Author: T.J. Nichols
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday
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.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
Elf on the Beach was nothing like I expected. There was so much emotion and great characterization. Kyle had great depth and history and for such a short tale, he grew so much. While on the surface this was Roone’s story, it really was all about Kyle. It was about healing and living life to the fullest. It was about finding those cracks in our hardened armor and expanding them to find the wonder inside. I am at a loss for words on this story because it was just so much more that I dreamed of for something this short.
I guess for me, Elf on the Beach is that Christmas story that grabs your heart and makes it whole. I am glad I took a chance on this new to me author as Elf on the Beach is now on the top of my Christmas comfort re-read pile.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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