Since BL won't let me post normally with books attached, I screen printed the preview!
I read another book in the series and really enjoyed it. So I bought a couple of others in the series, including this novella which turned out was the prequel to the series. I am glad I read that other book first, as this novella had many shades of the good stuff found in the series but starts off really clunky.
Charlotte is a ditzy, clumsy, scheming, immature airhead. I just couldn't connect or even like her even when towards the end she matures a little. Henry is way too good for her but he was a coward for running away before telling Charlotte his true feelings just to come back two years later and try to scheme his way into a marriage with her. Lots of schemes and plans end in disaster which I take to be the humorous parts but really just made me wince and cringe with embarrassment. The ending had the MCs acting like adults and talking about their feelings for one another, but it was a little too late for me to care about either one of them or their relationship. I still like the author's voice and writing style, so I will continue to read her works, but maybe just the ones I have already bought and the rest through the library. 2 generous stars.
I was so busy with school in November that I didn't get a chance to make a post about the books that I read that month, so I'm combining my November and December books here! I'm pretty proud of how much I was able to read with everything that I had going on. I wasn't quite at the rate that I was at over the summer, but I was able to read more books than I've been able to since school started, which is wonderful!
Pretty easy read (70 pages), but engrossing story. The story is actually book (or novella) #3 in the Regency Mysteries series, but can be read as a stand alone. I am making a note to pick up the first two in a series next year.
The mystery is a simple theft that is solved within two days, but gives the characters something to focus on other than the holiday and helps establish the one new relationship in the series. I like all the characters (Capt Dryden, Lady Daphne Dryden, her family, Colonel Bond, Sir Ronald) off the bat except Charlotte; I warmed up to her by the end, but damn if I had to read about her aristocratic family/breeding one more time.
Overall, I really like this author's writing style and voice along with the story. Recommended to romance readers and cozy mystery readers. 4 stars.
I am probably being a little generous with the star rating on this one, but out of the books I read so far for December Reads, this one definitely had all the elements needed for a decent story. The page length is about 45 pages.
Dasher (yep, he is the reindeer shifter) and Merry (daughter of Rudolph, who died in a tragic car accident in his human form) get together. Dasher is working at a community park in the poverty stricken area of the city, taking care of the equipment, including a carousel. Merry has been homeless since the death of her parents. Dasher offers her his office/barn for shelter; she helps him repair the equipment as payment. Dasher begins bringing her food and she now has shelter and food in return for her continued help.
Dasher was a kid going down a wrong path when Santa Claus gave him a magical harness with silver bells; in exchange for helping pull the sleigh, Claus mentored Dash to become a better person and give him the kind of positive attention that a kid desires but rarely gets. However, this year is Dashers last ride - the magic has served its usefulness in Dash's life and now must be used on someone new. Dash can only shift when wearing the harness. Merry recognizes Dash as a reindeer because she remembers her dad having the same one.
Dash gets one wish from Santa for the years of dedicated service and Merry gets to use her dad's wish. It was emotional read throughout about two really kind, hardworking, decent people getting together despite life being incredibly tough.