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Santa's Secret

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Brr baby, it's cold outside. It's time to deck the halls and ring those bells because Christmas is in the air.

Delaney Du Luca had typical fabulous Hollywood holiday plans that included the sun, sand and the warm waters of Cancun until her B-list actor boyfriend publicly dumps her. Instead of staying home to sulk, she decides to head back to her quaint hometown in Vermont
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Books by Heidi McLaughlin, LTD
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Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author. I do not have expectation at all. And I am surprise by it. I do like it. The wording, the writing style is cute and tugging on my heart even the story is very very predictable and HEA is guarantee. Its like drinking a delicious hot chocolate during holiday. Watching the snow. And the next thing you know, you smile.

However I wish the conversation between Aidan and Delayney is more deeper, more sassy and fun banter. I feel their interaction is shallow and lac
Sara (sarabara081)
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars!

Is there anything better than a cute romance to read all snuggled up by the Christmas tree? Probably not. I knew instantly that Santa’s Secret was a must read this Holiday season with story about a second chance at love at Christmastime.

Delaney is a movie star who is heading home for Christmas after her boyfriend very publicly dumped her and their Holidays plans. It’s been many years since she’s been to to her small town in Vermont an
3+ "Communication is the key!" Stars

This was a nice little kick off to my Christmas reading. There was snowball fights, picking out and decorating Christmas trees. Cookie baking, carols, even a fall festival including a Christmas play. Very festive! Plus there was a sweet little girl. The only thing holding back this Christmas story was All the adults. Aiden needed to clue in and accept that people want to help. Shelly was just desperate and Delaney just should have known better. But still, over
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I Love love Christmas stories. And Santa’s Secret was such a sweet story about getting a second chance at love. Laney and Fish’s story started off great and cut right to the issue, i was thankful we didn’t get a lot of past scenes with them and it was just reading their story in real time. So why 3 Stars? Lack of chemistry and communication. It really bothered me that Fish never communicated to anyone about his feelings, not all of them, just the ones that were really important and definitely ne ...more
OK, I am confused at the amount of missing pages. Page 9 is blank then "job everyone." appears. What was before that? Pg. 16 begins with the word "off". Now prior to that Delaney received Chinese food. Now someone is in a cheap house talking about someone named Heather? Who is Holly? Pg. 22 blank then "must've died"??? I hate to DNF! Finally got to the end! Liked Delaney and Holly but Aiden was way too indecisive. He couldn't make up his mind about repairs to his home or which woman he wanted in ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cute one even though it was predictable. Going home was just was Delaney needed after taking the hit she did. It seemed like being at home rejuvenated Delaney, along with making her look at her ex in a new way. I didn't like the chip that Aiden had on his shoulder, knew it would cause problems at some point and boy did it. It's a good thing that Aiden listened to Calvin, who stole many scenes he was in, and managed to dig himself out of the hole he was in. Of course it helped that he ...more
Patricia Wonderland
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute. Really cute like a Xmas movie from Hallmark. But the hero has no backbone. He lets everyone else dictate his life. I wanted to shake him each time he lets Shelby taking decisions for him and spreading rumors about their "couple". The heroin is a bit immature but she has a huge heart. The bodyguard's role is a little too much important, the main characters wouldn't have needed him so much if they were able to communicate...
A 3 stars for me
Charissa Argento
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The perfect book to get you in the Christmas spirit! I love stories that are based in charming small towns. This book will give you all the feelings of a magical Christmas with friends and family!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Movie star, Delaney Duluca, has been publicly dumped by her boyfriend days before their planned Christmas vacation, now she's back home in Ramona Falls, VT to lick her wounds and spend time with her family. Before I go further, I must say that this book was so refreshing...not the typical billionaire guy vs poor girl story; secondly, I liked that Delaney's family and friends are down to earth people. Of course, since she moved away 10 yrs ago and 'made it big', Delaney IS the town's sweetheart. ...more
Meghan Murphy
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Santa’s Secret by Heidi McLaughlin is a second chance holiday romance! It was a fantastic story that had all the feels and was everything you’d come to expect from a McLaughlin book. Delaney and Aiden’s journey was heartwarming and absolutely perfect!

Hollywood actress Delaney De Luca is heading back home to Vermont after getting dumped by her boyfriend. Instead of warm sandy beaches for Christmas she’s looking forward to spending time with her family. But when she runs into Aiden, she was
Michele A.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance
Delaney returns home for Christmas after finding out her boyfriend had been cheating on her. She gets pulled over by Aiden, a town cop that she dated before leaving for Hollywood 10 years earlier. Aiden doesn't realize who he pulled over until it's too late and the town gives him plenty of grief for almost giving Delaney a ticket. Delaney's dad is the town mayor and actually asks her to do a signing booth for the town's fair. Aiden is a single father to his daughter, Holly, and is still struggli ...more
Jill M
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday-romance
This story reminded me of the sappy movies on the Hallmark channel. This was a sweet holiday romance to get you into that holiday spirit. It was a light hearted, fun romance set in a small picturesque town in Vermont with Christmas alive in their hearts. There was cute little Christmas references mixed with a fun and flirty warm your heart kind of romance.

From the time Delaney drove back into Ramona Falls, Aiden didn’t stand a chance. These two had this special connection that not even ten years
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great Christmas story! Delaney DeLuca is a Hollywood starlet! She left her old town in Vermont behind and moved on to bigger and better things, or so she thought!
Aiden Fisher (Fish) is a single dad trying to make ends meet living paycheck to paycheck trying to be the best dad he can for his daughter Holly! When he pulls over Delaney as she drives into town, he's suddenly labeled the bad guy! After all it's been 10 year since Delaney has been back to town.
When they meet up again after year
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heidi has blown it out of the ballpark with this Christmas story. She made this second chance story into magic and I loved every second of it. I would love to see this made into a Hallmark Christmas movie!!!! Amazing job and I'd love to see what happens in this couples future!
Coming back home for Christmas wasn't in the plans for Delaney until the unexpected happened and she finds herself returning home where she gets pulled over by her cop ex boyfriend Aiden. sparks start to sizzle when they co
Yoneidis Martín Martínez
Laney is a famous actress who sees how her boyfriend dumps her by text to find out after he has left for another woman. So Laney decides to go home, to Vermont, for Christmas.
When she arrives she rents a car, and she is driving too fast and talking on her cell, so the police stop her. But who stops her is none other that her boyfriend from high school. The next day both of them are the talk of the town.
Laney learns that Aiden is a widower and that he has a 7-year-old daughter, with whom she imm
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This second chance romance mixed with the holidays will give you all the sweet cozy feels! This was such a cute fun read with just enough bumps and drama to make the payoff even sweeter. You'll yearn to be part of a small town with big holiday traditions, even with all the meddling and gossiping, because there's nothing more magical than falling in love during the holidays when the spirit of the season is in full force. Aiden and Laney make one cute couple and Aiden's daughter Holly is one cute ...more
Dawn Hurst
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This second chance romance was a Christmas treat!
Hollywood sweetheart Holly goes home after being dumped right before the holidays, and with luck runs into her ex and brothers best friend, recently widowed - single father Aiden.
In their small town rumors run and confusion sets in, setbacks happen... Will these two be able to actually connect?
Add in Aiden's awesome daughter Holly.... I LOVE HER, and a handful of family and friends that feel the need to try to dictate the love lives of these two
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great Holiday feel good romance book.
Santa's Secret by Heidi McLaughlin is the wonderful journey of Aiden and Delaney.
Delaney is a well known actress who recently had her heart broken unexpectedly. What better way to mend a broken heart than to head home for the Christmas Holiday. Everything changes when she comes face to face with Aiden Fisher. Aiden is a single father living paycheck to paycheck to provide for his daughter. What happens when these two characters are reunited after years ap
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect sweet story for the holiday. Delaney and Aiden dated briefly as teenagers. Now she’s a famous actress and Aiden is a cop in their hometown.
I loved Holly and how she is with her father. She sounds like a teenager at times and at others she’s a little girl, which is so like little girls. I loved her with Delaney and how their relationship develops.
I loved all the festivities and how they decorated for Christmas. I loved how Aiden and Delaney were together.
This is clean, sweet, cheerful Chr
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Holiday Read!

Heidi McLaughlin delivers a sweet, second chance holiday romance just in time to get you in the holiday spirit. Dumped by her B-list, cheating boyfriend, Hollywood's sweetheart, Delaney Du Luca returns home to Vermont for the first time in ten years.

Sparks reignite when she reconnects with Aiden Fisher, her high school boyfriend and brother's best friend. While they're obviously attracted to one another, they both struggle with their feelings and Delaney's unconventional work
Veronica LaRoche
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will give you all the feels. This heart melting story will definitely pull on your heartstrings and have you believing in second chances. Delaney & Aiden I absolutely love. I loved the friendship that they had, and both wanting more but something or someone always got in the way. I love, love Aiden, it will tug at your heart the struggles he has too deal with and will do anything to provide for his daughter. Delaney & Aiden’s story is a perfect holiday read that will have you reading i ...more
Jamie Rhodes
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was just an okay read for me. I wanted more scenes with Delaney and Aiden. Most of the scenes were of them with other people. I understand the storyline and thought it was a solid one. This was sort of a second chance, but it didn't feel much that way to me for some reason. I cringe at writing the review because I usually love this author's work. Of course others will love it, and I do want you to give it a chance. Dual point of view. No real cliffhanger, but I didn't get all I wanted for t ...more
I Dont Get Sundays
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I cannot put into words really how much I loved this book. I fell into this book. I began and started within a few hours, could not put it down. Delaney's life is turned upside down in her LA world. She is a big star that has fulfilled her dreams. Aiden is a single father trying to do best by his little girl. Delaney and Aiden just fall into each other. They easiness of their friendship is really fun to watch develop. There are a few confusing moments but once Aiden gets his head on straight it ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun Christmas time read. While I enjoyed reading this one there really wasn't anything special about it. Very typical plot with main character going back home and falling for one of her old high school boyfriends again. I think it actually would have been a little more interesting had they not dated before. It would have been cool for her to come home and find this amazing guy she overlooked in high school. I think there was also a missed opportunity with the guy that Laney meets at the bar. It ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great cozy Christmas read! Grab your kindle, hot chocolate and comfy blanket and settle in for this beautiful story! Once you start you won’t be able to stop reading Delaney and Aidens story until you uncover Santa’s Secret!! There were goosebumps and and few tears with this story and I love that about Heidi’s writing I was get a full range of feels while reading her books! Definitely a MUST read this Christmas!
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Santa’s Secret is everything a Christmas Romance should be! It will warm your heart.

This is a second chance story between the town sweetheart-now Hollywood Star Delaney and single dad Aiden. Delaney heads back to her hometown after being dumped by her boyfriend.

Santa’s Secret make me wish I was from a small town that gets in there Holiday spirit! The snow, the lights, this story has the feel of a lovely Christmas movie!
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Was ok

The biggest complaint, I didn't feel a romantic connection between Laney and Aiden. Laney had a better connection with Holly, and I wonder if her attachment to them was more because off that than Aiden.
Aiden was a weak character. He let everyone run his life, and his lack of speaking his mind was disappointing.
The ending was more of a hint to a HFN, an epilogue of the distant future would have been appreciated.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was a sweet, clean romance about Aiden and Delainey’s second chance at finding love. Holly, Aiden’s daughter added greatly to this story. My only wish was there had been more time given to Aiden and Delainey’s relationship. They were rarely together alone and I can’t remember if there was even a kiss apart from a peck on the cheek/forehead. The story would have been much better had there been an Epilogue giving readers a look at their future together
Amber Boyd
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a totally sweet second chance romance! Loved Delaney and Aiden from the start. The small town single dad reconnecting with his one time love, who is returning from the bright lights of Hollywood. The setting was like every small town, New England fantasy I’ve ever had about the holidays. I could so see it playing out as I was reading. I liked the side characters just as much, save for Shelby who I totally wanted to tell a few times to ‘back off’. Lol.
Mary Keiser
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holiday Romance

This will leave you with so many FEELS! I'm slightly disappointed by the ending, it felt rushed and honestly Aiden and Delaney deserved a couple more chapters to give the readers a bit more once they cemented the relationship. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this story, I especially liked how the story didn't revolve around Laney's star status but gave us the opportunity to see her true self.
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Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.

Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.

In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, inclu

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