Dashing von Stride has one thing on his mind: winning the window display contest for the Miracle on Main Christmas Contest. His plans are set and ready—and then he walks into his toy store, Reindeer Games, to find a sleigh that shouldn't be there. The mystery sleigh sparks a new plan, however, and now all Dash needs is the perfect Santa to model his display after.
This year, the pranks with his reindeer have gotten out of hand. Instead of preparing for the Big Day, Niklaus Kringle is hunting for his missing sleigh. Locating it should have been easy, but games easily won are seldom worth playing…
This one started out very strong and entertaining for me, but then seemed to lose a bit of steam toward the very end.
Was it cute? Undoubtedly.
Was I as giddy at the end of the book as during the first 90%? Ehhh, debatable.
The story had a good momentum going as 26 y.o. toy store owner Dash von Stride is stoked about his window decorations for the annual holiday contest.
Then once Nik showed up on the scene, with Tinsel and Pumpkin (his Royal Sentry elves) in tow, I had my popcorn out and couldn't put the book down.
Then as the story progressed and the pair became closer, I was still enthralled, with tales of an entire clan of missing von Stride elves and possible dark magic, so I very impatiently waited as those plot lines were, I logically assumed, to be flushed out.
But then they weren't. As in, at all.
The happy pair get their proverbial groove on, we get our HEA (literally, heavy emphasis on the "E"), there's a very quick mentioning of the annual decorating contest and we're out.
I felt a bit robbed after being set up to find out what happened to not only Dash's elf clan, but also his mother.
Then... crickets, crickets...
The author did an insanely good job of keeping me enthralled for the entire setup and most of the follow-through, then it was like she held up one finger, in an "I'll be right back" fashion, then just left. With those critical points of interest completely unanswered.
So the story was still a very, very solid 3.75 stars for me, but the loose ends and speedy exit totally left me scratching my head.
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return.
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