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Monday, November 21, 2011

Quickie Holiday Reviews...Fa La La La La!


I reignited my holiday reading obsession this past weekend. Here are three quickie reviews.....


Santa's Wayward Elf by Paige Tyler

My favorite for the weekend! This is an adorable, well-written holiday romance. One of Santa's elves gets lost in the Big Apple and has an unexpected adventure with a hot cop. Tyler did a great job with this story. It's a fun twist on the legend of Santa Claus and the North Pole, with a romantic suspense plot-line.  The characters were wonderful, the sex was hot, and the ending was sweet. The pacing was spot-on until the crime story took over a bit at the end, but otherwise this was close to perfect. I will definitely be reading more books by Paige Tyler.

Grade: 5 Jumbo Mugs of Eggnog! (A-)

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Home For Christmas by Kate Davies

This was a freebie, and started out with a lot of potential. I love stories that have characters who are in their forties. This one has a widow and her late husband's business partner heading off on a romantic cruise. Unfortunately, it didn't deliver. It felt like a bad Harly novel....superficial, no real emotional connection between the H/h, flat sex scenes, and an abrupt ending. Big bummer.

Grade: 3 Limp Candy Canes (C+)

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Risky Christmas: Holiday Secrets/Kidnapped At Christmas by Jill Sorenson and Jennifer Morey

So far, I've only read the first story of this Harlequin anthology...Jill Sorenson's Holiday Secrets. A wimpy heroine with lots of issues (fear of swimming, fear of the Mob boss who killed her husband, fear of the cute guy next door) falls head over heels for a totally adorable, sexy, I want-one-in-my-stocking-please handyman surfer dude. Schwing! She has 2 kids and is in the witness protection program. He has a hammer and a surfboard. They're perfect for each other! Hee hee. Actually, this story is very sweet, and I loved loved loved the hero. The wimpy heroine grows a pair by the end of the book and (A) learns how to swim (after a sexy lesson with the hero), (B) thwarts the Mob boss (with some help from her boyfriend's truck), and (C) saves her surfer dude and gets an HEA! Cute story!

Grade: 4 Plump Gingerbread Boys (B)

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Ho Ho Ho!
Penelope

9 comments:

Paige Tyler said...

Thank you so much for the great review! So glad you enjoyed SANTA'S WAYWARD ELF!

*hugs*
Paige

Penelope said...

Hi Paige! It was the perfect combination of funny, sexy, and Christmas-y! I loved it. Thanks for writing such a great story!

Amber Skyze said...

Paige does write great books. I'm sad that Kate's wasn't good. She was a favorite of mine a few years ago.

Happy Monday!

Penelope said...

Hi Amber! I don't think I have read any other books by Kate Davies...if you can recommend a good one, I'll check it out!

Happy Monday to you, too!

Paige Tyler said...

Penelope - You're so welcome! I really love Sosie and Derek! Her character was a joy to write!

Amber - Thanks so much for the compliment!

*hugs*
Paige

Penelope said...

I just downloaded Paige's book Sexy Secret Santa on my Kindle...hee hee! :^)

Paige Tyler said...

Penelope - Yay! I'm so flattered. It's a fun story. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know how you like it!

*hugs*
Paige

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Love the Jimmy Thomas cover and I like that Risky Christmas review. Very entertaining - and that's about as erudite as I can be tonight.

Paige Tyler said...

Julia - Thanks!

*hugs*
Paige