Published by Entangled Publishing on November 27th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
Orphan Liam Ryan isn’t asking for much this Christmas--just his Uncle John. And he’s counting on Father Christmas to find a way to make that happen.
But when Father Christmas tosses Liam’s letter, claiming that the kid is asking the impossible, his daughter, Winter, takes over. Half-pixie, Winter, longs to do something important with her life, starting with getting a job at the Order of the Shadow Accords, the organization that polices the supernatural world. When she discovers Liam’s uncle works for the Order, it seems like fate.
Savaged by werewolves and bitten by a vampire, no one knows what to expect of John Ryan, but it won’t be anything good. So there’s no way he’s getting involved with his nephew...or anyone else. Worse, he’s getting a babysitter over the holidays. But when he meets irrepressible Winter, all that matters is whether she likes her guys to be naughty or nice....
Novellas are the perfect medium for Christmas themed stories: perfect to read in one sitting under a blanket on a gray day. That said, I think I would have gladly read a full length novel about Ryan and Winter and their roller-coaster week before Christmas. BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS featured characters that got you invested quickly and kept you hooked until the end.
Winter was a great, well-developed heroine. She’s half-pixie, which makes her a bit impetuous and flighty, but she’s caring too. Yes, she screws up big time, but it fits with the character and she fights hard to make it right. I got a kick out of people telling Ryan to be careful because Winter’s dad is a really important, scary man. They’re not wrong: you don’t want to piss off Father Christmas.
There was one point in the story where I felt a conflict was resolved too quickly, but since it’s only 122 pages long, I’ll let it slide. Other than that the pacing was really satisfying. As Christmas approaches and the chapters count down the days, the action and passion heat up, culminating in a satisfying end to both. The relationship moves at a realistic pace and had a believable connection.
I’ve not read any of the other ORDER books but I wasn’t at all confused by anything in BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS, which is impressive. If you want original characters with a good serving of holiday cheer, pick up this novella right now.Series Titles: