Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on October 13, 2015
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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.