Book Reviews

Mending Noel (North Pole City Tales 1) by Charlie Cochet

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-November-2019

Book 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?



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2012.


Book Review

This is a cute Christmas story, with the North Pole run like a modern company, including departments and interdepartmental politics. And even the relationships between the elves reminded me of those often seen between office workers in large corporations. Tim is being bullied by his supervisor, Noel, who in turn has become extremely grumpy since he started working with Tim. Some elves are better than others (or think they are), top positions are jostled for like in any human office, and there are toy soldiers who conspire against the powers that be. All of this serves to set the scene for a very touching story about one very stubborn elf.

Noel is cruel to Tim. He gives Tim the hardest jobs, laughs about his clumsiness, and sets him up to fail on a daily basis. There is an explanation, but Noel doesn’t have an easy time letting go of old hurts, imagined hurts, and fear of people finding out his secret.

Tim has a lot of optimism inside him, wants to be loved, and cannot understand why Noel hates him so much. He'd love to leave and do a different job, but he knows he isn't very talented. When push comes to shove, and he has to work with Noel and prove how courageous he really is, Tim is scared to death but refuses to give in.

If you like Christmas stories set at the North Pole and including all the fantasy creatures you'd expect there, if you enjoy reading old legends with a modern slant, and if you're looking for a heartwarming story about men seemingly not destined for love finding their happy end, you will probably like this one.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 64 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-November-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Mending-Noel-North-Pole-Tales-ebook/dp/B081C7SQSV