Today, I’m featuring an old favorite of mine. I first read this several years ago, and I still enjoy it to this day. That being said, here’s today’s holiday party throwback: Reindeer Games by Jet Mykles.
Rom is Dasher, the leader of Santa’s shape-shifting team of reindeer. He is the quintessential elf — smart, handsome, charming — and everyone in Santa’s Village wants him. Lon is no exception. He’s hopelessly in love with Rom, but how can he hope to get Rom’s attention? Even if he is now one of the reindeer handlers, he’s still just a plain, ordinary elf, and painfully shy to boot.
Then there’s Wod. As Dancer, he’s both Rom’s second in command and Rom’s best friend. He, too, is devilishly handsome but in a darker and — truth be told — slightly frightening way. At least, he makes Lon’s heart race and his tongue tie in knots.
When Wod unexpectedly offers to help Lon gain Rom’s attention, Lon is completely confused. To make matters worse, Wod is clear that he’d love to play with Lon himself.
Lon is used to the sexual freedom in Santa’s Village but he craves something more meaningful. He wants a real relationship. So what does he do? Keep pining for Rom or play Wod’s special brand of reindeer games?
You’ve never seen the North Pole quite like this. I loved it! While it’s basically a love triangle movie type plot that you can see coming a mile away (no surprises on how it ends here), the main characters are engaging and fun to read about, particularly Lon’s friend Bok (whose book is number 2 in the series). I was surprised at how much we got to know some of the background characters considering how short the book was.
The other thing I loved was the background provided on Santa’s Village. Even though this is a short book, you can tell that the author thought out the world she showed in the book. The more I read, the more I found myself wanting to learn more about the world this was set in.
As for the smexy times…there’s a lot. Definitely a lot. Oh, and smokin’. Let’s just say, the elves acquire more than toys to give away as gifts.
All in all, this is a fun take on Santa and his elves, and a fun holiday read that I highly recommend.