The Babe from Toyland
by Daphne Chase
Publisher: Pretty Shrimp Press
Release Date: November 16, 2021
Reviewed by PJ
Five days before Christmas, with the biggest deal of his career on the line, the last thing Logan Fenton wants is to play happy effing family. His plans for a silent night implode when his ex-wife drops off their children for a surprise visit. He’ll move heaven and earth NOT to be the dad who ruins Christmas, but has no clue where to start. A trip to his neighborhood toy store provides the answers to his prayers, but the only package he wants to unwrap is Paige Piper, the plus-sized angel behind the counter, whose curves were meant for sin.
Being a special-ed teacher and part-time shop girl have given Paige Piper a very particular set of skills, but not enough money to pay off her student loans any time before retirement. When grinchy DILF Logan Fenton waltzes through Toyland’s doors and offers her a boatload of cash to be his nanny for the holidays, she had to agree. He might be a dad she’d like to F…but a Scrooge who outsources Christmas is on the naughty list, for sure.
Christmas with kids in New York City should be a holly jolly journey through a winter wonderland. But once the children are nestled all snug in their beds, Logan and Paige can’t ignore the steamy heat between them, or how it begins to melt their icy hearts. Tis the season to be horny, but a relationship is on neither of their wish lists this year, even if love could be the miracle that leaves them questioning…
If explicit sex, graphic language, and the occasional kink aren't your jam, this might not be the book for you. But, if you choose to take a pass, you'll be missing so much more that this book has to offer.
I adored Logan's son and daughter! They are a huge part of this story, bringing humor, poignant emotion, kid wisdom, and a whole lot of heart to the table. Kudos to Chase for creating fully-developed, realistic child characters who enrich the story within a family unit without making it all about them. It's a fine balance and one she mastered.
If you like your heartwarming Christmas romances on the (very) steamy side, give The Babe from Toyland a try. It's a promising start to Daphne Chase's writing career.