Sunday, December 14, 2014


Series:  Secret Santas Collection (2014) #3
Author:  Mary Leo
Publish Date:   11.15.14
Publisher:  Books We Love
Category /Genre:  Romance/Holidays (Christmas, magic, Santa), Short-story (under 2 hrs)
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Mary Leo (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by:  NK Author Services
Date completed: 11.16.14
Goodreads link: Romancing Rudy Raindear
Description from the publisher:
Rudy Christopher Raindear opened his eyes in the early morning gloom and glanced at the dark-haired girl asleep on the green sofa across from him.

He figured he was dreaming so he rolled over, punched down his uncooperative pillow, pulled the thin blanket up over his shoulders, closed his eyes and let out a heavy sigh. The sigh triggered the mild headache he’d been nursing for most of the night into a thunderous pounding which reverberated down his spine.

The pounding caused his stomach to pitch several times which made him bolt upright banging his about-to-explode head on the low, slanted ceiling. This in turn reminded him that he wasn’t at home in his ultra-modern apartment in New York City, but in his grandfather’s partially converted attic in North Pole, Maine, the Christmas Capital of the World.

The now dying Christmas Capital of the World. The town Rudy and his parents had happily abandoned as soon as he’d graduated from high school.

To read the whole story of Christmas Maine, be sure and download Kissing Kris Kringle by Erin Quinn and Naughty St. Nick by Calista Fox.

This is the third book in a trilogy created by the authors, Erin Quinn, Calista Fox, and Mary Leo, designed around the town of North Pole, Maine.  After a night of heavy partying, three friends each wake to find that they are on Santa’s naughty list.  In a town where Christmas is a way of life,
these three are about to find out that Christmas magic is real.

Rudy Raindear is in town on a mission.  He’s quietly buying up property for the SmartMart store that will soon be built and finish destroying the already shaky local businesses.  That is, until a white-bearded jolly old elf puts him on the Naughty List and curses him with a red nose!  When he lies, his nose begins to get redder and redder.  It doesn’t take him long to figure out that he will need to come clean with grandfather, the town, and the girl of his dreams, Jenny Bell.

I love Jenny.  She is sweet, empathetic, and holding a little secret about the man in red, too.  She may be sweet, but she’s no push-over and Rudy has to prove himself to her.   

I’ll admit this one made me cry, but in such a good way.  By the time I had finished this third short-story in the trilogy, I knew I was ready for my own Christmas magic.  Bring on the holly and hang up the stockings!!

Another author added to my T(Must)BR list.  Mary Leo even includes the recipes for Santa’s Favorite Gingerbread and Grandma’s Anise Cookies!

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Secret Santas Collection:
  1. Kissing Kris Kringle by Erin Quinn
  2. Naughty St. Nick by Calista Fox
  3. Romancing Rudy Raindear by Mary Leo
Other Books from Mary Leo:
  • The Spia Family Presses On
  • It’s In His Kiss
  • Trusting Evil
  • Falling for the Cowboy
  • Irish Kiss
  • Aiming for the Cowboy
  • Stick Shift
  • For Better or Cursed
  • A Pinch of Cool
  • Write It Up!
  • Stirring It Up
  • The Gypsy’s Valentine
  • A Touch of Twilight
  • A Shadow At Twilight
  • Christmas with the Rancher

 USA Today bestselling author Mary Leo writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and mystery. She loves to travel for research while she’s writing a book, or for that matter, even when she’s not writing a book . . . which always leads to yet another book.

Thank you [NK Author Services] for hosting this tour.

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