Book Review: Catch That Santa by Karen Docter
Title: Catch That Santa
Author: Karen Docter
Genre: Holiday Romance
Amazon rating: 4.5 stars
When widow, Sara Marks, hears her Grams has gone on the lam from Happy Acres Residence on Christmas Eve – on Santa’s arm, no less — she teams up with sexy stranger, Francisco de la Vega, to chase the couple down with one thing in mind. Keep her Grams from becoming Mrs. Claus. Of course, Francisco’s grandfather is not really Santa Claus, but Grams did run off to Vegas to marry him and she’s obviously not in her right mind.
Sara leaves her seven-month-old baby, Lanie, with a friend and she and Cisco head west in the worst snowstorm in decades, chasing his grandfather’s ’57 Ford Fairlane over the river and through the woods.
Will they catch Santa and his crazy Mrs. Claus before it’s too late? Or will love stop them in their track
Reviewed by: Stephanie Ayers
My rating: 3.75 stars
Catch That Santa starts out as breathtaking as it’s cover. Sara arrives at the old folks home where Grams insisted on living only to find Santa has run off with her! When Santa’s grandson arrives, they conspire to find their missing grandparents, who are off to Vegas, before something—like a surprise wedding—happens. Despite Cisco’s reluctance to take Sara with him, she joins him anyway, nursing him from illness during a hours long traffic jam caused by a typical Colorado rock slide, and figuring out that her Grams is okay after all and looking forward to sharing this new stage of life with her and having Cisco there, too.
Monica is the only thing in the way between Sara and Cisco, at least in Sara’s mind. Before Cisco has a chance to explain anything to her, Grams takes one disappointed look at the hurt in her granddaughter’s eyes and provides distraction so she can escape the rest of the wedding celebration. Sara hails a taxi, driven by none other than a Santa driving. Cisco is on the chase again to Catch That Santa and the love of his life before it’s too late.
This is a short but very enjoyable read. Docter takes a romantic cliche and weaves her own spin on it, with delightful charm and wit, leaving you stuck in the SUV with them as they wait out the rock slide clearing, munching (and tasting) those Funyons along with the characters, and finding your own heart skipping a beat when they finally get that kiss you’ve been dying for them to have. This should be on everyone’s holiday reading list, and is the perfect length to boost your reading goals for the end of the year.
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