Author: Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he’s watched that boy grow into a man, and now he’s determined to give Wes a Christmas he’ll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father’s sleigh before leaving…
Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he’s woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn’t know how to react. Wes isn’t fanciful. He doesn’t give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays…
Review: This was a totally adorably perfect little Christmas story. I loved that Santa and his elves were used in this one. AND that there’s nothing cheesy about it. It really lent this magical feel to a contemporary holiday short.
Garnet steals his father’s self flying sled one Christmas eve because he needs to see Wes again. He can’t wait another year for his chance to prove they’re meant to be together. The elves get two weeks off starting Christmas Eve and it’s the best chance Garnet has to not be noticed missing from the North Pole. He crashes on the way but Wes and his sled dogs save Garnet from freezing to death. Garnet wakes up in the cabin of the very man he’s been watching since they were young boys. He’s even visited him on occasion.
Wes was prepared to spend another Christmas alone in his cabin in the woods but then Garnet appears. Like he has a few times in the past but things are different now. This time they’re all grown up and both man and elf are feeling the connection.
Charming is the best word I can think of to describe this story. The MCs were so lovable. Wes has kind of a sad back story but it doesn’t weigh down this festive little story. I’d say it anchors it in reality with all the magical elements and give his characters some dimension. There’s the issue of Garnet being a secret being that has kept them apart all these years. Making one of those romantic yearning from afar type situations I like to read about.
This story felt complete though I’d certainly have read more if offered. It captures the holiday spirit along with the a sweet m/m romance. I highly recommend reading this story this holiday season. It’s sure to get you feeling festive.