Tessa is about to leave the company where she works with her longtime crush Nicholas, and her ex-boyfriend (who happens to be Nicholas’ best friend) to start her own freelance graphic design business. With their time working together seemingly running out, Tessa has no idea that Nicholas feels the same way and has actually arranged to be her Secret Santa. In an elaborately extravagant display of affection, Tessa’s Secret Santa gifts her with the items from the song “Santa Baby”. Nicholas’ plan is going smoothly until his best friend confides in him that he wants to rekindle things with Tessa.
Secret Santa Baby is a quick, fun holiday read. Told in alternating points of view, the story was able to keep progressing nicely without it becoming bland. Also, because it’s an e-novella, there isn’t much time to really delve into too much backstory but Covington does a nice job with sharing enough history between these characters to have the current main story make sense. Understanding the shorter format however, I did find the ending a bit conveniently & quickly wrapped up. I felt it to be a cheesy finale to an otherwise believable courtship but perhaps that theme or style is customary for romance novels.
I had picked this e-book up on a whim when I saw it mentioned on Twitter and while I don’t often read a lot of romance novels, I couldn’t resist the clever premise (and that cover!). I’m glad I decided to give a book that’s out of my usual comfort zone a chance, because Secret Santa Baby is definitely an entertaining one-sitting read!