Review & Giveaway: First Kiss at Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain

First Kiss at Christmas JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for First Kiss at Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: First Kiss at Christmas

Series: The Off Season #5

Author: Lee Tobin McClain

Publisher: HQN

Release Date: October 26, 2021

Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

At 25 years old, preschool teacher Kayla Harris is embarrassed to admit she’s never been kissed. When Tony DiNunzio and his grieving nephew show up in her classroom, she can’t help being drawn to both of them. If only her insecurities-and his guilt over his sister’s death-would stop standing in their way.

As Christmas approaches, can these three come together to form a family… not just for the holidays, but forever?

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This was the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Even though I had not read any of the other books in the series, I had no trouble reading this book as a stand alone. The author did a good job of giving some background on side characters in a natural way so that I didn’t feel any confusion over who people were.

Tony and Jax sure had been through a lot of trauma. It was hard to see how much they were struggling when they first moved to town. But it was heartwarming to watch as, little by little, Jax began to improve and emotionally deal with what he had been through.

Kayla and Tony both had some trouble getting past their own distorted views of themselves and it was frustrating at times to see Kayla be timid due to the way she physically viewed herself or hear Tony belittle himself in his thoughts in regard to the way things turned out for his late sister, Jax’s mom. However, these two characters were ones that I couldn’t help but connect with and hope they could work through their issues.

There was a natural weaving of faith into the story. A heads up to those who are sensitive to alcohol use in novels. The characters do have some wine and beer occasionally, but nothing too excessive.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.



Lee Tobin McClain

Lee Tobin McClain is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels. A professor-turned-writer, she finds inspiration in her beautiful and brilliant daughter, her goofy goldendoodle, and her aptly named cat, Trouble. Learn more about her books at

CONNECT WITH LEE: Website | Facebook | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a copy of the first four books in The Off Season series, a Christmas ornament, and a $10 Amazon gift card!

First Kiss at Christmas JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 26, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 2, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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8 Responses to Review & Giveaway: First Kiss at Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain

  1. Lori R says:

    I have really enjoyed reading books by this author.

  2. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book

  3. JustRead Tours says:

    Than you for sharing your review!

  4. Roxanne C. says:

    I have enjoyed other books by Lee Tobin McClain. This one sounds like a terrific story to read this coming holiday season.

  5. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds says:

    Thank you for sharing. Looks good.

  6. jodi683 says:

    The cover is really sweet.

  7. Shelly Peterson says:

    I love the cover!

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