Title: Reindeer Games
Author Name & Publisher: Kenzie Cade (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: December 9, 2015
Dashing von Stride has one thing on his mind: winning the window display contest for the Miracle on Main Christmas Contest. His plans are set and ready—and then he walks into his toy store, Reindeer Games, to find a sleigh that shouldn’t be there. The mystery sleigh sparks a new plan, however, and now all Dash needs is the perfect Santa to model his display after.
This year, the pranks with his reindeer have gotten out of hand. Instead of preparing for the Big Day, Niklaus Kringle is hunting for his missing sleigh. Locating it should have been easy, but games easily won are seldom worth playing…
Combine Cinderella with wolf mating, include devoted elves/sentries and teenage reindeer who love to prank, add a dash of Peter Pan and you have one awesome Christmas story.
The author creates a perfect set of characters. Dash is your workaholic, young toy store owner with a BFF by the name of Wendy and you have the hunky, gorgeous Nik who takes his heart and the sentries Pumpkin and Tinsel. The names the author gives the characters are so holiday appropriate and causes one to giggle. The reindeer are cute and so lovable. I wish they were more in the story.
I highly recommend this book. I will even go so far as to say it is a must read for the Christmas season. It’s short, you can read it in under two hours, and will refresh you and get you ready for the holiday season.
This is a quick, fun read that I was able to enjoy in a single afternoon. At first, I thought it was going to just be a cute and fluffy “St. Nick finds a boyfriend” kind of tale, but I was wrong, and I loved this unusual take on a common Christmas theme.
For such a short story, there was a lot of world-building. I was a little confused toward the beginning, but everything unfolded nicely and I caught up fast. There wasn’t a lot of time spent on explaining everything about the particulars of the North Pole and its magic. It was nicely woven into the story, which is the best way to do it when space is limited. Though I have to admit, I would have enjoyed a longer story–Nic’s world was fascinating, and I wanted to know more.
I was surprised that it took a more serious turn with the elf magic and everything that went along with it. Even so, there wasn’t much dramatic tension. There were several storylines that had some conflict, but it never seemed to go anywhere. I hope that’s because there will be more stories set in this world.
My favorite part was the surprise at the end which brought the story full-circle and utterly delighted me. I found a number of elements to be fresh takes on classic fairy tale Christmas magic, which was fun and enjoyable.
This is a lovely book to accompany hot cocoa and a plate of cookies.
Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes to fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story.