Gingersnaps: Santa Paws by Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Short Story
Rating: 4 Books
“’Twas the night before Christmas…”
JR Thornton seeks redemption for his many unwitting evil deeds by dressing up in a Santa suit to deliver gifts to an orphanage, but the angry wood fairy guarding the house is more interested in blowing his head off.
Phaedra hates JR for destroying her home forest and the lives of her family. Now a caregiver putting herself through college, she’s determined to give the most evil and handsome man she knows a piece of her mind.
So why does she want so badly to sit in Santa’s lap?
This fast-paced story will make you laugh and long at equal intervals – it’s a perfect holiday tale that brings together a feisty fairy and a lonely werewolf on Christmas Eve. Neither really likes the other at first, but that doesn’t stop them from jumping each other’s bones as soon as they find themselves alone! The dialogue is witty and the sex quick and dirty – in fact the only reservation I have about this story is that Phaedra can’t stand JR (he destroyed her family’s home) yet has no qualms about tearing off his clothes as soon as she can.
Though the story is short, it does bring its readers to a satisfying happy ending, and the characters change enough that I did believe their transformations and motivations, by the end. Probably the cleverest element of this story is the way the author mixes in lines and plot points from the famous “Night Before Christmas” poem. Who knew that child’s poem could have a red-hot hidden meaning? You’ll enjoy this story with a steaming cup of cocoa, curled up next the Christmas tree. Might want to have some candy canes close, by, too!