Book Reviews

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-November-2016

Book Blurb

Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day. 

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian. 

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.

Book Review

Librarians, a mysteriously troubled or maybe tragic past, an addiction to Christmas, and even Christmas miracles sound like pretty perfect ingredients for a story to me. And when it is also written by Eli Easton, one of my favorite authors, I was pretty sure I’d love it before even opening the e-book file. I am happy to report that ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles’ is sweet, made me smile and cry in equal measure, contained quite a bit of suspense, and is going straight onto my “reread when cheering up is required” list. Adorable!

Toby, a junior librarian, tells the story, and he does an excellent job. He is twenty-three, likes working at the library in his hometown, has a lot of respect for the “older” Mr. Miggles who is in his midthirties, and has a flashy boyfriend called Justin. I didn’t like the way Justin treats Toby – what with always borrowing money he doesn’t repay and not spending a lot of time with Toby – but it takes Toby a lot longer to figure out he has a choice. Toby’s past emerges slowly as Mr. Miggles celebrates the pre-Christmas season, and while they are employer and employee, there is a definite undercurrent of potential for more. Not that either of them would have acted on it without Mr. Miggles being accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and Toby realizing he is the only one who can help.

The blatant unfairness of what happens and the suspense of how Toby is going to fix it almost killed me. Seriously! And all along Toby keeps discovering more nice things that Mr. Miggles did for practically everyone who visits the library… I got so upset about the injustice of it all that I almost stopped reading a few times. But I couldn’t do that either - I HAD to know how this was going to end. I was hanging on by the skin of my teeth, I tell you. There has rarely been a more oh-my-God-how-are they-going-to-make-it happy ending in the history of Christmas stories. Nail-biting!
If you like sweet Christmas stories that go from nicely harmless to shocking you with a suspenseful bite, if you have a thing for librarians and all the good they do, and if you’re looking for a read that is as intense as a thriller but manages a miraculously beautiful happy ending, then go buy and read this novel. It’s one of Eli Easton’s best books ever. Seriously!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 154 pages/50000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-November-2016
Price $3.99 ebook
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