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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

TBR Challenge for December

December's TBR Challenge is to read a book that takes place on or otherwise evokes winter holidays.

To participate, post a comment here or on your blog telling what you read, how it fit the challenge, what you thought of it, and how long it had been in your TBR pile.

I chose:

Santa Baby by Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster, and Carly Phillips. Contemporary romance.

Just so you know: I read this back in December--I just hadn't gotten around to writing about it yet. And yes, I'm still being brief, and not doing justice to the books, but I've got a horrible backlog.

Santa Baby is obviously an anthology. The Crusie novella is new--the Foster and Phillips ones are reprints.

  • ***** "Hot Toy" by Jennifer Crusie.

    It's Christmas Eve, and Trudy Maxwell has to find a Major MacGuffin for her nephew... which cracked me up every time I read it, because I know why it was called that. In the very last toy store, she finds last year's model and an ex-boyfriend, and ends up involved in a dangerous game of espionage. It's short, but Crusie makes it work.

    The fact that Trudy and Nolan had already started falling in love helped, as did the ending. But mostly it's the fact that, in typical Crusie fashion, she made every word count.

  • *** "Christmas Bonus" by Lori Foster.

    Meh. Maggie and Eric have both loved each other from afar for years, and now that her father has died and left the company to Maggie instead of Eric, and she's now his boss, any potential relationship appears to be doomed, until Maggie decides to take matters into her own hands.

    The unrequited love helps with the length, but I had trouble with 1) her father just died, but all she can think about is how hawt Eric is, 2) her father knew she had the hots for Eric, so he left her the company to give her a chance with him (???), and 3) she's The Best Boss Evah, but what she really wants is something else. Just too much to swallow for me.

  • ** "Naughty Under the Mistletoe" by Carly Phillips.

    Antonia has had the hots for her boss for a while, and now that she'll be moving to another office, the annual Christmas party is the perfect chance to seduce him. Except that when she starts kissing him, she discovers it's his twin brother Max. And she's even hotter for him.

    This is one of those "romances" in which hot sex = love. And to top it off, there's the dreaded trust issue and Big Misunderstanding. After a one-night stand. Shoot me now.

This really hadn't been in my TBR pile long--maybe 6 weeks, but by the time I got to it, it seemed everybody had already read it, so it qualifies. The purpose of the TBR Challenge is to keep from getting in a rut by pulling out books you normally wouldn't have read yet. Okay, so maybe it doesn't really completely qualify. I cheated. Better luck next month. Er. This month.


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Hey Darla, I like this month TBR Challenge *grin*. I was already reading Santa, Baby before you came up with this one for both here and our reading group list at yahoo :) But I will be reading more Xmas books, as you already know from my blog hehehe.

Can't wait to hear what you think for Santa, Baby!
Darla, I have finished reading this, and I'd love to hear what you've to say about this book!
Just watched Santa Baby as a tv movie...is it the same? I need to check out your blog. what a cool thing.
I read Christmas Angel by Thomas Kinkaid as part of the cape light series...Such a good series
Hey Amy - Although am not Darla - I think I saw the tv movie "Santa,Baby" you are referring to. And no, it not the same LOL....Please do check out Darla blog, it great place to come to daily :)

Darla - I see you have updates this book since you last posted it. I must have been in Christmassy mood when I read all this so..I gave it more good grade than you did -- but maybe on my next year re-read, I keep you in mind when I read it :)
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