Thursday, 1 December 2016
Seduced by Santa by Mina Carter (#4 Paranormal Protection Agency)
Series: Paranormal Protection Agency (#4)
Author: Mina Carter
From: Alphas for the Holidays
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 13th December 2012
Links: Amazon - Goodreads
Synopsis (from Goodreads): A woman determined to spread the Christmas spirit...Former socialite turned community centre worker Candice Kane loves Christmas. In the run down area she works in, economics and rising unemployment mean that there isn't a lot of Christmas spirit to go around. Determined to do something about it, for the last couple of years she's arranged a Christmas Party, complete with a visit from Santa for the neighbourhood kids. This year though, a break in and damage from vandals means the party could be cancelled...A Santa who hates Christmas...Rhod is... was a Santa. For years he joined the other men in his family delivering presents, until the attitude and ungratefulness of the rich children he delivered to made him hang up his red suit. Working for the Paranormal Protection Agency, he's convinced himself that he's happier without being the big guy anymore.When he and his partner rescue Candy from an attack in a deserted alley, all Rhod's decisions are put to the test. Can he hold out against a woman with Christmas spirit in her heart, or will he lose his own in the process?
While Seduced by Santa is the fourth book in a series, I haven't read any of the others and had no problem understanding what was going on. Therefore I assume that it is easy to be read as a standalone. The romance itself seemed contained in the one story.
I'm still not all that sure where I stand on Seduced by Santa. It isn't a book that I would have picked had I not been reading the Alphas for the Holidays anthology (partly because I don't actually do that many seasonal reads).
I did like the unique way in which the author looked at Santa. It is safe to say that I've never come across a Santa shifter before, and the author had clearly put the thought in when it came to how that worked. However, while the idea was original, there were some moments that I just found it a bit too comical.
There was good chemistry between the leads, and I liked that Candy had her own determination to follow her dreams, no matter what it took. She is basically what Christmas spirit should be about. On the other hand, Rhod was still coming to terms with what his job was, and I think that was a good conclusion to the story for him.
This was an interesting read, though maybe not quite for me!