Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Leprechaun Next Door
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Heroes: Devon & Johnny
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 145 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Happiness might be waiting at the end of the rainbow, but will it come with a price?
Devon’s down on his luck—he’s lost his job and discovered his boyfriend is cheating on him. His neighbor, Johnny, is not only cute, he also has a big secret: he’s a leprechaun with a pot of gold… and the ability to grant wishes.
Can Devon wish his way out of the hole he’s found himself in? He’d like a new job, some revenge on his lying ex, and maybe even love. Johnny can give him what he wants, but it won’t come for free… or in the ways Devon expects. Can he trust a sexy leprechaun to help him make a new start and wish himself into the arms of the man of his dreams?
Devon finds out that he’s being sacked from his job and that his boyfriend cheats on him all in one day. Bringing everything he owns, Devon moves out to a cheaper apartment. Then the first time he is there, his neighbor Johnny, comes to help, and then shares a secret to Devon: that Johnny is Leprechaun and he will grant three of Devon’s wishes.
I was withdrawn with this book when I saw the world “Leprechaun” on the title. I think this is one creature that doesn’t appear much in romance. Also, they tend to be portrayed more as evil, so I’m curious with how it will turn out in a romance book.
I think, on one hand, I’m slightly bummed that Johnny’s role as leprechaun mostly refers to him being a little mischief to grant Devon’s wishes. For me, it felt not “magic” enough, it could be just Johnny meddling, you know? Like humans do – humans with network and connection. Johnny also clues paranormal creatures around Devon but they stay in the background, and I also wished it was more apparent.
Having said so, the whole story was cute! I loved that Devon finally realized what to do to get his own happiness. I loved that he was also being kind to others, including his cheating ex. He might be a little firm towards Johnny, considering being mischief is part of Johnny’s nature, but I could understand Devon’s point.
Yeah, this one was enjoyable read…
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*