Welcome to my review of Hot Toy, a short holiday story from Jennifer Crusie.
Christmas comes with madness, mayhem and occasionally that ‘perfect’ present that is on the must get list. The first time I’ve encountered Jennifer Crusie’s titles, this was a re-release as a singular story from an anthology.
Trudy is last-minute shopping for that one ‘must have’ toy when she runs into her ex, Nolan. Some cute banter is the highlight here between them, and then the story starts to get a bit unfocused and strange.
Mistaken identities, moments that don’t quite make sense and a question about just where the plot is heading that is never quite answered become hallmarks for this short read. Moments that needed exploration were briefly brushed over, characters never quite developed a solidity or voice that made them distinguishable. The conclusion was fairly obvious early on, even with the middle confusing bits, and the story as a whole remained contained within the brief span of the plot.
An acceptable if not memorable or particularly engaging read, I expect fans of this author will appreciate the style and stylings more than I did. I’m thinking I will give one of the full-length titles from this author a try to see if the hints I saw of better characterization, plotting and humor stand up to a lengthier work.
Title: Hot Toy
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 13 October, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Previously published in the anthology Santa, Baby, HOT TOY is now available as a standalone e-story for the first time!
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 copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.