Title: Christmas Cole
Author: B.G. Thomas
Narrator: Paul Morey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Javier Torres was a sweet, plump, and very unpopular child. But over the years, he turned himself into a gorgeous gym god. The problem is he’s also become an egotistical snob. But one day his arrogance pisses off the wrong little old lady, and he wakes up to find that, like the Prince in Beauty and the Beast, he’s been transformed into something from his personal nightmares. Javier has nowhere to go but back home, where to his surprise, he is greeted with open arms, not just by the family he remembers, but by his new brother-in-law, Cole. Cole suspects there might be a pretty heart to go with the pretty face locked inside that new body, but has Javier learned enough to earn Cole—instead of coal—for Christmas?
My View – Story:
I did not like Javier at the start. I did not like his behavior or ego. I also didn’t like that he valued himself so little that he allowed Mark to treat him as nothing more than a trophy. I think that was the point since this is a redemption story. A bit of magic changes Javier showing him the holes in his existing life and throwing him back in the path of his family and old friend Cole. Javier goes home where he learns about unconditional acceptance and the value of what is inside a person. Over time, he sees what he used to be and makes the transformation required for this to be a satisfying redemption tale. He even makes the decision not to go back to the way he was before, both physically and behaviorally. I wouldn’t mind seeing more about these men as I would have liked more of Cole. This was focused on Javier and from his point of view, so Cole remained a bit of a mystery to me.
I liked the twist on A Christmas Carol and that the author used a version of Mrs. Claus to show Javier what he has become. I like that the title and the story was a play on the idea of getting coal for Christmas.
My View – Narration:
Paul Morey is one of my favorite narrators and as always, he did a fabulous job with this story.
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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