Santa in a Kilt by Donna Kauffman #bookreview #romance #holiday

Title: Santa in a Kilt

Author: Donna Kauffman

Publisher: Zebra Books

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

Page Count: 105

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

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 . . .
Originally published in Unwrapped


Santa in a Kilt by Donna Kauffman is a holiday romance novella that takes place isle of Kinloch, a small Scottish island. This novella was originally published in a three story collection in Unwrapped. This one is also a part of the Hot Scot Trilogy with two previous novels however it has different main characters so it is find as standalone.

Kira MacLeod is just starting to want to return to the dating world after having gone through a divorce. Kira has her eyes on the single Shay Callaghan and when both attend the wedding of some close friends Kira feels it’s her opportunity. Shay however will not be an easy catch being a divorce lawyer himself and not believing happily ever after is in his future.

Santa in a Kilt was of course a really quick read at novella length and that is exactly why I wasn’t over the top for this one. Having loved several of Donna Kauffman’s previous works I was surprised to find myself not really engaging with this couple and feeling things were rushed through to get to the steamier side. I just personally didn’t feel the love and would have liked more to their beginning.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

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

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