Christmas Book Review: Merry Kisses by Valerie Comer

This set features Merry Kisses by Valerie Comer.
This set features Merry Kisses by Valerie Comer.

What happens when you accidently say, “Merry Kisses” instead of “Happy Holidays” to the guy portraying the mall Santa as he comes though your register line with a basket full of toys?  Well bring on the mistletoe and prepare yourself for some toe curling kisses as Sonya and Heath figure out how to celebrate the season together when their religious beliefs differ.  Both are Christians, but Sonya believes that Santa is part of the commercialization of a holy holiday which should focus on Jesus.  She sees Santa as a lie told to children to get them to behave, and that teaches them to have false expectations about gifts.  Heath sees Santa as a way to reach out to others, especially children in need, to be the hands and feet of Christ.  He doesn’t understand why Sonya doesn’t have any ‘fun’ when it comes to Christmas.  When Sonya loses her job over the “Merry Kisses” slip, Heath offers her a temporary job as Santa’s assistant, but what happens is the beginning of a beautiful relationship based on respect and the desire to follow God’s leading.  One of the things I enjoy about this story is revisiting old friends and watching how the main characters work through their differences to build a loving relationship.  Oh, and let’s not forget the merry kisses that leave you swooning for more!  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this Riverbend romance:

Quote #1 (Heath)“Sweetheart, God is my lifeline.  I want His love to flow through me every single day.  It’s why I am Santa. Why I did the program today. I want to help point kids – families- to the best gift of all, salvation through Jesus.  I don’t do it perfectly.  I know it.  But it’s what I want more than anything.”

Quote #2 (Sonya)  “Thank you for being so patient with me,” she whispered against his lips.  (Heath) “Loving you is always my pleasure.”  (How many of us look as patience as a way of loving our spouses or significant person in our lives?)

Well done, Valerie Comer!  I will have to say this is probably my favorite of the

Novella #1 in the Riverbend series by Valerie Comer
Novella #1 in the Riverbend series by Valerie Comer

Riverbend series, although I am fond of Secretly Yours too.

Psst…for my readers who don’t know, the couple holding hands on the cover is Valerie and her husband, Jim.  What a neat way to conclude the Riverbend series.

Find Merry Kisses in the Love’s Gift, a set of 8 stories celebrating the meaning of Christmas.  This ebook set can be yours for $0.99 for a limited time at

Goodreads Exerpt:

Love is a gift….
Eight Christian romance novellas celebrating the true meaning of Christmas!

Each of these never-before-released inspirational romances has an uplifting holiday message that will help you relax, forget your worries, and focus on the real meaning of Christmas: Jesus, God’s gift to the world.

Join eight beloved Christian romance writers as they weave tales about all kinds of Christmas romance.

Can you go home again for Christmas? Belle Calhoune’s inspirational romance novella says yes, and it’s particularly exciting when you find yourMistletoe in Montana.

Debra Lynn Collins wonders if you can actually give someone a man for Christmas… and A Match Made for Christmas is one Christian romance that answers that question!

Valerie Comer introduces us to a disillusioned toy store clerk and a mall Santa who don’t see eye-to-eye on the whole Christmas season, but that’s nothing a few Merry Kisses can’t cure.

And Christina Coryell’s Unwrapped takes traditional Christmas celebrations to the next level when heroine Trina Miller falls for her best friend’s brother.

If you like Christian fiction with hospital settings, Heather Gray’s An Informal Christmas will warm your heart as her hero and heroine overcome their differences to help sick kids.

Christmas isn’t everyone’s favorite time of year. In fact, Christmas light displays take on a whole new meaning when you hate Christmas! But the hero of Elizabeth Maddrey’s Christian romance novella Operation Mistletoe won’t let heroine Victoria Spencer stay a Scrooge for long.

In the Christian romance A Bond for the Holidays, a family almost falls apart when a terrible secret is revealed… but this inspirational novella byLee Tobin McClain shows how God’s love can work a miracle.

Maybe you prefer celebrating Christmas 365 days a year in the Smoky Mountains. In Krista Phillips’ inspirational holiday novella, A (kinda) Country Christmas a woman does just that—until a handsome, world traveler shows up and ruins everything.

Join eight Christian romance writers on a journey that will warm your heart this holiday season, deepen your faith, and help you embrace the true gifts of Christmas.