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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Reindeer Games by Jet Mykles

Reindeer Games by Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Holiday, Paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy
Length: Short Story (86 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Buttercup

Rom is Dasher, the leader of Santa’s shape-shifting team of reindeer. He is the quintessential elf -- smart, handsome, charming -- and everyone in Santa’s Village wants him. Lon is no exception. He’s hopelessly in love with Rom, but how can he hope to get Rom’s attention? Even if he is now one of the reindeer handlers, he’s still just a plain, ordinary elf, and painfully shy to boot.

Then there’s Wod. As Dancer, he’s both Rom’s second in command and Rom’s best friend. He, too, is devilishly handsome but in a darker and -- truth be told -- slightly frightening way. At least, he makes Lon’s heart race and his tongue tie in knots.

When Wod unexpectedly offers to help Lon gain Rom’s attention, Lon is completely confused. To make matters worse, Wod is clear that he’d love to play with Lon himself.

Lon is used to the sexual freedom in Santa’s Village but he craves something more meaningful. He wants a real relationship. So what does he do? Keep pining for Rom or play Wod's special brand of reindeer games?

Rediscover the magic of Christmas! This enchanting holiday tale might be for adults only but will leave you smiling like a kid on Christmas morning. Christmas magic, reindeer shifters, shy elves, and a well intentioned friend with a penchant for sex toys...I know what I want for Christmas. Jet Mykles has created a fabulous world full of magic, friendship, and love.

One of the things I like the most about Jet Mykles' stories is all the little things, things you might not always notice on the first read. The things that amuse you like the fact that it's the reindeer Cupid in his elf form that inadvertently starts Lon on his path to find his true love. Or the fact that the word Christmas is used as everything from an exclamation of excitement to an expletive. I simply adore the fact that Santa Clause is actually a woman who wears an enchanted coat. And that all the male elves seem to have three letter names. None of these things are instrumental to the story, but they make the read all the more enjoyable for them.

Lon is simply adorable, he's painfully shy and so easily embarrassed, you just want to give him a hug. I think part of his attraction to Rom stems from the fact that he knows nothing will ever come from it. Rom is a notorious playboy, and Lon is too shy to ever approach him and tell him how he feels. The combination of the two keeps Lon quite safe lusting after Rom from afar. I like how Lon's friendship with Bok is portrayed, although they are opposite in almost every way they bond between them is obvious. Of course Bok is a very important character since he is the one that gives Lon the dildo that ends up causing him so much trouble. I find it amusing that in all of the travels the dildo makes it never actually ends up in the hands of Rom, the one who it was intended for.

Wod is the epitome of dark and mysterious. There are definitely things about him that make you wonder if there is more going on than meets the eye. With the rumors abounding about the possibility of the dark elf being of a different kind of fae, things that might normally be taken for granted now stop and give pause. Like when Lon innocently stumbles upon Rom and his lover for the evening, and is compelled to leave. It is natural to assume that Lon left because of his shy and good nature. But when we find out that Wod had followed Lon and witnessed the events occurring, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Wod used magic to make Lon's desire to leave more urgent than it was. Not that I think Wod would try to manipulate or intentionally hurt Lon in any way, it just makes you wonder.

Of course in the end everyone ends up exactly with who they are supposed to end up with. Although I must say it's very mean to tease us all by leaving the boys looking over a bounty of toys without letting us see which ones they decide to play with. Although since Bok is the one who acquisitioned they toys in the first place I suspect that he and Rom will have plenty to play with when it's time for their story. I so look forward to reading it.

Sexy elves and Christmas magic make Reindeer Games a truly enjoyable read. Not even close to the traditional Christmas story, Jet Mykles gives you a short and sexy ride that will have you experiencing the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.

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