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The Beauty Charmed Santa: Sweet and Savory Romances, Book 4.5 (Contemporary Romance Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Jump
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Book Description

Santa's the one on the naughty list this year!

When Cole Benson agrees to play Old Saint Nick at a Boston-area mall, the former actor is desperate to regain his career. What he doesn't count on is his seeing his ex, Stephanie Taylor, working as one of the elves. The fire that once simmered between them is lit all over again, and Cole begins to wonder if maybe he can bring about a second chance this Christmas.

He doesn't realize that Stephanie is hiding a big secret, one that will put this Santa in a compromising position, and make him wonder whether he did the right thing leaving town all those years ago. Stephanie takes a chance on falling for the playboy again, even if it means waking up alone on Christmas morning. Is Santa here to stay this time? Will he become the family man Stephanie needs? Or will he hop in his sleigh as soon as the holiday is over?

*Special bonus material: Recipes written by the characters inside!*


THE SWEET AND SAVORY ROMANCE series:

Book 0.5 – The Groom Wanted Seconds
Book 1 – The Bride Wore Chocolate
Book 2 – The Devil Served Desire
Book 3 – The Angel Tasted Temptation
Book 3.5 – The Millionaire Tempted Fate
Book 4 – The Playboy Savored Seduction
Book 4.5 – The Beauty Charmed Santa
Book 5 – The Boss Courted Trouble

Author's Note: While THE BEAUTY CHARMED SANTA can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other SWEET AND SAVORY ROMANCES, too.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women's fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, and her Sweetheart Club series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN.

Visit her website at www.shirleyjump.com or read recipes and life adventures at www.eating-my-words.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 6051 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TKA Distribution (December 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AM0FWMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love,lost and found February 7, 2013
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For everyone who's ever had a romance gone wrong where they've wondered - what if? Cole Benson was a star and then he did something wrong. With his career in the dumps he's back in his home-town working as a mall Santa. And his helper is - Stephanie, his long lost girl-friend. She's hiding a big secret though. His son which she's never told him about. Can the two of them see past the egos and past mistakes to finally find the love they deserve and give one small boy his Christmas wish?

Of,course they can. Shirley Jump weaves her usual magic to create a story of love and redemption set in a small town. She'll leave you hungry for more
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4.0 out of 5 stars great story March 19, 2014
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I liked it. Cute story and a quick read. Childhood best friends become sweethearts and lovers. He gets a big chance to move to California and be in the movies. A dream of his. She is stay near home, Boston, and finish college to be a lawyer. However, he leaves and she is just weeks pregnant but doesn't tell him because she knows he would stay with her and probably learn to resent her for causing him to miss his chance.

He returns to Boston 6 years later. His career is in serious trouble due to a drunken rant about a producer's wife. He has to play the part of Santa at the mall to redeem himself. They meet again. She is still broken hearted over his leaving and he is suddenly aware that everything he wanted is right there in Boston.

This is their story of getting together, discovery, etc. I really enjoyed it. Quick read and entertaining. I recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was good..SPOILERS July 11, 2013
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It was cute but I wish that he had fought for her 6 years ago or that he would have groveled a lot more because he left her for fame. I cannot judge this story fairly because I just got off a 3 book streak where the heroes have been bragging about the women they have slept with and then they want the heroine again. So, knowing that he went of selfishly 6 years ago and left her high and dry while being "America's Playboy" does not endure him to me. At least she was not celibate the whole time. She mentions she had other lovers. The thing that gets me is how when he first comes to town, he despises it and everything in it except for one person. Then he talks to himself about how they were never meant to be or he would have wanted to stay or she would have gone with him. Then he comes to the conclusion that he wants her. I mean, make up your mind!!! You either have always wanted her but broke her heart like a jerk or you do not want her at all!!! See??? I am being unfair and emotional because women ALWAYS get the raw end of the deal in romances!!! It was good though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Jump is great as usual. June 23, 2013
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This book is absolutely delightful. Amazing would be another word to use. Shirley Jump never lets down her readers, each book is as great as the one before it. This story is definately a MUST read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Story For the Holidays or Any Time of Year March 5, 2013
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I really enjoyed this novella. I'm a fan of the whole sweet and savory series by Shirley Jump. My favorite part is the recipes and their "instructions" from the characters' point of views.

I've also found all the characters throughout this entire series to be so totally likeable you can't help but enjoy the stories. Cole and Stephanie in "The Beauty Charmed Santa" are no exception. Santa was indeed charming and Stephanie was the perfect partner for him.

The only thing I wish was different is the ending. I know it was a novella and intended to be a short read, but for me the ending (although perfectly satisfying) was too quick. One paragraph tried to tie everything up on the last page by telling us what happened instead of letting us "see" it for ourselves. I would have rather "seen" that ending described in the paragraph than to just hear that it took place, but overall, I loved the story and I'm going to read "The Millionaire Tempted Fate," another novella in this series, next. :-)
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women's fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon and Nook, and the debut of her Sweetheart Club series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN in September 2013.

Visit her website at www.shirleyjump.com or read recipes and life adventures at www.eating-my-words.com.


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