An elf on a mission. A late review for Working Elf Blues by Piper Vaughn

Title: The working elf blues
Author: Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Holiday romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Source: copy provided by NetGalley
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Blurb: Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he’s watched that boy grow into a man, and now he’s determined to give Wes a Christmas he’ll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father’s sleigh before leaving…

Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he’s woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn’t know how to react. Wes isn’t fanciful. He doesn’t give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays…


Review: This review is criminally late, I know. It got caught up in exams, big ass essays and a math test of great doom. However, even though the Holiday season is long past, this book is worth reading. Let me tell you why.

Garnet Evergreen is a man on a mission. To get the man that might just be ‘the one’ he abandons everything he knows. He is one determined elf, planning to give the lonely and slightly cynical Wes the best Christmas ever. The question is: does Wes feel the same? Plus let’s not forget that darn sleigh.

Working Elf Blues is a short, well written sweet Holiday story with that feel good vibe that belongs with the Holidays.

It is a contemporary story with some fantasy elements well blended in. Just enough is explained to make it a believable story, especially because it’s not a very long story. The reader experiences the story right along with Wes and Garnet without parts explained and told in overlong paragraphs, which sometimes happens in short stories.

I just loved how Wes, a loner, started to open up to Garnet and how their romance blossomed through the little things that Garnet did. It was very charming.

Both Garnet and Wes were full on, right-there-on-the-page characters. They are part of the story with their own voices. The readers gets a good grip on who they are and their part in the story. I liked that. They are believable and not flat, stereotypes. Especially Wes, who could have easily been that unimaginative loner and Garnet the archetypal Christmas elf.

Why you should read it: Why not? It might not be the Season any more, but Working Elf Blues is worth reading. A short, sweet story with a modern fairytale feeling and a flowing plot.

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