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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog. Elves are the real

    Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog.

    Elves are the real troublemakers in this story, especially one of Santa's helpers. Two newly hired mall employees work as elves and
    help Santa at a display during the holiday season. These two are also twins with similar names, Alexandra and Alexander. Cal likes
    the male elf but due to the confusion with their names, everybody thinks that he likes the girl elf. Things really go downhill when the girl
    elf's jealous boyfriend injures Cal.

    I love the cheesiness of the story and the romance between the MCs is cute. I love Xander's passion for chessy Christmas songs and
    music but doesn't want to be a star, instead he wants to teach. Cal is a little bitter over his short career as a baseball star and missing
    direction in life. However, Xander totally brings out the adorably awkward side of him. I also love Cal's brother's personality. He's very
    accepting of Cal's sexuality and is very intuitive on how to help Cal get close to Xander, the male elf. The only character I dislike is the
    female elf, Alex, who is incredibly vain, dumb, and self-centered.

    The story has a strong and interesting beginning but a weak ending ruins the holiday, cheerful feel that the book is supposed to have.
    The wrap up is very abrupt and the conclusion is...well...not conclusive in regards to Alex, Cal's career, Cal and Xander's relationship,
    and some confusing people whose names were mentioned but never appeared in the story.

    Overall, this is a very cute story set in the mall during the holidays about a sports manager and a Santa's helper. The initial
    awkwardness and cute romance between Cal and Xander are the best moments of the book.

    *review copy received in exchange for an honest review*

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