E-book Series Review: The Christmas Cookie Chronicles

I have to say that I'm a big fan of continuity series - I love how authors can develop characters over multiple books and create whole communities in just a few thousand pages... that's why I want to introduce you to the first two books of The Christmas Cookie Chronicles Series:
Come join a meeting of the First Love Cookie Club!“On Christmas Eve, if you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your own true love, he will be your destiny.”
Carrie MacGregor doesn’t believe this—not one bit. She might be a “paid up” member of the Cookie Club and the local Sweethearts Knitting Club, but she’s not about to give in to the forced ho-ho-ho of the season. And why? Mark Leland. When he left town he broke Carrie’s heart. Now, the local-guy-made good is back, hosting the reality show “Fact or Fantasy.”
Fact: Mark broke her heart. Fantasy: her friends think they’ll be getting back together. But could the magic of a Twilight, Texas Christmas make Carrie’s secret dreams come true?

It’s Christmas time at the Horny Toad Tavern, located in the heart of Twilight, TX. Elvis is on the jukebox, the lights twinkle outside…and inside, Raylene Pringle is wondering if it’s going to be another “Blue Christmas” without her true love, Earl.

But things are about to change—because ‘tis the season for unexpected romance and a surprise mother/daughter reunion…reminding Raylene that you should never disbelieve the legend of the kismet cookies!

My Review:
These are fast light-hearted, slightly racy romantic reads.  As novellas they are shorter than a typical romance novel and if they weren't e-books would probably have been put together as one anthology.  The characters are fun and the continuity is part of the charm. Those who read Lori Wilde's books regularly will recognize the setting - Twilight, Texas - a town known for reuniting sweethearts, and the cast of supporting characters.  Even if you haven't read about the town before, you will still fall in love with these first two books in the series and be like me, patiently waiting for December 20th, when the final installment, The Christmas Cookie Chronicles - Christine comes out!

Lori Wilde is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty-five books. A former RITA finalist, Lori has received theRomantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers’ Choice, and numerous other honors. She lives in Weatherford, Texas, with her husband and a wide assortment of pets.  You can find out more about Lori Wilde and her writing at http://www.loriwilde.com