Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Number 5 in the North Pole City Tales, Charlie Cochet brings us another very sweet story of elves, fairies, Jack Frost, and Rudy and his fellow Rein Dear. Reading these stories is like reading an adult Christmas tale, complete with toy soldiers and sugar plum fairies.
In this story, Cupid’s half-brother, Calder, is in North Pole City to train Cupid, now that it’s been revealed that he is part dark elf. He needs to learn to control his magic, and Calder, a good elf at heart, is the most sensible choice. Calder is a big guy, handsome, dark-skinned, and attractive to the diminutive Donner, Cupid’s friend. Donner, with his violet-colored eyes and sweet temperament unknowingly attracts Calder’s attention. But Donner, like the others in NP City, wants nothing to do with a Dockalfar—a dark elf, and despite his attraction to Caldar, he keeps him at bay. Until an accident happens that changes everything.
Honestly? These stories shouldn’t make any sense, and they shouldn’t be so darn cute or make me want to gobble them up faster than Christmas cookies, but they do. Too sweet for some? Maybe. But I’ll bet once readers start this series, it will be very hard to put the books down. I know I’m sticking with it to the end of the series, and I recommend that others do the same. Another super sweet stocking stuffer to share with my friends, this is my holiday auto-buy every year.
Cover art by the inimitable Paul Richmond depicts a shy Donner being courted by Calder with a sweet treat Donner won’t be able to resist—a perfect match for this story.
ebook, 68 pages
Expected publication: December 21st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634778138 (ISBN13: 9781634778138)
SeriesNorth Pole City Tales #5