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Secret Santo: Destiny Romance: Destiny Romance by [Caruso, Carla]
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Secret Santo: Destiny Romance: Destiny Romance Kindle Edition

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Length: 54 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Holly Plume is a bookseller by day and a romance blogger by night, dishing out scathing reviews under her pseudonym, Sultry Scarlet. When she scores an invite to the publishing event of the year, Holly couldn't be more excited. Finally a chance to meet her favourite author, the mysterious thriller writer known only as AJ Ruffo.

When Holly literally falls into the arms of the mysterious and charming Santo Randolfi, she's sure it must be AJ. After all, Santo has tousled good looks, dark curls, luscious lips . . . He's exactly what she'd imagined. But when Santo reveals he's actually the author of a romance novel Holly recently slammed on her blog, keeping her online identity a secret becomes vital.

As Holly struggles to keep Santo from learning the truth, she realizes just how much she likes him. But when he discovers who she is, will their relationship be over before it's even begun?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2498 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (2 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PTGT042
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 December 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Holly is a book blogger who works at a bookshop during the day. She's invited to a big publishing party and she can't wait to meet her favorite author there, AJ Ruffo. His thrillers are fantastic and she secretly dreams about this mysterious writer. At the party she meets Santo. He looks exactly like the AJ Ruffo from her dreams, but she can't be sure it's actually him. He tells her he's the author of the book she hated intensely and slagged off completely on her blog earlier that day. Holly really likes Santo, but will he still like her when he finds out what she wrote about the book?

Secret Santo is a sweet and romantic Christmas novella. I loved the fact that Holly is a blogger and that she's going to an event. She has a great time with Santo at the party and they immediately have a wonderful click. I really liked the flirty way they talk to each other. I especially enjoyed reading about how and where they would spend their Christmas. A party is already festive and Carla Caruso's vivid descriptions made it come to life straight away for me.

Secret Santo will definitely get you into the right Christmas mood. It has lovely main characters, it has a great setting and a merry atmosphere. Holly and Santo both have sparkling personalities and I liked their chemistry. This novella is fun and it made me cheerful. I think it's a fabulous Christmas read.
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By Renee TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 December 2014
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What a fun read. Short and sweet and kept me smiling the whole way through. At 54 pages, this Christmas themed romance would be a perfect read after lunch on Christmas day, just before your afternoon nap.

The main character, Holly, is an introverted book loving blogger, who I found quite relatable (being an introverted book loving blogger myself). Every time a new character was introduced, I smiled a bit more as they all have Christmas themed names. The book was full of tongue in cheek humour. The romance was chaste, so suitable for all ages. Some people might call it a predictable corny romance, but that's exactly what I loved about it. Perfect for a short story.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and fun 6 December 2015
By Suze Lavender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Holly is a book blogger who works at a bookshop during the day. She's invited to a big publishing party and she can't wait to meet her favorite author there, AJ Ruffo. His thrillers are fantastic and she secretly dreams about this mysterious writer. At the party she meets Santo. He looks exactly like the AJ Ruffo from her dreams, but she can't be sure it's actually him. He tells her he's the author of the book she hated intensely and slagged off completely on her blog earlier that day. Holly really likes Santo, but will he still like her when he finds out what she wrote about the book?

Secret Santo is a sweet and romantic Christmas novella. I loved the fact that Holly is a blogger and that she's going to an event. She has a great time with Santo at the party and they immediately have a wonderful click. I really liked the flirty way they talk to each other. I especially enjoyed reading about how and where they would spend their Christmas. A party is already festive and Carla Caruso's vivid descriptions made it come to life straight away for me.

Secret Santo will definitely get you into the right Christmas mood. It has lovely main characters, it has a great setting and a merry atmosphere. Holly and Santo both have sparkling personalities and I liked their chemistry. This novella is fun and it made me cheerful. I think it's a fabulous Christmas read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet holiday story 27 January 2015
By Living Life With Joy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Review originally posted on my blog LivingLifeWithJoy.com

Carla Caruso is my favorite novella author, so I was excited to read a holiday Christmas story written by her. I do admit that I read this one a few weeks ago but I think that it’s never too late (or too early!) for a fun and festive holiday story. Caruso always delivers on laughs and a little romance and this one does not disappoint.

Secret Santo is short and sweet, literally! Clocking in at 54 pages, it’s a classic Caruso work that you can read in about an hour. Carla’s writing has recently made me love novellas and this is a shinning example of why I love them. I loved that the main character Holly is a book review blogging; I can obviously relate to that! I don’t have an air of mystery in my writing because I don’t use a secret pen-name, but I love that this character does. Throughout the story, one of the main things I connected with was Holly’s notion of not wanting to write bad reviews on a book that wasn’t enjoyable because of the time and effort the author went through to write the book. It’s difficult to show tough-love but you want to be honest with your book loving community and feel it’s your duty to let them know what you did and didn’t love about a book. (In case you weren’t sure, I loved this one!)

If you love novellas, then you probably don’t need to be told how fabulous they are, but if you aren’t familiar, let this be the one that you fall in love with! There’s nothing like a quick read to make you laugh and put a smile on your face. Another great one. Cheers to you Carla!
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read 5 January 2015
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Secret Santo is a fun, sweet, seasonal read that will get you into the Christmas spirit in just a little over 50 pages.

With short stories, you can’t really expect a lot of character development or any complex plotting, and Secret Santo is no exception here. I was hoping for a less clichéd development of the story, but the final twist didn’t really surprise me.

The story offered an interesting juxtaposition of two people hiding behind fake names. Holly is a romance blogger, Sultry Scarlet, by night and works in a bookshop by day. Santo Randolfi, on the other hand, is a writer who publishes his works under a pen name. They meet at a Christmas party organized by a publisher, and while Santo openly criticizes book bloggers, Holly fears he is the author she slammed on her blog.

This conflict between them persists, even though they feel more and more attracted to each other, until Santo reveals that he’s guessed her secret. There’s a lot of Christmas slapstick humor in between, some of which felt flat to me, but a sweet ending follows once both of them reveal their true identities.

While Secret Santo is short, it’s a sweet and quick read that will get you to hum Jingle Bells and wish for Christmas miracles to happen under the mistletoe.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough 4 December 2014
By Cheri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm rating this book on what it truly is; a sweet short holiday story. Which means we aren't given a lot of time to get to know the characters or their motivations. I felt the author did a great job making the both the hero and heroine likable with the limited amount of time she had.

There was definitely a lot of "nudge-nudge, wink-wink" from the author to the reader. Here is just a sampling of names the characters in this story had: Holly, Noelle, Rudy, Merry. Really, it was a bit overkill. But I do feel she did it on purpose to make the reader laugh.

I must admit, being an American from the Midwest, it took a bit for me to get used to it being summer during Christmas. But of course that makes sense when you're in Australia! And although I've spent many Christmases in southern California when I was first married, it was still winter. Not 80 or 90 degrees. I always wondered what it would be like to have Christmas in the summer and was pleasantly surprised to read that the party Holly went to had fake snow. So they do somehow associate cold/snow with Christmas down under.

This is a new to me author and, although the story wasn't spectacular, it was good enough for me to be interested in checking out some of her other work.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute 3 December 2014
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
All of us book reviewers have had that moment...that moment when we realize we're reading a book simply not for us and a huge part of us doesn't want the drama of writing a scathing review, but an even bigger part of us is so outraged, irritated, or perturbed, we can't keep our thoughts to ourselves.

I love the story idea. Romance book reviewer and blogger writes a scathing review, goes to a Christmas party, meets a gorgeous author who will only reveal he writes under a pseudonym, and realizes the man she's lusting after is that author she just bashed on her blog. How to get around that? Talk about awkward.

I thought it would be predictable. Girls meets boy, lusts after him, has a dilemma (in this case the review/author thing), they get over it, live HEA. But while the HEA is there, the ending threw a twist at me I honestly didn't see coming. Big thumbs up for that!

The story goes a bit overboard with the Christmas stuff--names like Noelle, Merry, Holly, Santo, Rudy, but at the same time the stuff I thought a bit eye-rolling was counteracted with cute or funny bits like falling on a candy cane and just that whole bit with her boss. Her boss and her teeth/nose issue made me laugh out loud and I love a good laugh.

I didn't care for how often the heroine has to be saved. That's my biggest complaint. I hate damsels in distress. But overall, this was a cute read and got me in the holiday spirit--not an easy thing to do.

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