Author: E.T. Malinowski
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
Thistle is a sweet elf with a kind heart. He tries his best to help all the other elves in Santa’s workshop. Unfortunately, Thistle tends to leave disaster in his wake despite his good intentions. He dreams of finding an elf who will love him in spite of his clumsiness, an elf he can make a home for. But what elf wants to live in constant peril? Thistle figures he should just stick with his anonymous treat baskets, especially where Bayberry, Santa’s production manager, is concerned.
Bayberry is a bit of a serious elf. A little distant from most of the North Pole crew, Bayberry is lonely. When another Thistle Incident occurs, pushing the production department behind schedule only a few weeks before Christmas, Bayberry gets a “suggestion” from The Big Guy to ask Thistle for help. What could an accident-prone elf do to assist him? But to Bayberry’s surprise, he might gain more than help with his monthly reports.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
One thing I love about the Advent Calendar and Daily Dose collections from Dreamspinner is the fact that they give me a chance to check out new to me authors. I have found some favorites this way. I have also found some complete misses. ET Malinowski’s Hearth and Home is somewhere in the middle for me.
On one hand, it is well written. The characters are, for the most part, well developed and likable. However, where I had issues was when they went from their day job to the sheets. I liked both Bayberry and Thistle. I felt them growing closer, and I wanted them to find each other.
Then the sweet tale of the clumsy elf and his savior turned into something completely different. It turned carnal. While I have no issue with carnal, it has to match the characters and story the author is telling. In the case of Hearth and Home, it was jarring. It just didn’t work for me and served to ruin an otherwise sweet story.
I am interested to see what else Malinowski has for us in the future.
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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