Santa, Baby: Hot Toy/ Christmas Bonus/ Naughty under the Mistletoe

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Red-hot kisses. Secret wishes. A gift too scandalous to share. . .

Get ready for a holiday season you'll never forget with three of today's most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You'll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:

JENNIFER CRUSIE

Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a...

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Overview

Red-hot kisses. Secret wishes. A gift too scandalous to share. . .

Get ready for a holiday season you'll never forget with three of today's most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You'll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:

JENNIFER CRUSIE

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—in the arms of a sexy secret agent. . .

LORI FOSTER

Two dedicated coworkers with a lot of secrets (and fantasies!) between them must plan a Christmas party side by side—and discover a love worth celebrating—in this steamy office romance.

CARLY PHILLIPS

A "mistletoe moment" begins when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead—after giving him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more. . .

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312939762
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.71 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer  Crusie
Jennifer Crusie
The Rita-award-winning author of romantic romps that drive her fans wild, Jennifer Crusie is known for her witty, offbeat writing style that puts a sassy spin on the romance genre.

Biography

Don't expect to see Fabio's flowing mane on the cover of any of Jennifer Crusie's romance novels. She completely eschews the tradition of overwrought melodrama and heaving bosoms to toss a comic gauntlet into the romantic arena. Her fun, funny, and frisky books are a refreshing breeze in a genre that could easily grow stale.

Former schoolteacher Jennifer Smith got her Master's degree in Professional Writing and Women's Literature at Wright State University. She wrote her thesis on women's roles in mystery fiction before trying her hand at penning romance novels using her grandmother's family name Crusie. Despite her impressive credentials, she dismisses her debut novel Sizzle as "lousy" even as her fans clamber to gets their hands on this long out-of-print pulp romance. "That damn book is following me around the way early porn films follow actresses," so says Crusie one her web site of Sizzle.

No matter what the author thinks of her first effort, the astounding string of critically lauded bestsellers that followed it have firmly established Crusie as one of the very best writers of contemporary romantic fiction. Much of this is due to her sharp wit and ear for comedic dialogue, humor being an element often sorely missing in romance novels. From the sly private dick tale What the Lady Wants to the frantic Faking It, Crusie's books contain the perfect balance of suspense, snickers, and steamy love scenes.

What's more, the author has raked up a slew of awards, as well as spots on "best romance novels of the year" for Anyone But You, Temptation, Fast Women, and Faking It. Getting Rid of Bradley scored Crusie a RWA Rita award for Best Short Contemporary Fiction, and in 1996, she received a career achievement award for her work in the romantic comedy genre from Romantic Times magazine.

Now, after 13 crowd pleasers and award winners, Crusie is offering up her first-ever collaboration. She teamed up with hard-boiled action writer Bob Mayer (Operation Dragon-Sim) to conjure up Don't Look Down, a wacky escapade that is equal parts comedy, adventure, and playful erotica.

In Don't Look Down, movie director Lucy Armstrong goes toe-to-toe and heart-to-heart with J.T. Wilder, a green beret who serves as an advisor on a movie that is taking an unexpected turn from romantic comedy to blow-‘em-up action flick. Publisher's Weekly has declared the joint-effort "good fun," and Crusie reveals on her website that more fun with Mayer is on the way. The team is currently working on their second novel together Agnes and the Hitman.

As for future solo ventures by Crusie, there's plenty more in store. She not only has another release slotted for 2006 -- a sexy yuletide novella titled Hot Toy, which will appear in St. Martin's Press' Santa Baby anthology -- but she currently has no less than five additional projects on the burner. Among these upcoming releases are a collection of short stories and a book that Crusie is particularly qualified to create: a guide to writing women's fiction.

Good To Know

Crusie and Bob Mayer are making things a little easier for guys who want to check out their new collaborative novel Don't Look Down. All you have to do is remove the cutesy dust jacket to reveal a tough-as-nails camouflage cover design and voila! No one will ever know you're enjoying a romantic comedy.

Crusie is the proud owner of three dogs, one of which is named Lucy. Oddly, the main character of Don't look Down is also named Lucy -- and happens to be a director of dog food commercials. Coincidence?

Crusie has a few nonfiction works to her credit, including introductions in Totally Charmed, a collection of essays about Alyssa Milano's cult TV series, and Anne Rice: A Critical Companion, which the author wrote under her given name of Jennifer Smith.

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    1. Hometown:
      Ohio
    1. Date of Birth:
      1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1973; M.A., Wright State University; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1986

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    Hot Toy- by Jennifer Crusie was a bit far fetched for my taste. The plot was a bit silly, but I did enjoy the budding romance between Trudy and Nolan. I would give this story 3/5 stars.

    Christmas Bonus- by Lori Foster was my favrotie of the three. The plot was believable, and the romance was suprt sexy. I would give this story 5/5 stars. I also plan on reading more of Foster's novels.

    Naughty Under the Mistletoe- by Carly Philips was another good read. The plot was quick, and the characters were lovable. I also plan on reading more novels by Philips. I would give this story 4/5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Loved It!

    Santa Baby is definetely a great holiday read. All 3 stories were good in their own ways. I did think sotries #2 and 3 were better than #1. But, All three ladies know how to right a good Christmas romance. I would reccomend it for anyone looking for a fun holiday read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    Better than Jennifer Crusie's

    I like the second part and third parts. I didn't care for Jennifer's story. It was too boring for me. It needed more chili powder in her's. Although, I loved Lori Foster's and Carly Phillips's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    really good....

    i loved this book for the most part! i mean i loved the first story..... it was adorable even if it was really......... far fetched! but thats what made it so much fun!!!! haha=)even if the middle story turned me off from the beginning..... i mean i didnt like the fact he was 10 years older!!!! kinda wierd.... if u ask me especially when he said he could 'hide his erection most of the time when she was around'!!!!! ok pretty creepy espically when hes in his 30's and shes in her early 20's just right out of college!!!!!!!!!! nasty... turned me off so i didnt read it.... BUT THE LAST BOOK!!=) love it love it love it!!!! so cute and sweet.... just like a naughty chirstmas )haha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    Have a hot Christmas

    Hot Toy* by Jennifer Cruise...Trudy Maxwell..all she wants is a Major McGuffin, The Tough One Two that shoots out toxic waste for her nephew...should that be so hard?? Well apparently that is JUST the beginning. She meets up with Nolan Mitchell, the man who dated and dumped her, in the toy isle. She is angry and STILL looking for that stupid toy, where can it be? While Nolan decides to strike up a conversation! Needless to say Trudy wants nothing to do with the man who broke her heart...but does he listen? Noooo. Then all breaks loose. Spys, a depressed sister and a pushy ex apprentice of her father's. You would think things couldn't get worse..well your wrong! Excellent book! Had me laughing, crying and cheering Trudy on..You go Girl!! *Christmas Bonus by Lori Foster...Eric Bragg has been in love with Maggie Carmichael for four years, waiting for her to grow up enough to be able to return his feelings. He works for her father and everyone, even Maggie assumes that Eric will take over the running of the company, even Maggie. Her father however decides to help by leaving the company to Maggie, thinking that this will get the two of them together, when in fact it pushes Eric away. He does NOT want Maggie thinking he is after the company thru her. It takes having to put together a Christmas party for the company for them to finally get their feelings sorted out and admit to each other that they love one another! Then when they reveal it at the party, all the employees instead of being shocked, tell of the the bet they had going to see how long it took before they finally admitted what everyone else already knew. Loved this book, love the characters and their flaws. A truly great read! *Naughty Under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips...Antonia Larson has decided that she will seduce her boss at the company Christmas party and then after the christmas break, move onto her new job heart whole and unencombered. Welllll that is what she planned, what she got was her bosses brother and boy! what a hunk he is! So much different than his brother and what a kisser! Nearly melts her elf costume! Will not reveal anymore..you need to get this book. You will thoroughly enjoy all three stories. The authors have made a truly great gift for Christmas to all of us with these stories! There is so much going on in this book. You will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Hot, Sizzling Holiday Read

    Santa Baby is an anthology of holiday novellas featuring, Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster and Carly Phillips, two familiar authors for me and an author who is new for me.*******HOT TOY by Jennifer Cruise is the story of Trudy Maxwell, who is out on Christmas Eve trying to find a Major MacGuffin, the Tough One Two, the latest toy craze, for her five year old nephew. Not only is she out of luck on finding the toy but when she runs into Nolan Mitchell, a professor of Chinese literature, who she had dated a three times, Trudy knew her night had just turned gotten worse. She had thought he was the one, he had never called again. Nolan apologizes for his behaviour, but she is having none of it. When she finds a Major MacGuffin from a previous year she has no idea that this particular version is about to throw her into a world of spies and espionage involving Nolan, secret codes and the toy she is now in possession of. Watching this couple's relationship blossom through it all, is an entertaining read. This story has everything a reader could want, suspense, love, and in places humour. Jennifer is a new author for me, but one I will be reading in the future.******CHRISTMAS BONUS by Lori Foster, although a reprint is a novella I hadn't had the pleasure to read, and this story is a pleasure. Maggie Carmichael, had gone from college to President of Carmichael Athletic Supplies after her father's death. This put Eric Bragg who had been a friend and her father's right-hand man in a very difficult position as he was now her employee. Eric had always had hot feelings toward Maggie, but had bid his time waiting for her to grow up because of a ten year age difference although now it looked like his was going to be a statistic of unrequited love due to unforeseen complications. Unknown to him, Maggie had always had a crush on him and intended to do everything in her power to get Eric to notice her as a woman, not as a boss, now that they must work together to plan a Christmas party for the staff. Secrets are about to be uncovered, desires acted upon and readers are in for a sensual, hot read. Lori has again given her readers a terrific read that will sizzle the pages.******NAUGHTY UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Carly Phillips is also a reprint and the third novella, again not one I had read before but enjoyed. Antonia Larson, a lawyer had now been named senior associate in the new offices of Corbin and Sons. Since she was going to be in a different office now, she felt she could finally act on her plan of seducing her boss and not have to worry about work and office protocol. Maxwell Corbin, an PI, was at the annual Christmas party as an obligation to his father and dreading every minute of it. When he gets a scorcher of a kiss from one elf, his world is turned upside down. Toni realizes at once she has just kissed the twin brother to Stephan Corbin, her colleague and friend under the mistletoe rocking her world. This is one sizzling read as Max and Toni act upon their desires to discover one another. Only Max wants more than a one night stand, but there are obstacles still to be overcome and he only hopes that he can pull it all off to their mutual satisfaction. This is one delightful hot read, and Carly delivers in her usual style.******Santa Baby is a great read, for all readers and proves that Christmas is a magical time of year and really is the season of miracles. I recommend this novella for a super read by three great authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Perfect for the Holidays

    This would make a nice gift for that booklover on your list. The stories are fun and light. Lori Fosters is the best.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    ¿Hot Toy¿ by Jennifer Crusie. On Christmas Eve, Trudy Maxwell seeks a Major MacGuffin figure for her five years old nephew, but none are in stock when Chinese Literature Professor Nolan Mitchell arrives at the toy store looking for the same item. He apologizes for not calling her after their three great dates. When she finds the toy, everyone is stunned with this magic miracle. However, she finds herself in trouble as that is a hot toy with an enigmatic past and future involving espionage and the sexy professor she adores. --- ¿Christmas Bonus¿ by Lori Foster. Eric Bragg has loved Maggie Carmichael for several years, but he hid his feelings waiting for her to graduate college first he was not prepared for her father to name her as president of Carmichael Athletic Supplies, which makes her his boss so he still hides how much he wants her. She secretly loves him too. This Christmas perhaps with the help of a loyal matchmaking staff love will blossom under the office mistletoe. --- ¿Naughty Under the Mistletoe¿ by Carly Phillips. This Christmas associate attorney Antonia ¿Toni¿ Larson plans to seduce her boss whom she has been attracted to for quite awhile. Maxwell Corbin reluctantly attends the party tossed by his family, the partners at Corbin and Sons though he thinks the name should be Corbin and Complaint son since only his twin stayed with the firm and he is a suburban private investigator. Toni thinks Max is Stephen when she kisses him under the mistletoe burning both from their head to their toes. --- Though the weather outside is frightfully wintry, these three Yuletide romances will heat readers even Scrooges and Grinches with delightful contemporary romances starring likable protagonists. --- Harriet Klausner

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