Book Reviews

The Working Elf Blues by Piper Vaughn at Less Than Three Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-December-2014

Book Blurb

Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he's watched that boy grow into a man, and now he's determined to give Wes a Christmas he'll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father's sleigh before leaving...

Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he's woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn't know how to react. Wes isn't fanciful. He doesn't give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays...


Book Review

I'm a sucker for a holiday story. It's true, I can't deny it. And I picked the best day to read 'The Working Elf Blues' by Piper Vaughn. Even though I live in oh-so-sunny southern Arizona, I'm a cold weather, gray, overcast girl at heart. So, on a day when it was drizzling, overcast, and no sun in sight, I grabbed this new release, snuggled under the blankets, drank hot tea, and read this utterly delightful Christmas short.

I can guarantee that I fell in love with both Garnet and Wes, instantly. Garnet because, well, an elf who has a reputation for screwing up, and steals his dad's untested sleigh? Yep. That screamed a little goofy and geeky to me, which always makes my heart melt. And he's been in love with Wes for fifteen years, and has kept checking up on him? Definitely my kind of man… ummm, elf. Wes? Well, that was easy. Any man who has three huskies, and a malamute, and loves them to distraction? Sold. My heart is yours.

Wes has a tough time believing Garnet's story about being an elf, and a toymaker at the North Pole for Santa. Wes hasn't had an easy life, and he left childish dreams and hopes behind a very long time ago. Right after his parents died and he went into the system, in fact. And definitely after his adoptive father died, when they'd only had four years together. So, Wes has no family, no one to care about him. He has a successful woodworking business, but he shies away from society, not really knowing how to interact, and stays with his dogs.

Oh, such a sweet, lovely, romantic beyond belief holiday story. My only complaint? I could've read a lot more, Piper. *grins* Seriously, this is a wonderful short story about the true magic of love.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 54 pages/13500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-December-2014
Price $2.99 ebook
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