Hot Toy by Jennifer Cruise #AfternoonDelight #Review

Posted October 13, 2015 by Shari in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

Tags: , ,

Hot Toy by Jennifer Cruise #AfternoonDelight #Review
Hot Toy

One StarOne StarHalf a Star

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on October 13, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
add to goodreads

Let start off by saying this book is $3.99 for pre-order and it is extremely short! I was in luck to get an advanced copy, but I would never pay this much for how short this story actually is, so you have been warned.

Did I mention how short it is? Well, this is a story about a Trudy Maxwell shopping on Christmas Eve for the very rare action figure, Major MacGuffin with toxic waste for her nephew. Now Trudy’s nephew and sister are alone this Christmas since the man of the house ran away with the nanny. The one thing Trudy truly wants is to make her nephew’s Christmas the best memory ever, but she only found out that he wants the toy. At the last toy store to check, she runs into a man who she dated a few times and he never called back. Yeah, she’s not in the greatest of moods and doesn’t suffer idiots well.

Nolan Mitchell, the ex-whatever, tries really hard to apologize and explain why he never called, but Trudy’s not buying that. He wants the doll too and shadows Trudy as she transverses the store taking down whole displays in the hopes that a Major MacGuffin got misplaced.

Throw in Reese, an ex-student aid to her professor father. Trudy helped Reese find a text (Trudy’s a librarian, but we find that out later) that Trudy’s father needed. He’s young and tries to come onto her with Nolan standing by. Reese comes across sleezy and young so I never put much stock in him.

Well, one of the guys is a Chinese double agent and the other is a cop of some sort. Trudy does find a Major MacGuffin, but it is last years model. Lured away from the toy store in the hopes of finding what her nephew wants, she gets thrown into a suspense filled situation.

Now there is some heavy kissing at one part, but other than that, the smut is left out of the book. The romance is tepid at best. Just no sparks flying even though she gets to kiss both guys. Her sister is on the phone with them a lot and the sister is hitting the gin bottle a little too hard. It comes out funny, but not for the right reasons.

All around I found it irritating and not romantic, interesting or feeling heartbroken by what has happened. I just wanted it over because it wasn’t going anywhere anyway.

So for a Christmas story romance…I would find a different story. There is just no character development, steam or romance that interested me.


0 0 votes
Article Rating
The following two tabs change content below.
Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
6 years ago

Yeah, maybe not

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

It was just too silly and unbelievable.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Yikes! Bummer. The last toy with a romantic encounter sounded promising, too.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It was promising, but it ended up being silly all around and not much romance.

6 years ago

What a cute cover! That’s a shame it didn’t turn out well, it sounded promising indeed with the last action figure and the romantic encounter. I can’t believe how much authors sometimes charge for such short lenght books. I don’t mind paying for them, but usually 0.99 or 1.99 is the most I pay for a short story, unless I know the author and really want the book. I am sorry this one didn’t keep your interest. I hope your next book is better!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I really wished it had been longer and less silly. Glad I didn’t pay for it.

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

Such a cute author to read, she is pretty light but sometimes that can be refreshing, since not too many romance authors do that. Sorry to hear it didn’t pan out for you though. That can happen when its a novella though. Hope your next book is much better.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
6 years ago

It was really to short to make this good. Maybe if there hadn’t been so much suspense that was too silly rather than romance, then I might have liked it.

6 years ago

What a disappointment. I am glad you reviewed it.

Stephanie Faris
6 years ago

Jennifer Crusie is writing a book for my publisher–Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. It’s a middle grade book. SO exciting! I used to read her books when I was an aspiring romance novelist–she’s been writing since the 90s. Very impressive career!