Book Reviews

Boy Toys by Shawn Bailey at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Mythological Creatures / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-December-2018

Book Blurb

Fairy Prince Beauregard (Beau) Bishop washes ashore on an uncharted island during a snowstorm and awakens in a strange bed and staring up at a strange ceiling. Then he gets to see the person who saved his life, Jack, the owner of the island. Jack has a boyish face, a slender body, white hair and sparkling blue eyes. Beau fall instantly in love and believes that Jack feels the same way, but unfortunately Beau has to leave the next day. He is headed to the North Pole, also known as Santa's Island to take over as head doctor at the only hospital in town. It isn't until Beau has a long conversation with the guy he's supposed to replace that his Jack is none other than Jack Frost, the current king of the Island of Misfit Toys.

Book Review

In this world, Jack Frost is in charge of the Island of Misfit Toys where he repairs broken ones and restores them to their former glory. When he finds a stranger shipwrecked on the shore, he saves the man, only to find out he is a fairy prince on his way to the North Pole to replace one of the doctors there. It’s an unusual setup for a nonstandard Christmas tale about disbelieving elves, lots of Christmas and elven magic, and a rather unexpected love story.

Beau may be a fairy prince who insists Fairy is real, but he refuses to believe that the legend of Santa and the North Pole could be equally true. When he is confronted with the fact that Santa is as real as he is, the memories of Jack Frost saving him after his boat went off course in a winter storm suddenly takes on new meaning as well.

Jack is all alone on his island, but he enjoys repairing toys. Meeting a good-looking fairy prince makes him wish for things he probably can’t have – or so he has always thought. When his family turns up and pressures him to turn female so he can have an heir, Jack decides being dual-sexed is more of a burden than a blessing.

If you like stories where alternate realities are “real”, if you’re curious what an encounter of several different legendary figures would be like, and if you’re looking for an entertaining tale with “supernatural” and other family drama, then you might like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 54 pages/15000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-December-2018
Price $3.99 ebook
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