HOT TOY by Jennifer Cruisie: It’s the Thought that Counts

by Jennifer Cruisie
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks, St. Martin's Press Source: Publisher



HOT TOY COVERby Jennifer Cruisie
St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Paperbacks
October 2015 | e-Book

Ebook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


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…


My Take Oblong

You know when someone send you a present and the wrapping is fabulous, and your friend is rich so it’s liable to be something fabulous?  Yeah, well, this was offered as a gift from St. Martins to bloggers on Net Galley and it seems like something that’s been regifted.  Wait, it was regifted.  Honestly, I was simply disappointed to finded a dated, and “used” story in my Net Galley stocking.

Now, while we may say fiction is timeless, if you mention dates in it, it is no longer thus. The book takes place during the Christmas of 2006, and at the time I guess hot toys, popular toys that had gone retail viral were the rage.  Since I haven’t heard about unbuyable toys since around that time, I feel like this dates the story.

The characters are probably really deeply imagined, but due to the whole short story thing are very shallowly sketched.  And the Christmas Toy come international intrigue plot, with violence, was different but a bit over the top and hard to follow.

Surprisingly, the way I feel about the story sort of echoes one of the character’s feelings in the story.

But, it’s the thought that counts, right? But, at $3.99 for a very short book I would want more.

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