Monday, November 2, 2009

Review: Santa, Baby by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Santa, Baby
Series: Dressed to Thrill
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426844417
ISBN-13: 9781426844416

When bookstore owner Caron Avery dresses up as Marilyn Monroe for a charity ball, she decides that for once in her life she'll let her inhibitions go. Before she knows it Caron is living a night of fantasy with sexy millionaire Baxter Remington in hot pursuit.

And what a night it is. Sizzling, red-hot and sensual, Baxter can't believe he's fallen under the adorable blonde''s spell. But with the scandal going on in his life, he knows he should let her go before she gets caught up in it, too. Then again—maybe one more night (or eight!) of mind-blowing passion will help them both forget!

My rating:

A pretty solid finale for this four-book miniseries, just not as good as it could've been. And the pacing had much to do with that little hiccup.

Shy, "sincere and pure" bookstore owner Caron agrees to play Audrey Hepburn at a charity ball, but thanks to a toilet malfunction at her store ends up two hours late and without a costume. Lucky for her, another woman is unable to perform and Caron find herself strutting the stage as Marilyn Monroe and catching the eye of millionaire and playboy Baxter Remington.

Their attraction was explosive, the sexy scenes scorching hot (yep, it was a Blaze alright), and they were pretty well-developed and nicely-rounded characters (without, gasp, emotional baggage). Yet the embezzlement-ploy (or something like that) in his company—he had nothing to do with it besides believing in his VP—and the subplot of a female FBI agent with a huge chip on her shoulder determined to find some dirt on Baxter and her apparent female-hating partner (there was so much tension between them it could've been cut with a knife) kept intruding on the sexual buzz the main story provided, and severely messed with the pacing.

3 ½ stars


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