The Naughty List

the naughty listKate is a mom who is almost divorced. It’s been a rough year, and her soon-to-be ex-husband has taken the children on a spontaneous cruise for Christmas, leaving Kate at home alone. She plans to bed down on the couch with her book and a glass of wine.

Santa is exhausted from a night full of delivering presents, and has forgotten that Kate’s children are not at home. When he shows up to deliver toys, he finds a beautiful woman sleeping in a negligee on the couch. He’s thinking about kissing her when she wakes up, and thinking it’s a dream, wants so much more than a kiss. . .

I noticed . . .

I couldn’t help but notice that Santa is rocking hot for Santa Claus. Apparently, his name is Nikolai, and the job of Santa Claus is passed down through their family. Everyone in the family has a Nicholas related name, and this Santa is young and muscular. If it wasn’t for the gray hair and the reindeer and sleigh, one might not even realize that he’s Santa Claus.

I also noticed that there wasn’t really much story holding this together. It’s mostly a few sex scenes, and there’s a serious over reliance on vibrators considering how short the book is. Though the scenes themselves are pretty hot, especially the first one.

It’s cutesy, and it’s Christmas related, but there’s just not a lot to it.

I wondered . . .

I wondered about the way time moves in this universe. It seems like time slows down or stops when Santa needs rest (or need to get laid) or whatever. Does Santa continue to age and does time carry on with him? Inquiring minds want to know.

Also, Santa’s sleigh, from what I can tell from the romping is more like an old-time coach or carriage.  I’m trying to picture how efficient that is for delivering presents and for reindeer. I think that scene would have been so much better if there had been an open-topped scene, just like we’re used to seeing in all the other Santa books and movies.

I also found it interesting that it seems like Nikolai has moved in with Kate at the end of the story. Can Santa live away from the North Pole? Am I overthinking it?

It reminded me of . . .

Since Santa’s a main character, I imagine that this reminds me of every single Santa movie out there. Because Santa isn’t an eternal character but is passed down in this story, it reminds me more of The Santa Clause. Of course, Scott Calvin doesn’t get to stay thin and musclebound (not that Tim Allen ever is).

At any rate, this book is cheesy and warm and a little spicy. It’s a good 30-45 minutes, so if you like romance (and don’t mind serious open-door scenes), this might be something fun to entertain yourself with next Christmas (or when you’re wishing it was Christmas).

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