Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Release Day Review: Disarming Donner by Charlie Cochet #Review #Giveaway

Author: Charlie Cochet
Book: Disarming Donner
Series: North Pole City Tales #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: December 21, 2016
Length: 76 pages

Reviewed by Erin


As a beloved Rein Dear and Christmas elf for Mayor Kringle, Donner prides himself on his flawless reputation, good sense, and wise decisions. Donner never does anything until he’s thought it through properly. He’s certainly not one to get flustered, infuriated, or fall prey to romantic nonsense. At least not until the most unlikely of elves begins chipping away at Donner’s defenses.

Calder is a Dockalfar—a dark elf. He’s wicked, untrustworthy, and armed with lethal magic. At least that’s what everyone thinks. It’s easy for them to believe the worst and mistrust him before they’ve even spoken to him, but Calder is out to prove that he’s more than his Dockalfar blood, especially to a certain Rein Dear who has caught his eye. But it will take more than sweet words for Donner to admit what’s in his heart.

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It would not be Christmas without a North Pole City book from Charlie Cochet. About Thanksgiving, I start getting excited and as each day of December passes, I get even more so knowing that I'll get to visit the fabulous, magical world of Rein Dears, Mayor Kringle, and the Frost King once again. This series of Charlie's is truly something special and is an absolute must for anyone who loves holiday stories. Her newest addition, Disarming Donner, is just as full of wonder and spirit as the ones before. 

Donner, is one of Mayor Kringle's most trustworthy Christmas elves. He's known for being steadfast and honorable, and definitely not one to act whimsical or fanciful like many of his other Rein Dear brothers. Things like swooning for Dockalfar's for instance. Or more accurately, one Dockalfar in particular. Calder is a dark elf who also happens to be Cupid's brother, and as such has been invited to Jack Frost's palace to help train Cupid to use his dark magic in good ways. Calder is misunderstood. As a Dockalfar he's assumed to be evil and nefarious, when in truth, he only wants to do good. Unlike his and Cupid's brother, Gunne, Calder just wants to be accepted and not feared. Though the fear is justified, after all it was during the Frost War that the Dockalfar's had killed the Queen of Frost. 

What happens once the people of North Pole City see that Calder is more than he appears, is he not only melts their hearts, but Donner's as well. These two were just too sweet for words together. Snarky banter and then lots of tender flirting had me smiling from the first page of this book until the exciting end. Truly, it wouldn't feel like Christmas without a visit to one on my favorite places. Full of warm, happy feelings, Disarming Donner is the perfect way to spend an hour or so in front of the Christmas tree with a decadent mug of hot chocolate, a fluffy blanket, and your favorite Christmas carols playing on the radio. Do yourselves a favor and make sure you read all the North Pole City books, you'll thank me for it. I promise.


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