In L. A. Kelley holiday romance THE NAUGHTY LIST, Christmas is coming and with it, the employees of Penrose Department Store expect the usual gift-buying rush. Penrose’s has a reputation for bringing good cheer to anyone who walks through the doors. This year, employee Rosalie notices the magic waning a bit. Could it be due to the new manager Penrose’s brought in? Stephanie proves she’s the quintessential bitch when she begins firing people, and sending Sneaky Shoppers in to spy on the employees (among other things).
Even the regular costumers notice the change in the atmosphere at Penrose’s. No one but Stephanie seems happy with the changes. Even bringing in a guy no one can stand: Andrew.
Rosalie is determined things must change, but as a mere manager, doesn’t know what she can do about it.
At around the same time, she spots a strange man hanging around.
Could he be a Sneaky Shopper, a stalker, or what? To add to her intrigue, she finds little encouraging notes and presents lying around for her. Maybe he’s a secret admirer? But who is he?
David, as the son of the one and only Santa Claus, in charge of the Naughty List—a book that records all of humanity’s deed. Unfortunately, in a weak moment he showed it off to a few nymphs, and after that…he lost track of it. Could it be that his father’s enemy—the Baal—stole it? Or is someone else after it?
All David knows is the last signal he received from the book came from inside Penrose’s. Searching for it, he notices Rosalie and her distress, and decides to do what he can to make her holiday a little brighter. But when they finally meet, Rosalie realizes she’s in way over her head. How could David be the son of Santa Claus. Is he pulling her leg? or simply out of his mind? Could she be falling in love with him? And how can they find the Naughty List before Andrew uses it for whatever his nefarious ends are?
As dark as THE NAUGHTY LIST might sound, it’s actually very funny. It’s also an original and refreshing take on the glut of Christmas romances out there. Ms. Kelley has twisted up several different mythologies here and that only adds flavor to THE NAUGHTY LIST.
If you’re looking for a little something different, a unique and charming paranormal romance, I think you will enjoy L. A. Kelley’s THE NAUGHTY LIST. If you’d like to try it, it’s available in ebook and paperback at Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, Barnes and Noble, The Wild Rose Press, and other ebook sellers.
(My review copy purchased at Amazon.)