Published: St Martin's Press
Date: 13th October 2015
Pages: 77 - Novella.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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 and in the arms of a sexy secret agent...
A really cute, funny, spoof like novella for the Christmas season. Even though it is one that is previously published in an Anthology - Santa Baby, I had never read it, and of course when I saw that it was by Jennifer Crusie, totally irresistible.
Trudy Maxwell is doing some late night Christmas Eve shopping for her nephew so that he can have Santa bring him what his heart craves for. Trudy is determined not to let him down. However the shops are all sold out of the action figure Major MacGuffin who shoots vile stuff out of his mouth. Not giving in, remembering disappointments in her own youth, Trudy is persistent and eventually unearths last years version of MacGuffin.
However, close by is Nolan, she went out with him a few times, thought he might be The One, but then she never heard from him again. She is not that happy about that. Turns out he wants a MacGuffin too, and offers her a ridiculous amount for it. As does a lady in the cue and as does Reese, a younger guy who worked for her father for a while.
From there the story takes off. Who is the good guy? Well... I thought I knew... then a little confusion and a lot of action. Trudy is sure of one thing - she is hanging onto her MacGuffin, come what may and whatever it takes.
It's short, but it's a load of action and fun.