Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Although Rowan Stormbringer was raised Wiccan, he’s never felt a connection to magic. That changes on the eve of Yule, when he encounters a magical creature, a phoenix, that needs his help getting to Stonehenge before the sun sets that day. Hiding a magical creature in the mortal world is tricky at best, but partnering with a good-looking, snarky taxi driver may be just the ticket Rowan needs. As they explore their instant attraction to each other, Rowan and Martin must learn to trust one another if they hope to deliver the phoenix home in time.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
Review: Rowan Stormbringer really didn’t expect to find a phoenix. He didn’t expect it to telepathically communicate with him, either. So Rowan has to get a cab to Stonehenge to get the phoenix there by sunset so he can regenerate for Yule. It’s up to cab driver Martin to get Rowan to Stonehenge. Whereas they don’t hit it off immediately with instant lust, the guys are able to chat amiably until Martin sees Rowan is transporting some kind of animal in the back of his cab and neglected to tell him about it. The whole magical explanation doesn’t go over swimmingly. The whole adventure almost ends right there, but Martin is willing to give Rowan a chance.
Yes, their names are Rowan and Martin and they were brought together by a phoenix as though it were some kind of flying fickle finger of fate. The story was charming for the most part. Two guys get together unexpectedly and spend Yule together. There really wasn’t much room beyond the vignette itself for any character development, but Rowan and Martin seemed interesting enough. Overall it was a cute short.