5, 4 and 3.5 Stars for Mission Mistletoe (Sleigh Ride -2015 Advent Calendar) by Jessica Payseur #MM #SciFi @ClowderofTwo


Title: Mission Mistletoe (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Jessica Payseur (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 49 pgs


Captain Archer Pfeil’s current assignment has been nothing but one long string of disasters. As if being dumped right before Christmas wasn’t enough, the mounting misfortunes indicate he’ll be out of a job by the end of his mission.

But it’s difficult to salvage the assignment with Ambassador Ilin a’dlen Jhex around, pushing all Archer’s buttons. He struggles to keep his distance from the out-of-bounds ambassador, but Jhex has other plans in mind….

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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I really liked this little holiday novella. it was fun to watch as Jhex learns about holidays in order to seduce the captain and to see the banter and angst between the two men as neither one is sure of how to take the next step or if they really want that as it is unheard of.
It is a very slow burn and we don’t actually get any ‘gratification’ but it was a interesting read with a well built world that pulled the reader in with easy to understand and not overwhelming descriptions.
I would definitely read this author again!


Very sweet and cute holiday novella!

Captain Archer has just been dumped and put on a assignment to show Ambassador Jhex around. Jhex is very attracted to Archer and vice versa but Archer is leery and fighting his attraction.

I loved this world this author created in this book.. I have to admit I am a huge sci-fi romance fan and this book was just so good. Now this was a slow burn and usually I really do not mind that at all but for a book this short I have to say it was just too much of a slow burn for me… I would have liked to have seen then together a little more then I got too. But other than that I really loved this story and characters this author created.

So I will leave this review with… I really liked this Novella!



First I’m not one much for science fiction but this one was interesting and for the most past enjoyable. I never read anything from this author, but thought I‘d give this one a try. Like I said previously I enjoyed the book, the characters (Archer & Jhex) defiantly very thought-out but I failed to feel any heat from them. I did enjoy the author’s writing style and that made it a more enjoyable read.



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Charles Payseur currently resides in the frozen reaches of Wisconsin, where his partner, a gaggle of pets, and more craft beer than is strictly healthy help him through the long winters. He works an incredibly boring day job so that his nights can be filled with spaceships, magic, and attractive men kissing (and maybe a bit more than kissing…). His work can also be found at Torquere Press, Circlet Press, and in Lightspeed Magazine’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction! When not writing fiction and poetry, he contributes to a number of blogs and review sites, and runs a home for his thoughts on short speculative fiction at Quick Sip Reviews (www.quicksipreviews.blogspot.com). On Twitter as @ClowderofTwo he annoys the internet with far too many cat pictures and cocktail recipes.


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