Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Elf on the Beach
Author: T.J. Nichols
Series: Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar
Heroes: Roone & Kyle
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 41 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Roone Sorley is an elf on a mission. He has one year to live in the mortal world and experience everything it has to offer before deciding if he is going to return to the North Pole and immortality or stay and become human. Christmas in Australia is all sun, sand, and surf. For Kyle Morgan, that means lots of tourists wanting to learn how to surf, but he hates Christmas. This time of year always reminds him about the family he doesn’t have.
With the clock ticking and only days left, Roone plans on making the most of the heat and the beach and his hot surfing instructor. Beyond that he has no idea what he wants. However with a little magic, he might be able to give Kyle exactly what he needs.
Roone’s on the last few weeks of his year long journey away from the North Pole when he meets Kyle, his surf instructor, who’s living an aimless life and doesn’t believe in Christmas. Spending his last few weeks with Kyle sounds like a great idea to Roone especially when it means possibly bringing a little magic into Kyle’s life.
I liked this one but for such a short story, it took me a really long time to get into it. I wasn’t feeling the connection between Roone and Kyle because it was all told instead of shown. Then with the little twist in the end (which was predictable, IMO), you don’t even see Roone finally making his decision on what he’s going to do, you just get told that he finally decided what he was meant to do. I would have liked to see Roone realize what his life would be instead of just being told about it.
In the end, though, this is a cute little story. I liked that elves had a year to decide what they wanted to do with their lives and I liked that Kyle tempted Roone enough to stay human. If you’re looking for a short, cute story with a hot Christmas, give this one a go!
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*