“Hot Toy” by Jennifer Crusie
Series: None–part of an anthology
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Setting: United States
Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2006
Synopsis: 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:
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. . .
Above her, Madonna cooed “Santa Baby,” the ancient store speakers making the carol to sex and greed sound a little tinny. Whatever had happened to “The Little Drummer Boy”? That had been annoying, too, but in a traditional way, like fruitcake. She’d be happy to hear a “rum-pa-pum-pum” again, anything that didn’t make Christmas sound like it was about getting stuff.
- Not my favorite story by Jennifer Crusie. Too short for both a romance and a suspense plot.
- This has the trademark Jennifer Crusie humor. I always like her humor.
- The romance in the story isn’t my favorite, but I still like it.
- Trudy meets Nolan a college professor she dated, in a toy store, on Christmas Eve where she’s looking for the popular toy of the year for her nephew. Of course, the toy sold out months ago.
- Trudy is irritated Nolan never called again after their last date. However, it turns out Nolan is looking for the same toy as he’s a collector. Then a former research assistant of her professor father shows up and they all go on a wild goose chase to try to find the toy.
- The suspense part of the story seems very unrealistic and just didn’t work for me. I wish there had just been a sweet romance especially with such a short story.
- Trudy’s sister doesn’t have the right toy for her son so Trudy has to go out and fight the crowds on Christmas Eve to try to find the “it” toy of the year?? And when she can’t find it the sister insists she keep looking??? I don’t think so.
- I bought the paperback when it came out, but hadn’t read it. Now I’ve read Jennifer Crusie’s short story, but not the other two.
- A new edition of just Ms. Crusie’s short story was published in October.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
- Jenny Crusie is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of twenty novels, one book of literary criticism, miscellaneous articles, essays, and short stories, and the editor of two anthologies for BenBella Press. She lives in a small cottage on a small lake in New Jersey, surrounded by deer, bears, and dachshunds, where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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