Montana Secret Santa
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Ad exec Krista Martin, while feeling more Grinch than elf, still jumps at the chance to co-chair Marietta’s Secret Santa Society. Why not? Especially since brilliant, attractive, and innovative tech wunderkind Jonah Andrews has agreed to help. He's well connected and Krista's hoping for some advice on rebooting her career.
Jonah knows Krista has a not-so-hidden agenda, but sparring with her over cocoa at their Secret Santa meetings is the most fun he’s had since returning to his old hometown. Krista may come across as all business, but Jonah’s positive he’s glimpsed a little girl inside her who wants to believe in Santa... and in love.
I loved this third entry in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series, Montana Secret Santa by Debra Salonen. We have former boy genius Jonah Anderson and Marietta somewhat newcomer go-getter Krista Martin being volunteered to co-chair the Montana Secret Santa group. The Montana Secret Santa group meets daily at Sage’s chocolate shop as they figure out which of families in need of Christmas cheer they can assist. The group was in need of new volunteers to help take this group into the future. This is where Jonah and Krista come in. This is where Jonah and Krista come in. As they work together they discover the chemistry that exists between them but have to work through their own insecurities before they can move forward.
This was a fun, wonderful and entertaining story with very loveable and authentic characters you want to cheer on, hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written with complex characteristics. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I recommend this book to other readers.
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From Cynic & Skeptic to Selfless Santas! 4.2
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Water-color effect illustrated cover. Charming and Whimsical. Fun synopsis.
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What happens when you mix a cynical scientist with a skeptical scrooge and add a dash of chocolate and a sprinkle of Christmas magic? You end up with a delightfully enjoyable romance.
While both Jonah and Krista were both leery of love for different reasons, they could not help but feel it from the moment they first ran into each other, quite literally. Their chemistry was good and the relationship developed at a steady and natural, if not a little quick, pace. The secondary characters were fun and supportive, although I felt that - if given any more page space - Daniel would have tried to become a scene stealer. The dialogue and their interactions were believable. The plot was enjoyable and the writing style was very smooth. There were a few minor surprises, but little to no predictability. There were some conflicts, but they were all self-imposed and needed to be worked out maturely and intelligently between the leads over time, which they did. The conclusion left us with an implied HEA or "Happy for Now" ending, most likely to be touched on later in the series again by Ms. Salonen or, possibly, one of the other authors writing this series.
Overall, this was a rather enjoyable story, and although it is part of the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, it is my opinion that the reader would benefit from starting at the beginning to gain more knowledge of some of the key secondary characters.
Rating: [PG-13] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4
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This is a delightful little story of two people who get roped into helping out a secret Santa project in the magical town of Marietta. Krista's not too happy until she learns that the dog walking guy she just met is Jonah Andrews, wildly successful entrepreneur. Hoping he can give her some tidbits of advice to help get her business going again. Jonah knows what Krista really wants from him but he's certain he's seen glimpses of a sweet woman who secretly dreams of a life with love and family. He plans on getting to know that woman real well!
A recommended read!