Santa, Baby

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Santa, Baby

Dressed to Thrill, Blaze #510

Hard working Caron Avery, owner of the bookstore Book Nook in San Francisco, loves the fact that she owns and operates her own book business thanks to her grandmother giving her a loan to open up the place. She is doing pretty well recently, enough so that she feels that she’ll be able to pay her grandmother back earlier than they originally planned together. With the increase in business, she’s also about to expand the whole upstairs of the store to fit women’s interests with such things as special interest books, candles and gifts. While in her office daydreaming about her upcoming thirtieth birthday, her assistant manager, Kasey, darts into Caron’s office with some wonderful news. Kasey tells her that one of their previous customers that Caron took such great care of is looking for her and wants to talk to her about the upcoming Cancer Society charity event, the old Hollywood-style Gala that will be happening a week from Saturday. Kasey tells her that the customer wants to invite Caron to be in the runway show dressed as Audrey Hepburn. Breaking out of her shell, Caron speaks with the woman and agrees to be in the show. Caron never realizes just how much things will change for her just by accepting to be a participant in the gala.

On the day of the gala, poor Caron has to rush back to her shop because of a major plumbing problem. In doing this, she has made herself two hours late for her hair and makeup appointment with the gala’s staff. Racing to the Hyatt to get ready for the event, she finds there is not parking left for her in the hotel lot. She quickly finds a hotel attendant and asks if he could find her a space since she’s extremely late. He’s not happy with her, but does it anyway. As she running into the hotel she runs directly into this handsome guy dressed for the gala. They exchange a few words and he tells her his name is Baxter Remington. She’s in such a hurry that she quickly tells him that she’s the Audrey Hepburn in the runway show and has to get ready. When she enters backstage for her hair and makeup to be done, she finds out that they have replaced her with one of the gala’s volunteers because they thought she wasn’t showing up. She’s beyond upset at this point. They tell her that the only other position that needs to be filled now is Marilyn Monroe’s. She doesn’t think she can pull off impersonating Marilyn, but it’s either do it or be totally out of the show. So she has them get her made up into Marilyn and just hopes that she won’t make a complete fool of herself in the process. Never does she realize that today is going to be the day that changes so many things in her life.

Does she pull off the Marilyn costume and does she make it through the runway show without any more issues? Does Baxter look for her after the show? How does this event change her life forever?

I found this to be a fun, sexy read that had me turning the pages quickly just to find out what happens next. Ms. Jones did a wonderful job with her storyline and in the development of her characters. I felt as if I was seeing everything unfold before me as if I was another character in her story. I was so thrilled that Caron stepped out of her safety zone to do something like the Hollywood themed gala and in the process her life was changed forever because of it. This is a story that I would recommend and I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

Book Blurb for Santa, Baby

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…er…brunette'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!

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2009 4.00