the same lens, or so everyone thinks. She is trying to get back to her city life and fast paced career after coming to help a friend. He is trying to keep the family ranch business going and continue to keep his kid sister safe and happy. Can the Christmas season bring about more miracles this year? Or are these two destined to just burn hot before burning out? Featuring plenty of humor and heartfelt moment, a great follow up to The Good Ones in the Happily Ever After series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Westminster Library

    "The Good Ones" is the first book in the Happily Ever After series; readers explore Maisy and Ryder's romantic story. Now, in "The Christmas Keeper," book has their best friends, Savannah and Joaquin, trying to turn their physical spark into a romantic lifetime affair. Based in the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday period of the year, this is a fun holiday read! Find The Christmas Keeper at Westminster Public Library today!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lovely Loveday

    The Christmas Keeper is the second book in the Happily Ever After series by Jenn McKinlay. A fun fast-paced Christmas romance that is heartwarming and full of holiday spirit. This sexy, sassy and humorous cowboy uses all his charm to sweep the only woman who has ever made his knees weak off her feet. Can she resist the sexy cowboy who believes in the magic of Christmas? McKinlay has written a sweet, well-paced romance that is perfect for the Christmas season and sure to get you in the holiday sp The Christmas Keeper is the second book in the Happily Ever After series by Jenn McKinlay. A fun fast-paced Christmas romance that is heartwarming and full of holiday spirit. This sexy, sassy and humorous cowboy uses all his charm to sweep the only woman who has ever made his knees weak off her feet. Can she resist the sexy cowboy who believes in the magic of Christmas? McKinlay has written a sweet, well-paced romance that is perfect for the Christmas season and sure to get you in the holiday spirit. I enjoyed reading The Christmas Keeper that is both sweet and spicy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Received as a GoodReads giveaway. I've read and loved many of Jenn McKinlay's cozy mysteries, but this was the first of her romances that I've tried. I enjoyed it - the strong characters, the romance, the sense of humor, and the Christmas spirit. I admit at first I was a little concerned that Savy's and Quino's relationship seemed a bit too much focused on lust, but their back stories unfolded and personalities deepened as I read. A very satisfying holiday read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Definitely good ... 3.5 stars I wish that the rating system allowed me to differentiate more. This story was cute, Christmasy, and surprising. I love that Jenn weaves fun into her stories and also actual causes important to her heart. Quinn was a great character to read because he was allowing the past to dictate his future. He also was dedicated to Savy from the beginning.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I didn't care for this one as much as I liked the first one in this series. However, I did get teary-eyed at parts, which shows how great the writing is. I liked the characters. I just felt that some parts of the plot were too predictable and other parts were too unlikely. I look forward to reading more by this author. Her books are some of my favorites!

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