Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Mending Noel
Author: Charlie Cochet
Narrator: David Gillies
Series: North Pole City Tales #1
Heroes: Tim and Noel
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: Book – 64 Pages / Audio – 1 Hour, 24 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – November 30, 2012 / Audio – October 24, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: All is not sparkly snowflakes and sweet candy canes in North Pole City. Office workers Tim and Noel do nothing all day but antagonize each other—petty fighting that might be based on hatred… or a heated mutual attraction. It’s up to Jack Frost and his elf-friend Rudy to broach the hostilities and introduce some Christmas kisses, but is the Frost Prince up to the challenge of launching a new romance when someone’s trying to break his holiday spirit?
Review: Wow! This was a super funny, super sweet, low heat, hysterical, fast moving, sometimes frustrating, amazingly wonderful little holiday story. Charlie has given us this hysterical almost tongue-in-cheek world of Christmas as an alternate reality.
Noel and Tim are elves, working in a town run by Christmas characters. Santa is the big guy in the sky. Jack Frost is the Prince. Rudy is Jack’s reindeer lover (but he’s a human/elf?). The Tin Soldiers are the good guys, and the Mouse King is the bad guy. Cursing is Bah Humbug and Holy Holly! Everyone drinks cocoa, and you know when someone is around by the smell of cinnamon.
(In North Pole City Tales #2 we get the backstory for Jack and Rudy.)
The basic conflict is that Tim is being bullied by Noel, because Noel has conflicting feelings towards Tim that scare him. When Tim and Noel accidentally catch the interest of the bad guys, they end up being “claimed” by Jack and Rudy and put in their protection. While hiding, they realize they mean more to each other than they thought. (The sex is only suggested at, this is a very low heat story.)
Eventually good triumphs over evil and Tim and Noel end up with a very HEA.
The frustrating part of this story is that Noel spends a lot of time being mean, really mean, to Tim and then he suddenly turns on a dime and loves him. So, though it was a short story, I think more time should have been spent making Noel a good guy again. Their love was a bit hard to swallow, as I was still kinda mad at Noel by the end of the book, even though I understood why he acted the way he did.
But… the world building was phenomenal, and the humor was outstanding, and I really am looking forward to Jack and Rudy as they were set up very nicely as an interesting story.
Story 4 of 5 stars
Review – Audio: David Gillies is a new narrator (I looked him up and he’s new to Audible too), and he has this FABULOUS British accent that just makes listening to this story delightful. He doesn’t try to do too much to the voices, but he does a nice job making each a little different from the other so you can tell who is speaking.
It made for a very enjoyable listening experience and gave this holiday story a lovely old world feeling that all fairy tales seem to have.
I recommend it with 5 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*