Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Noel Nicholas decides he needs to take some time away from being the son of Santa Claus. He decides to return to school at a university in Winnipeg, where the winters remind him of the North Pole realm. He has even gotten a break in his usual job as gift distributor during the last couple of holiday seasons. However, his time off is interrupted when an ice sprite shows up on campus one November day.
Mrs. Claus has tasked Fannar the ice sprite to check with her son to see if he has heard from his father Santa Claus. It seems that Noel’s father has taken off without telling anyone where he was going. This causes Noel some anxiety for two reasons. This first is that his father is AWOL. However, Noel has not felt the calling to go home and take over for his father so he knows that his dad is safe wherever he is. The second is that the messenger is the one man who has been his crush for years. Will Noel’s missing father bring these two men from the North Pole together after years of dancing around their feelings?
This was a fun holiday read for me. You can tell that the characters have known each other for years and that they just need an extra push to get them together. Noel feels that his life as the son of Santa by necessity must be lonely while Fannar wonders what he must do to bring Noel around. The presence of Ruby from the Eros realm (think Valentine’s day) allows for some sage advice to Noel.
The cover art by Catt Ford shows a young man with snowflakes on his hair and brows in a white turtleneck above a formation of ice crystals. It is a nice wintery cover for the story.
ebook, 53 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar