Welcome back to Reindeer Falls! I loved the first three novellas in this fun and sexy holiday romance series – they’re all quick, easy reads with sugar and spice and everything nice. Elves with Benefits is the first of this year’s group, and it sets everything up perfectly. We’ve got a group of three friends, three brothers who are new to town, and tons of holiday feels. This story is a quick tease that is more focused on the festive fun than the romance, and that’s why I’m ultimately not able to give it a higher rating. When you’re reading such a short story, the couple needs to spend more time on the page together for the romance to work. And that didn’t happen here. I was scratching my head about a few things towards the end, and it certainly didn’t give me the feels. But I’m definitely looking forward to the other two romances that will be coming our way soon.
The story follows Maggie, a woman who loves Christmas so much that she has a job as a Christmas cop of sorts, making sure that everyone in town gets into the holiday spirit. When a trio of mysterious brothers come to town, Maggie realizes that their spirit is sorely lacking. She has a series of run-ins with the Grinchiest brother, Ryan, who can’t wait to get back to the city. Maggie may dislike the man, but he gets her hot and bothered in more ways than one.
I really enjoyed the first half of this – there’s a light, playful feel and the friction between the two worked for me. I loved the Christmas cop scenario, and it was fun to watch Maggie and Ryan bicker over her over the top holiday cheerfulness. It’s around the halfway point that things started to unravel for me – Ryan had been nothing but a jerk and then suddenly they’re coupled up. Maggie actually says, “It shouldn’t be this easy to win me over, but it is.” I cringed when she started talking about love, and things didn’t improve after that. I’m not expecting a fully developed relationship in a holiday novella, but I do need more than this offered. I’ll still eagerly read the next two novellas in the series, because these are fun holiday treats, but this one didn’t quite live up to expectations. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this Christmas romance.
My name is Ryan Sheppard and I don’t care about Christmas. I’m only returning to my over-the-top Christmas-themed hometown to sell the house I inherited from my late uncle so I can get back to the city and the promotion I’m chasing at work.
Unfortunately, there’s a flaw in my plan.
Because according to the town Christmas cop, there’s a moratorium on selling houses during December. She says it’s bad for the aesthetic. She’s also slapping an alarming number of tickets on my front door. For being in violation of holiday décor. And I swear on Rudolph himself, one is for ‘unsportsmanlike Christmassing.’
To top it all off, this Christmas cop looks like a red-headed elf.
A sexy red-headed elf…
Warning: Christmas in Reindeer Falls is more naughty than nice. These stories are over-the-top festive with merrily-ever-afters guaranteed. Novella length for quick holiday binge reading. Enjoy!
Coming November 11: One Night with a Nutcracker
My name is Jake Sheppard and I’m ambivalent about Christmas and the Christmas-themed town I grew up in. But when I find out my late uncle left me an old barn and acres of land, the decision to return home to build my dream golf course is an easy one.
Imagine my surprise when I arrive and find out I have a squatter.
An incredibly sexy squatter, with wavy blonde hair, green eyes, a free spirit… and a herd of goats.
Lexi hates my guts. Apparently evicting a non-paying non-tenant and her goats weeks before Christmas is grounds for war.
Except Lexi’s version of war includes flinging her clothing at me and, as it turns out, I might be in way over my head with this girl…
Coming November 18: The Bachelor on the Shelf
My name is Carter Sheppard and I actually like Christmas and my Christmas-themed hometown of Reindeer Falls. In fact, when I learn I have to return home in order to collect an inheritance—my uncle’s dog—it puts life into perspective for me.
Sure, playing professional baseball is great. But it won’t last forever and every player needs a long-term game plan.
And I just found mine. Wrapped up in the feisty, bespectacled package of the town librarian.
Unfortunately, she thinks I’m a player in all aspects of the word, but I’ve got a plan to win her over. Starting with a fake engagement…
About the Author:
Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she’s ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, some multiple times. She likes multiples.
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