Thursday, December 21, 2017

Book Review for Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington

Readers looking for a bit of afternoon delight will get just that with this friends-to-lovers romance set amidst the joy and charm of the holidays.  Readers will have a smile on their face as they watch a woman who loves Christmas find out who her heart really belongs with in this quick yet satisfying novella.  So keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf while it’s free!

Tessa Stoneman hasn’t been able to get long-time friend and business partner Nicholas Boone out of her head since they shared a single kiss in college. Even when she dated Nicholas’s best friend. Now that she’s giving up her position at GameNerdz to strike out on her own—and now that she’s single—maybe it’s the right time to see if there’s still something between them.
Nicholas knows once Tessa leaves the company she helped found, they might drift apart. Before she starts her own company in the new year, he wants to woo the woman he fell in love with during college. So he poses as her Secret Santa, gifts her with items from the song “Santa Baby,” and plans a big reveal at the company holiday party. But when his best friend wants to rekindle his romance with Tessa, will Nicholas lose his last chance?



It’s a charming read from the first page to the last as friends become lovers in this sweet yet sexy read.  Amidst a heartwarming backdrop of the holidays readers will find themselves rooting for these two people as they finally go after what their hearts have desired for years in an ending that is a truly happy one.

Tessa has known Nick and Damien since college and has a close connection to both as she once dated Damien and is now desperately wanting to claim Nick. Fears over losing her friendship with Nick has always held her back though as has Nick’s honor regarding the bro-code in his desire to claim her.  With time running out though, as she’s soon leaving the company they all work for, feelings come to the forefront as desperation and what-ifs have both of them finally putting their hearts on the line.  Tessa and Nick are immensely appealing, close-knit as friends with a crackling connection that’s meant to be more.  They know each other’s hopes and dreams and are clearly on the same page when it comes to what defines HEA which is why I was rooting for them every step of the way.  Damien’s role here is nothing more than a distraction.  He’s a man who only wants what he can’t have and I wish he hadn’t gotten in the way as more time could’ve been devoted to Tessa and Nick.  He was a little boy trying to play the game of love, but he’s not even close to the level of Nick whose actions in winning over Tessa gave me all sorts of warm fuzzies.  For once, Nick chose his wants over being a gentleman and it made for a sensual romance with a cheer-inducing conclusion.

Overall this was a quick read, lacking a bit in substance, but still entertaining.  It was a carefree read with a likable main couple whose sensual dance around each other kept me turning the pages with anticipation.  It’s an ideal way to relax during this busy holiday season as it gives readers a bit of afternoon delight and a HEA that warms the heart while making you blush.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


A USA Today bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she's not writing she's collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Chris Evans. Don't send chocolate . . . send eye candy! Robin's books have won the Golden Leaf Award and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Awards. She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies.


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