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Posted January 16, 2014
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*