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Get ready for a holiday season you'll never forget with three of today's most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You'll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:   JENNIFER CRUSIE Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find he Get ready for a holiday season you'll never forget with three of today's most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You'll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:   JENNIFER CRUSIE Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game--in the arms of a sexy secret agent. . .   LORI FOSTER Two dedicated coworkers with a lot of secrets (and fantasies!) between them must plan a Christmas party side by side--and discover a love worth celebrating--in this steamy office romance.   CARLY PHILLIPS A "mistletoe moment" begins when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead--after giving him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more. . .


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Get ready for a holiday season you'll never forget with three of today's most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You'll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:   JENNIFER CRUSIE Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find he Get ready for a holiday season you'll never forget with three of today's most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You'll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:   JENNIFER CRUSIE Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game--in the arms of a sexy secret agent. . .   LORI FOSTER Two dedicated coworkers with a lot of secrets (and fantasies!) between them must plan a Christmas party side by side--and discover a love worth celebrating--in this steamy office romance.   CARLY PHILLIPS A "mistletoe moment" begins when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead--after giving him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more. . .

30 review for Santa, Baby

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    This book contained three novellas that take place near Christmas. The first story, Hot Toy, by Jennifer Crusie, I found to be disappointing. The hero and heroine had briefly dated, but the hero ended their budding relationship. In the story, he tells the heroine that he did so because she was boring on their dates. This didn't endear him to me. I really didn't feel any heat or chemistry between the hero and heroine. They share one brief kiss on the last page of the story. For me, this story rat This book contained three novellas that take place near Christmas. The first story, Hot Toy, by Jennifer Crusie, I found to be disappointing. The hero and heroine had briefly dated, but the hero ended their budding relationship. In the story, he tells the heroine that he did so because she was boring on their dates. This didn't endear him to me. I really didn't feel any heat or chemistry between the hero and heroine. They share one brief kiss on the last page of the story. For me, this story rated a two. Christmas Bonus, by Lori Foster, was better than the first story, but it wasn't as good as some of the other novellas I have read by her. The characters were likeable, and the story felt like more of a romance than the first one. It rated a three with me. I enjoyed the last story, Naughty Under the Mistletoe, by Carly Phillips, more than the previous two. I liked the characters and felt that this story was better developed than the others. I would give it 3.5 stars. Hot Toy has Trudy Maxwell desperate to find the hot toy of the year on Christamas Eve for a Santa gift for her five year old nephew. In the toy store, she encounters Nolan Mitchell, a professor of Chinese literature whom she briefly dated. She thought that Nolan might be "The One," until he dumped her without ever even kissing her. Trudy's Christmas Eve toy shopping expedition turns into a misadventure involving secret agents and Chinese double agents, with Nolan Mitchell in the middle of it all. Just as Trudy is starting to again believe that Nolan might be a good guy, his actions anger and distress her. She will have to find out what kind of man he truly is. In Christmas Bonus, Eric Bragg feels as if he let an important opportunity pass him by. He has been in love with Maggie for several years. As Maggie was his employer's daughter who was ten years younger than himself, he knew that he needed to let her grow up before declaring himself. At age twenty-two, Maggie's father dies and she suddenly becomes Eric's boss. Now he believes if he tells her his feelings and asks her to marry him, the others in the office will believe he is angling to run the company. As Christmas nears, Eric begins to see that the attraction is not all one sided and he and Maggie confess their feelings to one another. Toni Larson is a good girl who doesn't often have relationships. In Naughty Under the Mistletoe, she is an attorney who is getting ready to move to her company's new office. As Christmas approaches, she decides that it is time to act on her attraction to the senior partner's son, Stephan Corbin. She feels that since she will be in a different office, a one night stand with Stephan won't compromise her integrity at work. When Toni catches Stephan under the mistletoe at the company party and kisses him, she immediately realizes that she has mistaken this man's identity. It is not Stephan, but his twin brother, Maxwell Corbin, private investigator. Toni and Maxwell are overwhelmingly attracted to one another, and they go to his apartment after the party. After spending a passionate night together, which Toni still intends as a one night stand, a phone message leaves her feeling devastated. She runs from Maxwell's apartment, and he has to track her down and force her to confront the feelings that have so quickly developed between them. These Christmas novellas were not as good as I expected, based on who the authors were. Naughty Under the Mistletoe was my favorite, but I didn't find any of them to be truly special.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Cute, quick holiday stories. I really liked Hot Toy by Ms. Crusie.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cissa

    5 stars for the Crusie novella by itself! "Hot Toy" is one of the funniest Christmas stories ever. Crusie's dialog is, as usual, sharp and witty and keeps the story moving along... and only Crusie can bring the Magic of Christmas together with gin, a shootout, international spies, the desperate search for this year's hot toy- which is disgusting- for a beloved nephew who's had a horrible year- AND make it laugh-out-loud funny! This story alone makes the book worthwhile, especially since one can 5 stars for the Crusie novella by itself! "Hot Toy" is one of the funniest Christmas stories ever. Crusie's dialog is, as usual, sharp and witty and keeps the story moving along... and only Crusie can bring the Magic of Christmas together with gin, a shootout, international spies, the desperate search for this year's hot toy- which is disgusting- for a beloved nephew who's had a horrible year- AND make it laugh-out-loud funny! This story alone makes the book worthwhile, especially since one can buy it for a penny plus postage. Unfortunately, the other 2 stories were not as good. Foster's "Christmas Bonus" was unreadable for me; maybe 2 stars. I suppose it'd be worth reading if you need insight into how a Nice GuyTM thinks the world works, but Eric is a loathsome creature and we spend way too much time in his putrid head. He is resentful that his crush has become his boss, and is determined to act professionally- but his definition of "professional" includes calling his boss "sweetheart" and "honey" etc. on a regular basis, while ogling her. Because this is fiction, she is smitten rather than repulsed. Phillips's "Naughty Under the Mistletoe" was decent- 3-4 stars. Toni is a workaholic who has decided she needs a fling- and her almost-ex-boss is the guy she picks, because he's pretty much the only bachelor she knows. At the Christmas party, though, she mistakenly puts the moves on his twin brother, and they are mutually smitten. Love at first sight has a deservedly bad rep, but I think it worked OK here. The one bit that i could not get my head around is how Toni fled Max's place after a misunderstanding, when he drove her there and it was at least 40 min away from her home...! Anyway, it was cute and I liked the characters. HIGHLY recommended just for the Crusie story, if you like crime capers, excellent banter, and/or holiday humor!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Diehl

    One of these things is not like the others... I like ALL three novellas, very much but while Hot Toy is hilarious and very light on the romance, Christmas Boner, er, Bonus, and Naughty Under the Mistletoe are explicitly erotic romances. So, if you're like me and like to mix it up, you'll enjoy this set; if you prefer to enjoy your pleasures one at a time, you may be jarred by the combination. Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie Trudy Maxwell is determined to score her five year-old nephew THE hot toy of the One of these things is not like the others... I like ALL three novellas, very much but while Hot Toy is hilarious and very light on the romance, Christmas Boner, er, Bonus, and Naughty Under the Mistletoe are explicitly erotic romances. So, if you're like me and like to mix it up, you'll enjoy this set; if you prefer to enjoy your pleasures one at a time, you may be jarred by the combination. Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie Trudy Maxwell is determined to score her five year-old nephew THE hot toy of the season, the Major MacGuffin. WITH toxic waste. As she roots through the shelves of the messy local toy store she is joined by allies/adversaries: Nolan Mitchell, professor of Chinese literature and jerk who dated Trudy three times and then didn't call her again; and Reese Daniels, her father's onetime research assistant. Trudy's persistence pays off, somewhat; she locates one of LAST year's MacGuffins (with gun, without toxic waste). Both men seems interested in dating her - or do they just want to grab her MacGuffin? The conversations that Trudy carries on while in line to pay, with both men, other shoppers, AND her sister via phone, all simultaneously, had me laughing out loud. The bizarre spy-theme secret code in the doll boxes was over the top ridiculous, but then, the whole scrambling for THE hot toy at Christmas is over the top ridiculous. Christmas Bonus by Lori Foster is also featured in a collection called All I Want for Christmas Eric Bragg had disguised his lust for his boss's sexy daughter, beginning when Maggie hung around the office at age 17. He always meant to make a move on her, in a few years when the time was right, perhaps when he himself took over managing the company. He didn't count on his boss dying and leaving the company to Maggie, when she was only 22. Maggie doesn't want the company, she wants Eric to look at her like a desirable WOMAN, and works out a plan to seduce him, starting with him being designated to help her plan the company Christmas party. Eric decides to start the party early, when he finds out that at least on paper, Maggie is more experienced than she seems. Hot hot hot. Naughty Under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips is also featured in a collection called Naughty or Nice? Lawyer Toni Larson has decided to seduce her colleague Stephan Corbin, since she finds him attractive and she's about to move to a different office location, so it won't become uncomfortable between them, whether it's a fling or something that lasts a little longer. She lures a man she thinks is Stephan under the mistletoe, but the sizzling kiss she gets from his twin brother Max blows all thoughts of whats-his-name out of her mind. Includes an incredibly hot game of strip pool. I'm not a huge fan of insta-love, but the author pulls it off well. Applause to the authors for always wrappin' it like a present (i.e., condoms) in the sex scenes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Three novellas set at Christmas time. The first by Jennifer Cruise was fun. Trudy runs into her former boring boyfriend Nolan, while Christmas shopping for her nephew. When she finds the very last hot toy of the year, she can't figure out why Nolan wants it so badly. Then she sees Reese, her father's research assistant who also seems taken by the toy. Turns out Nolan is an undercover agent and the toy contains secret Chinese codes. Danger, intrigue, and a little romance ensues. The second one by Three novellas set at Christmas time. The first by Jennifer Cruise was fun. Trudy runs into her former boring boyfriend Nolan, while Christmas shopping for her nephew. When she finds the very last hot toy of the year, she can't figure out why Nolan wants it so badly. Then she sees Reese, her father's research assistant who also seems taken by the toy. Turns out Nolan is an undercover agent and the toy contains secret Chinese codes. Danger, intrigue, and a little romance ensues. The second one by Lori Foster was a disappointment. The characters have no depth and the plot is barely there. The story is full of sex and it goes on forever. You don't care if Maggie and Eric end up together or how he will continue to work for her, after she seduces him. The third one by Carly Phillips is also quite spicy but the plot is plausible, much like a chick lit movie. Toni thinks she'd seducing her former boss, only he turns out to be his twin brother. Both Toni and Max are real people and sizzle well together. And you hope they have a great happily ever after

  6. 4 out of 5

    Savannah (Books by the Beach Reviews) Avery

    Hot Toy (2/5 stars): -I did not like this story at all. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be a romance, comedy or action? It probably could have been all three but in a novella it just wasn't possible. Christmas Bonus (3/5 stars): -This was the best story out of all of them, I did enjoy it. The romance story had it's good parts and it's bad parts. It was also a bit unrealistic but it's a erotica/romance so I guess that's to be expected. Naughty under the Mistletoe (2/5 stars): -I didn't like it, 90 Hot Toy (2/5 stars): -I did not like this story at all. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be a romance, comedy or action? It probably could have been all three but in a novella it just wasn't possible. Christmas Bonus (3/5 stars): -This was the best story out of all of them, I did enjoy it. The romance story had it's good parts and it's bad parts. It was also a bit unrealistic but it's a erotica/romance so I guess that's to be expected. Naughty under the Mistletoe (2/5 stars): -I didn't like it, 90% of it was sex which would have been fine if the story wasn't meant to be romantic. I didn't enjoy it. Overall, I was disappointed with this book. I really was hoping for a fun Christmas read, but none of these stories were very christmas-y at all. In fact, the only one that I even remembered was holiday-themed was Hot Toy, the rest just seemed like erotica/romance that happened to take place during Christmas. I wouldn't recommenced this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Margriet

    "Santa Baby" Loved the JC novella. The banter is so quick and clever and amazing. I read in awe, sometimes. At one point in time Trudy is talking with her sister on the phone while two men argue about her over her head, and you know who is saying what and how it all matches up and it is great. Revolves around a desperate Christmas Eve search for a specific toy, which turns out to have something to do with Chinese spies and nuclear launch codes and such. Didn't really care much about the plot...l "Santa Baby" Loved the JC novella. The banter is so quick and clever and amazing. I read in awe, sometimes. At one point in time Trudy is talking with her sister on the phone while two men argue about her over her head, and you know who is saying what and how it all matches up and it is great. Revolves around a desperate Christmas Eve search for a specific toy, which turns out to have something to do with Chinese spies and nuclear launch codes and such. Didn't really care much about the plot...loved the characterization. "Christmas Bonus" by Lori Foster. Not bad. Another 'I've loved you from afar' storyline, this time with the boss's daughter and the boss's right hand man.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Three small novelas by different authors. All three stories are doing the Christmas season and are funny and exciting. My favorite of course is Jennifer Crusie's story about going out on Christmas eve to save her newphew's hope in Santa and her sister from truly believing that she is the worst mother ever for not getting her child the have-to-have gift this year. This simple trip leads to spys, undercover agents, and one ugly toy that everyone wants to take from her. Fast, funny, and I loved it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dayle (the literary llama)

    I love Jennifer Crusie and her short story in this compilation was fun, inventive, and rich with characters. What she was able to do with a short story is incredible. The other two stories however were repetative sexual drivel. There was nothing unique about them and they were utterly forgetable. Every other paragraph was a character's inner monologue that merely restated an emotion/action that had already been made clear. It was useless filler. Definitely not worth what I paid for it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I have read most of what Jennifer Crusie has written and I picked this one up because of that. It really wasn't that good. Not so bad that you can't finish it, but not good enough to lure you from the TV set. I liked the other authors stories well enough to think I wouldn't mind trying their books - but over all I thought this was kind of weak.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This rating is for the Jennifer Crusie story only. Its short and fun. I know of no other author who could mix a doting aunt trying to buy an out of stock toy for her nephew for Christmas with an NSA agent, a Chinese double agent, and her drunk sister and make it this good. I will read the other two stories eventually.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rooks

    Why did I read this? I have no idea. Maybe because it only cost like, a quarter. Crusie's story is mildly interesting, but the other two are TERRIBLE, so on balance? Blerg.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Overall I really enjoyed this collection. It was a quick, easy read and two stood far out over the third. Here's a simple overview of each novella. Hot Toy -- Jennifer Crusie; 5 stars I LOVED this short story. It was absolutely amazing. Hilarious and the perfect amount of over-the-top, just everything I adore in a Crusie plot. Trudy was spunky and delightful, Nolan was endearing and amusing, and the two of them together created a lovely romance that was the perfect amount of sass, emotion, and hil Overall I really enjoyed this collection. It was a quick, easy read and two stood far out over the third. Here's a simple overview of each novella. Hot Toy -- Jennifer Crusie; 5 stars I LOVED this short story. It was absolutely amazing. Hilarious and the perfect amount of over-the-top, just everything I adore in a Crusie plot. Trudy was spunky and delightful, Nolan was endearing and amusing, and the two of them together created a lovely romance that was the perfect amount of sass, emotion, and hilarity. The addition of undercover agents and Chinese spies just made it even better almost because that sounds so ridiculous. This book is being added to my shelves instead of returned to a used bookstore simply for this story alone. Christmas Bonus -- Lori Foster; 1 star. Maybe 1.5 if I'm feeling generous. Eric comes across as a sleaze, Maggie is a dipshit, and the two of them are a match made in dumbassery heaven. Apparently, the two have known each other for five years -- since Eric was 27 and Maggie was 17. And they've wanted each other since. Which...okay, I don't mind an age gap, that's not my problem. And Eric crushing on her when she was 19 can make sense, especially when he doesn't do anything and lets her live her life. But the rest of it? The utter insanity? Eric wanting Maggie to step down from her position of running the company she inherited from her father because he doesn't want people to say he's only after the money? Maggie comprising a completely ridiculous lie in the attempt to make Eric see her as a woman and not a seventeen-year-old girl anymore by forcing more time spent together? This took the whole "miscommunication as a plot device" trope entirely too far and I did not enjoy it. Naughty Under the Mistletoe -- Carly Phillips; 4 stars Super cute! I was not looking forward to this one after Foster's novella, especially with the lacking summary on the back, but I was delightfully surprised. Phillips navigated workplace professionalism with absolute grace and this was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed both Max and Toni falling in love thanks to a little Christmas magic. It was ridiculously cute at times, emotionally charged at others, and a good balance to enhance the quick chemistry between the two. This was my first read of Phillips and I'll definitely be searching out more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    A Robin Reads

    Review first published on my blog: I'm currently reading Santa, baby by Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster and Carly Philips. I picked this book up to read for the Tis the season a thon readathon. I finished almost the entire first story in one sitting. But I didn't really like it, it was a bit to weird for me. So I'm probably going to give this one 3 stars. I have only read the first story, because I read in a review of someone that the other two were smutty and I don't like that. The first story was Review first published on my blog: I'm currently reading Santa, baby by Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster and Carly Philips. I picked this book up to read for the Tis the season a thon readathon. I finished almost the entire first story in one sitting. But I didn't really like it, it was a bit to weird for me. So I'm probably going to give this one 3 stars. I have only read the first story, because I read in a review of someone that the other two were smutty and I don't like that. The first story was not great. It was very weird and didn't really make sense. But the writing style was pretty good and the romance was okay, so therefore I gave it 3 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    This book is comprised of 3 novellas that all have a Christmas theme. I guess. It felt kind of forced a little bit. They're barely ok. The authors wrote them very quickly and without much thought. I feel pretty confident that they were told by the publisher "we want a Christmas novella" and they replied "I'll let you read what I've come up with by the day after tomorrow." I didn't expect this to be great, but I'd hoped it would have been a little bit better than it was.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Hot Toy - Jennifer Crusie ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Christmas Bonus - Lori Foster ⭐️ Naughty Under the Mistletoe - Carly Phillips ⭐️⭐️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katrina (trinakb)

    A very cute and fun holiday read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Arden

    The first story in here was very good. The second was just an excuse for a sex scene.The third was not bad. That's the trouble with these anthologies. The middle story drags the rating down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan Procter

    I liked the first story best. It was fun and funny. The other two were just OK. Overall it was a pleasant diversion from Christmas craziness.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marie Christensen

    Cute book by 3 authors I enjoy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Ball

    totally cliche, each story in the book, not really wroth reading unless you are looking for mi8ndless fluff and romance.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    The Crusie story was hilarious and I loved it, the other two stories were not to my taste.

  23. 5 out of 5

    2.75/3 - They were only okay. Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie It's Christmas Eve and Trudy Maxwell's nephew wants this years 'it toy' Major MacGuffin 2. His father, who just ran off with the babysitter, was supposed to buy it. Now Trudy's sister is in hysterics over the idea the her son won't have this toy tomorrow morning. Ransacking every stocked space near the now empty shelf, Trudy tries ignoring the gorgeous professor, Nolan Mitchell, who briefly dated then dumped her. While Trudy methodically re 2.75/3 - They were only okay. Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie It's Christmas Eve and Trudy Maxwell's nephew wants this years 'it toy' Major MacGuffin 2. His father, who just ran off with the babysitter, was supposed to buy it. Now Trudy's sister is in hysterics over the idea the her son won't have this toy tomorrow morning. Ransacking every stocked space near the now empty shelf, Trudy tries ignoring the gorgeous professor, Nolan Mitchell, who briefly dated then dumped her. While Trudy methodically removes every box, Nolan helpfully restocks them and explains he's a collector also looking for MacGuffin. Trudy just wishes he'd leave even though she thought he might have been The One. She's got problems of her own and she's still sore about the way things ended between them and having him close doesn't make anything easier. Nolan finally takes the hint and begins to leave when her father's research assistant last year, Reese Daniels approaches and introduces himself. Reese couldn't help but hear them talking about MacGuffin and he's looking for one too and he's flirting much to Nolan's irritation. Then suddenly, from back behind the some frilly pink boxes full of dolls, Trudy pulls down a Major MacGuffin 1. From here the story gets a little more complex and unusual and I'd hate to spoil it for you but I thought it was preposterous and improbable and...and there was no sex. Jeez! But I will remember for a long time the bit altering the wrapping paper. I laughed out loud and I've told dozens of people. I also thought there were some very humorous and real parts like when Nolan is restocking all the boxes Trudy pulls down. He finishes one side, comes around to the other and sees a new pile and just says "great" and starts stacking. Then it happens again and he just sighs. So good-natured and fun. My kind of man. It felt so real and normal and as preposterous and improbable as it was for me, I think that any writer who can do that in writing deserves to be read. Christmas Bonus by Lori Foster Eric Bragg has loved Maggie for 5 years but she was the boss's daughter and ten years his junior so he decided he should let her grow up and live a little before he made his feelings known. When Maggie's father dies suddenly leaving her top become president of the company, a company everyone believed would go to Eric, the twenty-two year old who was once a fanciful dreamer becomes a determined business minded women. Eric isn't bitter about losing the business and Maggie becoming his boss. He's even proud of the way Maggie's manged things these last 6 months, but he misses old, carefree Maggie. Worried that Maggie and the other employees might view his attraction to her as a ploy to takeover the company he hesitates again. Maggie has a few secrets of her own so when she convinces him to escort her to the company Christmas party she hopes all their secrets and desires will unfold from there. Naughty Under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips Attorney and good girl Antonia (Toni) Larson decides that tonight she's going to seduce the boss's son, Stephan Corbin. Stephan is a self proclaimed bachelor and Toni is only looking for one night. She's not interested in long term and she thinks Stephan will happily comply. With the start of the New Year, Toni is moving to the new suburban offices of Corbin and Sons. Stephan is staying in the city so they'll be in separate divisions and she can indulge in her purely physical desire and not compromise her position at work. Much to his father's disappointment, Maxwell Corbin is not the obedient twin. That's Stephan, who join their dad's law firm as expected. Maxwell became a PI and does his own thing. He's here tonight at the office Christmas party at his fathers request. He knows the old man plans to offer him the new suburban division as enticement to finally join the family business. He'll deal with that later. Right now a sexy little elf has her eyes locked on him and he can't seem to take his eyes of her. When the sexy elf drags him behind a tree and kisses him senseless he's reluctant to let her go. Toni instantly knows she's not kissing Stephan but suddenly it doesn't matter. This twin will do just as well but he's more than she bargained for.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    *Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie* - 2 stars This first story about Trudy buying a last minute Christmas present for her nephew, which his own father had forgotten to get, was shit. There wasn't a time I didn't want to slap Trudy upside the head. And then, suddenly, Nolan (her father's colleague or something) appears. Trudy is pissed he didn't call back after their 3 dates, but still she is attracted to him. But, the thing is, she's searching for one last Major MacGuffin, which can, apparently spit wa *Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie* - 2 stars This first story about Trudy buying a last minute Christmas present for her nephew, which his own father had forgotten to get, was shit. There wasn't a time I didn't want to slap Trudy upside the head. And then, suddenly, Nolan (her father's colleague or something) appears. Trudy is pissed he didn't call back after their 3 dates, but still she is attracted to him. But, the thing is, she's searching for one last Major MacGuffin, which can, apparently spit waste out of his mouth. That's when Reese comes around. He's her father's apprentice (I think), and apparently aa lot younger than her but she's still attracted to him. It's not the age that bothers me, it's the fact she flirts with him to get back at Nolan. But, surprise, she finds one MacGuffin in the back, which is beaten pretty badly, but she takes. It should be said, that this is last year’s model, but she doesn't care - she just wants her nephew to get one of these weird dolls. And suddenly everybody wants it. Nolen offers money for it, and even reaches 1000 dollars, while a lady in front of her at the checkout also offers 200 dollars or something. But Trudy doesn't give. Nope, she wants the doll. And then, just make this shit story even shittier, she freaking follows Reese to a warehouse in the middle of fucking nowhere to get the new model of this MacGuffin!! Come on, that just screams trouble! I’m not going to comment on this story anymore, other than me giving it 2 stars. Nolan was pretty much the reason it didn’t get 1, because he was the only character in this crap story that actually seemed genuine. So go you Nolan. *Christmas Bonus by Lori Foster* - 5 stars I loved this story! Or, should I say, I loved Eric. Eric knew what he wanted, andwent for it. He could have waited yet another day to have his girl, but he drove right over to her house. And from there on, it became steamy and hot :3 I honestly don’t know what to say other than this short story was the shit. And just to make it even better, it was a Christmas short story :D (I know, all of these three books were, but that’s either shit or awesome). *Naughty under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips* - 5 stars Again, I loved this story! 2 out of 3 was awesome, so that’s nice :p Again we have a man, Max, who knows what he want, and doesn’t let anything stand between him and his goal. And Toni wasn’t afraid (at least not all the time) of what was building between them, even if it all unfolded in just one, hot and steamy night. Max and Toni were great together, and, to quote Jake, “Sounds like a match made in heaven to me.” (you’ll know why when you read it ;) ) So know, that I have a little more faith in Christmas-books again (Snow Angel Cove ruined it for me big time), I think I’ll read more of these :3

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer

    Three stories, each focusing on a romance at Christmas. What is wrong with that? Hot Toy by Jennifer Cruise was an interesting story, but didn't hold my interest for very long. Meet Trudy, an aunt on a mission to find the one toy that her poor nephew wants for Christmas after his father left his mother. Only problem is that the toy he wants is the hottest toy on the shelves and it's Christmas Eve. To make matters worse, she just ran into Nolan, a man she went out with who didn't call her after th Three stories, each focusing on a romance at Christmas. What is wrong with that? Hot Toy by Jennifer Cruise was an interesting story, but didn't hold my interest for very long. Meet Trudy, an aunt on a mission to find the one toy that her poor nephew wants for Christmas after his father left his mother. Only problem is that the toy he wants is the hottest toy on the shelves and it's Christmas Eve. To make matters worse, she just ran into Nolan, a man she went out with who didn't call her after their date. Top top that off now she seems to be stuck in some real-life spy movie with a super sexy secret agent. This was an okay story, but Trudy didn't keep me interested. She was too much an independent woman, even in the face of danger. I could understand if she was in this type of situation all the time, but it didn't seem like she was so it was almost like it was over the top and very fake on her side. Nolan didn't come off interesting either and it just seemed a little dull overall. Christmas Bonus by Lori Foster takes two co-workers with secret fantasies and forces them to work side-by-side, coming face to face with their own feelings for each other. A very cute story. Maggie has taken over her father's business after he passed away, which comes with sexy assistant Eric. Maggie has always had a crush on Eric and wants him to see her as a woman instead of the teen who used to visit her father in the office. Little does Maggie know that Eric noticed her long ago and was just waiting for the perfect moment until she became his boss. This story was cute because everyone else can see it between these two and they can't. This story made me smile and really care and feel for the characters. I liked this story a lot. Naughty Under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips was a cute story about a woman on a mission to seduce her co-worker and she ended up seducing his twin brother instead. Toni was out to seduce Stephan, but ended up kissing his twin brother Max instead. Add a bit of misunderstandings and you have a very cute little story. I liked this story at first because it had the element of embarrassment and intrigue that I find interesting, but as soon as Toni realized what had happened she didn't seem embarrassed, but instead switched her attention to Max and went out to seduce him. It just made it hard to connect with her and believe her to genuine. Although this was the last story I read, it was my second favorite in the entire book. Overall, I found this book to be okay and somewhat interesting, but only one story really held my interest and made me want to read it again. I would have liked to see that story stretched out a bit more into it's own story. The other two were okay, but I didn't feel like picking up the book to read those stories again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea O'Brien

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First I want to preface all of these short reviews with the thought that it must be very hard to write a good, solid story with just 100 pages and secondly that I know these stories are supposed to be easily enjoyable and reach the perfect light hearted pitch for a happy holiday read. BUT every Christmas season I pull out all my Christmas story collections and read them so I know that it is possible to have an excellent Christmas story written in 100 pages. "Hot Toy" by Jennifer Crusie just did First I want to preface all of these short reviews with the thought that it must be very hard to write a good, solid story with just 100 pages and secondly that I know these stories are supposed to be easily enjoyable and reach the perfect light hearted pitch for a happy holiday read. BUT every Christmas season I pull out all my Christmas story collections and read them so I know that it is possible to have an excellent Christmas story written in 100 pages. "Hot Toy" by Jennifer Crusie just did not do it for me. I appreciate that the author gave the characters a history so I was not supposed to believe they feel madly in love at first sight but the history felt flat and so did the characters. It was an okay story but I have read better novellas. "Christmas Bonus" by Lori Foster was ... hot. The chemistry between the two characters was explosive but it was also backed by 6 years of sexual frustration on both their parts. The characters were likable and even though you only get a day to know them the palpable frustration and snippets of their past makes it feel like its been longer. My biggest complaint is that this story could have taken place at any time of year at any company party - the Christmas portion of it was kind of weak. 3 stars though! "Naughty Under the Mistletoe" by Carly Phillips. This was another story that seemed to be set at Christmas as an after thought - it just provided a back drop for the character rather than having any real impact on the story itself. It was an okay read. I found it hard to believe that a woman with a childhood like Toni's would be so quick to fall in love and complacent to it as she is (without it having been a previous pattern) but who doesn't love a hot, charming, PI?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Punk

    Romance. This is actually three different Christmas novellas and they're all pretty skippable. Crusie's Hot Toy is the only one I read all the way through: It's Christmas Eve and Trudy Maxwell desperately needs a Major MacGuffin. It's a toy for her nephew and, yes, the name is exactly as distracting as you might think, like reading a romance where the heroine is named Mary Sue. It's impossible to take seriously. The toy isn't even a real MacGuffin as it's central to the plot. But, anyway, our he Romance. This is actually three different Christmas novellas and they're all pretty skippable. Crusie's Hot Toy is the only one I read all the way through: It's Christmas Eve and Trudy Maxwell desperately needs a Major MacGuffin. It's a toy for her nephew and, yes, the name is exactly as distracting as you might think, like reading a romance where the heroine is named Mary Sue. It's impossible to take seriously. The toy isn't even a real MacGuffin as it's central to the plot. But, anyway, our heroine does some really stupid things in service of getting this MacGuffin. I would have dropped the thing the first time someone pointed a gun at me. Crusie clearly didn't have the space to develop her characters or the plot. I did read a few pages of the other two novellas. Lori Foster's Christmas Bonus starts off with a guy perving after his younger boss. There's a ten year age difference and he's been lusting after her since she was seventeen and still the boss' daughter. I'm not, in itself, exactly opposed to this premise, but when that's the first -- and only -- thing I learn about a guy, I'm not inclined to like him. The part I read was sleazy, but even worse it was stilted and unsexy. So I stopped reading. Carly Philips' Naughty under the Mistletoe was more engaging. It features a lawyer determined to shed her good girl reputation and be naughty long enough to land Stephan Corbin for a one-night stand, except the guy she kisses under the mistletoe is his twin brother Max. Whoops. I might have finished this one if I'd gotten the book back when it was still December, but by the time I got to it I was already burnt out on Christmas.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cherise

    I really wanted to love this book, but the truth is, it's just OK. Jennifer Crusie writes an action/spy novella In Hot Toy. Trudy is sent out on Christmas Eve to purchase the latest Hot Toy for her nephew. Of course the toy isn't in stock as everyone wants one. While going through other shelves hoping for a misplaced toy, she runs into a guy she dated 3 times. She thought he was the one. He never called back. The two get mixed up in spy game when they toy she finds contain secret Chinese codes. I really wanted to love this book, but the truth is, it's just OK. Jennifer Crusie writes an action/spy novella In Hot Toy. Trudy is sent out on Christmas Eve to purchase the latest Hot Toy for her nephew. Of course the toy isn't in stock as everyone wants one. While going through other shelves hoping for a misplaced toy, she runs into a guy she dated 3 times. She thought he was the one. He never called back. The two get mixed up in spy game when they toy she finds contain secret Chinese codes. I thought her's was the best as it was entertaining and the couple's relationship was beleivable. Plus there are quite a few laughs thrown in. If it was just Jennifer Crusie's story I had to rate I would probably give it a 4. In Lori Fosters Christmas Bonus you have Maggie who has recently taken over her fathers company upon his death. Eric is the employee everyone thought would take over the company. Eric and Maggie both have loved eachother secretly since they met. Eric stumbles upon some evidence of Maggies feelings and decides to act on it. I thought the plot was good, but the story just didn't live up to all it could have been. In Carly Phillips Naughty Under the Mistletoe you have Toni, a woman who decides she is going to make the moves on her soon to be ex-boss at the Christmas Party. She ends up kissing his twin instead. I am a Carly Phillips fan and this story just fell flat. The couple fall in love after a one night stand. I just couldn't buy it. These are 3 quick easy reads. Each has entertaining value, but it might be a book you want to check out at the library or borrow from a friend instead of buy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nath

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie: 3/5 (C) On Christmas Eve, Trudy Maxwell is stucked in a toy store looking for an action figure, sorreh, can't remember the name, that is able to spit toxic waste :) Unfortunately, the action figure has been sold out since Thanksgiving, but Trudy is not giving up. She absolutely needs to find one for her nephew, Leroy, because his bastard father has not kept his promise and Trudy and Leroy's mother, Courtney, don't want Leroy to be disappointed. So she starts looking in Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie: 3/5 (C) On Christmas Eve, Trudy Maxwell is stucked in a toy store looking for an action figure, sorreh, can't remember the name, that is able to spit toxic waste :) Unfortunately, the action figure has been sold out since Thanksgiving, but Trudy is not giving up. She absolutely needs to find one for her nephew, Leroy, because his bastard father has not kept his promise and Trudy and Leroy's mother, Courtney, don't want Leroy to be disappointed. So she starts looking in other aisle for the action figure. Unlucky for her, Nolan Mitchell shows up... Nolan is a chinese literature professor and has stood up Trudy a few months ago. Still angry at him, Trudy tries to ignore him and lucky her, she finds the action figure that she was looking for, only the previous generation... But what's weird is that suddenly, everyone is after her action figure... Okay, so this is a novella and it's short. I knew that, but still I find it disappointing, cos well, it was too short. By the way, did Trudy Maxwell ever showed up in Crusie's previous books? The name doesn't ring a well, so I wonder, but it seems like I was supposed to know her. Anyway, I like Trudy and Nolan :D The only thing is that well, the story is a bit far-fetched... but I guess that's okay :) It wasn't hilarious, but still pretty fun (as in, I did laugh out a couple of times)... Anyway, I'm still waiting for a full Jennifer Crusie book (and her only, no co-writing)... It's been 2 years since Bet Me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie has Trudy Maxwell rushing to find a toy for her nephew so that he can have the latest for Christmas. While at the toy store, she runs into an old associate of her father's and discovers that he too is looking for the season's hot toy. They find one left and Trudy discovers that this may be an extra special toy as it gets her into a mess of trouble with spies who want it almost as badly as she does. Did not like Trudy in this story. She is pushed around by her sister and Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie has Trudy Maxwell rushing to find a toy for her nephew so that he can have the latest for Christmas. While at the toy store, she runs into an old associate of her father's and discovers that he too is looking for the season's hot toy. They find one left and Trudy discovers that this may be an extra special toy as it gets her into a mess of trouble with spies who want it almost as badly as she does. Did not like Trudy in this story. She is pushed around by her sister and more than a little flaky. Yes, it's nice that she's getting this toy for her nephew for the first Christmas after his father ran away with the secretary but, dear God in heaven, it's a toy. If I were rating just "Christmas Bonus" by Lori Foster, I'd probably give the book one or two stars. Generally speaking, I like Ms. Foster a lot but a misguided love where the boss' daughter has recently taken over the company, right from under the nose of the man she fantasizes about, the same man who has wanted her for years? Little character development, never got into the story. Naughty Under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips is another story that I'm not totally enamored with having Toni kiss the man she thinks is her boss under the mistletoe (he's not actually supposed to be her boss for much longer) but it turns out to be his twin. Had much higher hopes from this book since it's three authors I adore but just did not have that much fun with it.

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