The Trouble with Elves by Therese Woodson ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

TroublewithElvesTheAUDLg Title: The Trouble with Elves

Author: Therese Woodson

Narrator: Ryan Kennard Burke

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Cal Martin loathes Christmas music, especially the clichéd carols pumped through the mall speakers on endless loop. Even worse is the holiday-themed hell of Santa’s Village that looms right in front of the sports store he manages. It’s yet another hurdle for Cal as he tries to survive the world of retail during the soul-sucking holiday season… until he catches a glimpse of one of Santa’s elves and becomes infatuated with the cheery, gorgeous guy dressed in candy-cane tights.

Of course, just walking up to the guy and asking him out isn’t easy, and a botched attempt at matchmaking ends up turning a simple courtship into a mess for the gossip page. What can Cal do to overcome his social ineptitude, correct erroneous assumptions, and maybe have a merry little Christmas of his own?

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.

My View – Story:

The Trouble with Elves is a sweet and confusing tale of love at Christmas time. It also is a tale of opposites attracting and miscommunications. It is about people afraid to be themselves. It is a perfect, cute, and mushy Christmas story. You can’t help but fall in love with Cal and Xander. You can’t help but pull for them to find each other.

There could have been more depth to the story, but I think Woodson did a fabulous job for what the story was supposed to be. Unlike many stories of this ilk, we got to watch the relationship form. We got to see the blushes and hesitations. We got to watch the confusion and longing looks. We got to fall in love with Cal and Xander as they were falling for each other.

My View – Narration:

This is the first story I have listened to narrated by Ryan Kennard Burke. It will not be the last. He alternates between sounding bored and successfully imparting the appropriate emotions into each word. Overall, the effect is pretty darn good. This is a short story, so it is a quick listen.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Audible US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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