The Trouble with Elves
Title : The Trouble with Elves
Author : Therese Woodson
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, Holidays
Length : 78 pages (e-book)
Published : December 1, 2013
Rating : ★★★★1/2
Cal Martin loathes Christmas music, especially the clichéd carols pumped through the mall speakers on endless loop. Even worse is the holiday-themed hell of Santa’s Village that looms right in front of the sports store he manages. It’s yet another hurdle for Cal as he tries to survive the world of retail during the soul-sucking holiday season… until he catches a glimpse of one of Santa’s elves and becomes infatuated with the cheery, gorgeous guy dressed in candy-cane tights.
Of course, just walking up to the guy and asking him out isn’t easy, and a botched attempt at matchmaking ends up turning a simple courtship into a mess for the gossip page. What can Cal do to overcome his social ineptitude, correct erroneous assumptions, and maybe have a merry little Christmas of his own?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
Loved this! Sweet, funny and full of holiday charm. This is the second thing I’ve read recently from this author that I’ve enjoyed. There are so many things about this story I liked. The kind of awkward beautiful Christmas loving musician becomes the love interest of the bah humbug ex-athlete who isn’t completely out to everyone in his life. It seems obvious they like each other but neither will come out and say it. Both men work in the mall during the Christmas shopping season. Cal works in a big sports store and Xander as one of Santa’s elfs.
I enjoyed how their seemingly opposite personalities meshed so well when they finally started talking. The slow build of their relationship gave me just enough tension to anticipate when the guys would finally get it together. Well, as slow as you can for a short story. I loved Cal’s brother. He had me laughing out loud with his honest but crude humor.
This was everything I want in a book with the added bonus of turning a Scrooge type character into a believer because he’s found the one who makes him happy. I highly recommend this one.
Rated 4.5 stars by Whit