Book Reviews

Rexly the Randy Reindeer (Isle of Misfit Toys) by Stephani Hecht at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shifters / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-December-2018

Book Blurb

Rexly has been a very naughty reindeer. He drinks like a fish, smokes like a Dogg and sleeps around with just about the entire North Pole, and he loves to play pranks. Not only that, but he can't shift into his full reindeer from. Only his ears and tail come out, leaving him looking a fool and feeling miserable. He isn't totally surprised when the message comes from Santa himself that Rexly has been reassigned to the Island of Misfit Toys. So, with a heavy heart, he leaves the only home he's ever known.


Leo the King of the Island of Misfit Toys is a shifter himself. Like Rexly, though, he's one of a kind. He's a Lion with wings, which is why he was sent to lead the toys at the island in the first place. He takes one look at his new charge and is immediately intrigued.


But, Rexly isn't ready to open his heart to anybody in that way. After being burned so many times in the past, he has seven-foot thick emotional shields up and he's not about to lower them. Yet, if Rexly refuses he could miss out on his one opportunity for a happily ever after. Can Rexly trust enough to love Leo back, or are they both doomed to remain alone forever?


Book Review

Rejection hurts, whatever the reason behind it, and when it happens in a place that is supposed to be nice, like the North Pole, it is twice as bad. In a story that shows how even the nicest place might just have a darker side, Christmas magic is given a different interpretation. The main character, Rexly, has been through a lot, and his banishment to the Island of Misfit Toys turns out to be exactly what he needs to finally find acceptance and happiness.

Rexly has been in trouble practically as long as he has been alive. And even though based on the initial part of the description, he does not sound like a very nice reindeer at all, as soon as I found out that he can only do a part-shift, I figured that behavior has a reason. And the more I learned about how he has been treated by everyone at the North Pole, the more I could see how it was time for him to leave.

Leo is in charge of the Misfits that don’t fit into the ideas of perfection at the North Pole, and he has his own opinion about what Santa is up to. He has an interesting way of looking at perfection – and it’s clear that anyone who does not fit that image has a price to pay. In this world, misfits of all kinds end up with him, and he has built a different kind of society based on tolerance and valuing those differences.

It takes Rexly a while to figure out that he is not in for a punishment or more humiliation. He makes friends, and for the first time in his life is treated with decency and respect. It was great fun to watch him change from a loudmouthed, defensive brat to a guy who contributes to society. Seeing Leo and him fall for each other made everything even better.

If you’re looking for a romance set in the fantastical world of Santa, if you want to see a misfit make friends and fall in love, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read filled with surprises, 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 21-December-2018
Price $3.99 ebook
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