I’m surprised by how much I liked this! Which is not a dig at the author. I just wasn’t sure from the description if this would be a book for me, especially with all the focus on sex and BDSM. But I like SFF Christmas books, so I gave this a try anyway, and it was great! (Well, the prologue threw me off a bit, but the book got better after that.)
This worked so well for me because the characters were well-written and interesting. They had unique personalities, and I understood why they were doing the things they were doing. They were immediately drawn to each other and wanting to jump into the sex and BDSM and all that, but they weren’t just props for sex scenes. It was all written in a way that felt believable and sexy, because I could feel what the characters were feeling. Also, I’ve never read about a character who needed a Dom as much as Coal did, needed someone to care for him, because he was a mess on his own.
And this wasn’t just about sex! Yeah, that and pain were big parts of it, but there were other things going on in the relationship and story too.
Coal was fiery, feisty, and impulsive. Angus was controlled, methodical, and put together. They sort of balanced each other out. Angus could reign Coal in, and Coal could make Angus come undone. And despite Angus’s sort of grumpiness at the start, he was always a caring person.
I was also intrigued by Spencer, a sort of side character. He added an element of unpredictability for me because I really didn’t know what to think of him, what he was up to. I didn’t necessarily like him, he didn’t seem like the best person, but he showed a sense of responsibility and care sometimes, and I couldn’t bring myself to dislike him either. (I eventually learned one thing that seemed pretty questionable, but whatever, it’s a book, and I don’t know about extreme kinks.)
This was also quite Christmassy, which I appreciate in a Christmas book, what with Coal being a wish-granting Christmas fairy and all.
Overall, a sweet and sexy BDSM Christmas book with a bit of supernatural magic!
*Each book in this series focuses on different characters. This one can be read as a standalone. But if you plan to read the other books, these are best read in order if you want to understand the whole Christmas fairy thing and one plotline that is running through all the books.*
Anyone who likes sweet and sexy Dom/sub romance, sex scenes that mix pain with pleasure, grumpy/disciplined + perky/impulsive pairings, and Christmas festiveness.