Review: Santa’s Secret by Heidi McLaughlin

December 18, 2017 Adult, Book Review 4 ★★★½

Santa's SecretSanta's Secret by Heidi McLaughlin
Published by Self-pub on December 14th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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Brr baby, it's cold outside. It's time to deck the halls and ring those bells because Christmas is in the air.

Delaney Du Luca had typical fabulous Hollywood holiday plans that included the sun, sand and the warm waters of Cancun until her B-list actor boyfriend publicly dumps her. Instead of staying home to sulk, she decides to head back to her quaint hometown in Vermont for some much-needed rest, relaxation and of course, her favorite holiday cookies.

Aiden Fisher can't seem to catch a break. Still reeling from the loss of his wife, he's become the tail end of all the town's jokes when word spreads he's done the unthinkable; pulling over the town's sweetheart, never mind the fact she was speeding. With his one-time high school girlfriend, who's now a big time actress, back in town, everyone's focused on her. Meanwhile, he's just trying to keep his fan obsessed daughter in check and not get caught up in old memories.

With Santa's sleigh packed and ready to go, the only thing missing is the mistletoe.

Is there anything better than a cute romance to read all snuggled up by the Christmas tree? Probably not. I knew instantly that Santa’s Secret was a must read this Holiday season with story about a second chance at love at Christmastime.

Delaney is a movie star who is heading home for Christmas after her boyfriend very publicly dumped her and their Holidays plans. It’s been many years since she’s been to to her small town in Vermont and the gossip mill is sent into overdrive upon her return. Aiden is a single father struggling to make ends meet after the death of his wife a couple years previous. Though Delaney and Aiden only dated briefly in high school they both can’t deny their rediscovered attraction to each other. But acting on those feelings isn’t quite so easy when their lives are so incredibly different.

I absolutely had a Hallmark Christmas movie vibe as I was reading this. There were so many sweet moments between the characters in preparation for Christmas, especially those including Aiden’s daughter Holly. Holly sort of stole the show for me. The connection between Delaney and Holly really warmed my heart, especially knowing all she has been through in losing her mother. My one issue is that I wish the romance was a little more developed by the end. I’m not sure if it was because they rarely shared a moment alone without interruption or what but I didn’t quite feel the chemistry as much as I hoped and that just brought it down slightly for me.

Overall I thought this was a sweet little romance. It’s very PG in terms of an adult romance read and it felt just like I was reading a Hallmark Christmas movie and I just know many will adore that!


About Heidi McLaughlin

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production to be a major motion picture.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

4 Responses to “Review: Santa’s Secret by Heidi McLaughlin”

  1. Nina

    Sounds super cute and as you mentioned perfect for this time of the year! I live in the Netherlands and we don’t get those Hallmark Christmas movies here. Years ago they would air one on Sunday, but nobody really watches them so now they don’t do that anymore. Which is sad, because sometimes you just need those movies! haha 🙂
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  2. Nereyda Gonzalez

    The only christmas book ive read is that lauren layne one which I loved. This sounds really cute though. Ive only read one book by this author and i hated it BUT it had a kid so…

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