Book Reviews

Home is Where The Heart Is by Pelaam at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shapeshifters / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-December-2018

Book Blurb

On the IslandI of Misfits, Artie waits. As a teddy bear toy, no one wanted him, and he yearns for love and his forever home. When finally taken back to the human world, Artie doesn't find a child waiting to claim him. Instead he has a life he never dreamed of…and a niece to care for as Christmas fast approaches.


He's given an opportunity for love but only has until Christmas. If he fails, he'll lose not only the memories of his past life, but the chance to be united with his soul mate.


In a magical antique shop, Artie finds the man of his dreams. With time running out can Artie not just have his own happy ever after but save the shop from the owner's unscrupulous nephew.


Book Review

In a world where rejected toys are banned to the Island of Misfits, where they have a human and a toy form, and where they sometimes get a second chance to find a child to love them, Artie the teddy bear has a particularly tough time. He sums up the problem perfectly: “[Artie] wasn’t what the modern child seemed to want anymore. He wasn’t mechanical, didn’t transform into anything spectacular, wasn’t brightly colored, or particularly squishy. Just an old-fashioned teddy bear. The type that belongs to another era, one long-since gone.” I know that toys are not alive, but the child in me can’t help but hope that, secretly, they can mysteriously come alive and be as real as a human. So I really felt for Artie and any other toys that have gone “out of fashion” over the years and was hoping that his fondest wish to find love would be magically granted. Especially since all toys ending up on the island, according to Jack Frost, have a particular spark that destines them for something special.

The story of Artie really is magical – he has both a human life and memories and his teddy bear life. Alternating between the things he sees in the shop, where his teddy form is waiting to find a child to love him, and the things he experiences as a human man, Christmas preparations and his niece’s visit for two weeks take up his time. Artie meets Cody, who works in the toy shop, and they hit it off. But the toy shop owner’s greedy nephew has evil plans of modernizing the place and figuring out what he is up to and avoiding disaster keeps Artie (in both forms) and Cody quite busy.

If you prefer your Christmas stories to be of the truly magical variety, if you think every geeky man and somewhat neglected toy deserve a happy ending, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of sweet moments, a touch of drama, and a wonderful cast of characters, then you will probably like this novella. I think it’s super cute!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 21000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-December-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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