Hot Mall Santa (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Hot Mall Santa
Author: A.J. Truman
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 4, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Christmas
Page Count: 131
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

You better watch out. You better not cry. Hot Mall Santa is coming to town!

Instead of round and jolly, this year’s mall Santa is chiseled and smoldering. The second he strolls into Oakville Mall wearing sunglasses, stubble, and his Santa hat cocked to the side, Santa gets all the tongues wagging—especially Tom Webster’s. A lowly retail associate at The Décor Store, Tom spends his time chasing a promotion and boss that are both out of reach. His fantasies about being a ho-ho-ho for Santa soon cross into reality after an unexpected night together. While the rest of the town obsesses over Hot Mall Santa, Tom gets to know the sweet, nerdy history buff under the suit and six-pack abs. But to win Santa’s heart, he must fight off the lusty moms, adoring fans, and his own fear of rejection.

Hot Mall Santa is a fun and sexy novella at 32,000 words filled with nutty Christmas shoppers, a grown man wearing reindeer antlers, and too many holiday puns.

This had its moments, but overall the funny just felt awkward.

Tom has been working as a retail associate at the Décor Store for the last couple of years. He’s trying to become assistant manager, but his hot boss (who has a boyfriend) keeps telling him he needs to prove himself just a little bit more.

When the mall hires a new Santa everyone is talking about him. Tom can’t figure out what’s so special about this guy, until he sees him. That is one hot mall Santa.

When the two accidentally meet during lunch in a secret hidden office, they become friends. Tom learns that Hot Mall Santa is actuallt named Randall, and that he is kind and sweet. Randall also appears to hate all the attention he is getting and is not happy with all the hot moms wanting on his lap.

When Randall starts flirting with Tom, Tom cannot believe that Santa is actually gay! And interested in someone like him. But he goes along with it. It’s just sex he tells himself. Until it’s not…

I can do cheesy puns, but here they fell totally flat for me. I think it was because the MCs didn’t find it all that funny themselves. It was all delivered so seriously that I cringed instead of laughed. If you’re going to do OTT, go all the way imo.

I also had a very hard time respecting Tom when he was already seeing Randall, but still crushing on his boss, who was an asshole.

Still, this wasn’t a bad book per se. I did like the holiday feel, but I won’t be rereading it any time soon.

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