Thursday, November 20, 2014

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Kissing Santa by Kylie Gilmore

Series: Clover Park #4
Genre: Contemporary
Format: provided by author
Page Count: 131 pages
Publisher: Extra Fancy Books (October 3, 2014)

Samantha Dixon is about to confess her most secret, romantic Christmas wish to Santa. Heck, what’s she got to lose with her disastrous romantic history? Like that player from her horrible blind date last week arranged by her mother. Only guess who’s Santa?

Rico del Toro loves women. So one bad date with the beautiful Samantha in a string of many, ahem, successful evenings is no big deal. But when a friendly favor playing Santa unexpectedly lands Samantha on his lap for a romantic confessional, he’s intrigued. He’s never heard a woman open her heart like that before.

But if this Santa wants a second chance, he’ll have to rethink his womanizing ways and convince her that he is the perfect package.

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Kissing Santa is a novella that follows Samantha Dixon, a single girl in her thirties who is badgered by her mother into accepting a date with one Rico del Toro, smarmy playboy extraordinaire.

I have to admit that at first I wasn't terribly impressed by this story. I couldn't figure out why both hero and heroine allowed their parents to force them into going on a blind date, and their initial assumptions about each other were really unkind. But then while on their date Samantha calls out Rico on his playboy ways, and Rico is flabbergasted that a girl doesn't fall for his Flynn Rider-esque "smoulder." That date was mildly entertaining.

Then Rico decides he needs to win Samantha over, and sets out to watch every movie and read every romance novel that can assist him. The results are hilariously awful. The scene where Samantha catches him actually quoting from one of her favorite romance novels had me laughing out loud.
So why only three hearts? Because for me, this book stretched my believability past its breaking point. I did not believe in the whole "confession to Santa" scene, nor did I find Rico's being wrangled into playing Santa plausible. While I enjoy a good coincidence romance as much as the next, in places this novella fell short for me.

All of those caveats thus detailed, I enjoyed much of the story and would say that if you like funny Christmas romance novellas, you might want to give this one a try.

Favorite Quote:
Omigod. She went hot and cold all over. Rico was still pulling fake moves. Only how it was from books instead of movies.

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