Not your mama’s yuletide tale unless she drank too much egg nog or was born with a cheeky sense of humor.
Murder, mystical artifacts, an invisible demon with anger management issues, and an overbearing cupid—not what Rosalie Thatcher wished for on her Christmas list.
The holidays had always been a magical time for Rosalie, but not this year. Stephanie, her new manager at Penrose’s Department Store, is determined to make this season the most profitable in the store’s history, even if it sucks the life out of every employee. Introducing arbitrary rules and stealing the affections of Anthony, the cute temp Santa, were bad enough, but forcing Rosalie into the stupid elf hat was the worst. The worst, that is, until she meets a real E.L.F. (Elemental Life Form) named David and gets lassoed into a desperate hunt for the stolen Naughty and Nice List. Rosalie and David must dodge a murderous invisible demon and recover the missing artifact before hellhounds track them down. The couple race against time for without the magical guidance of the Naughty and Nice List, the world will tumble toward eternal chaos.
When the Naughty or Nice book is stolen, it is up to David, an E.L.F. (Elemental Life Form) to find it and the thief before chaos begins in the world. When he discovers that it has been hidden in Primrose’s Department Store that is where the real fun and excitement begins.
Primrose’s is the type of department store that you would expect to find in a small town. It has been established forever and the employees’ generally love to work there and the customers always seem to get in a good mood upon entering. But, that all changes when the Naughty List is stolen. Attitudes change for the worse and Primrose’s becomes the place you just don’t want to be near. Bah Humbug! Will David be able to find the Naughty List before it’s too late? Well, you will have to read the book to find out!
In between the mystery and mayhem, this is also a love story. David and Rosalie are the cutest couple! But since David is an E.L.F. and Rosalie is human, the Integral Council sends a cupid to ensure that all guidelines are met. This was by far my favorite part of the story and Natalie, the cupid, my favorite character.
The Naughty List was so much fun to read! It is the perfect story to get you in the holiday spirit. With a great cast of lovable, quirky characters, made this book absolutely impossible to put down! Ms. Kelley has taken a traditional Santa story and put an entirely different twist to the jolly old man – and I liked it! The romance is sweet, and the action is abundant throughout. If you are looking to get in the holiday spirit, or just need to read an uplifting, feel-good story, then I would highly recommend The Naughty List!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.