Christmas Cookies: A SPRITE’S TALE
by Lexxie Couper
Having decided his uncle is due for a break, Santa’s nephew takes over the job of delivering presents and heads straight for the sun-drenched beaches of Australia.
After a cataclysmic sleigh disaster with a low-flying Qantas Stratos 1500, Santa’s nephew--aka Nick--finds himself rounding up reindeer on an isolated coastal stretch. When all seems lost--including Rudolph--Nick stumbles upon Chrissie, a woman just as mysterious as he.
Chrissie is an Australian bushland sprite, sent after Nick by his uncle. Santa has made his own decision--it’s time for his nephew to settle down. And Chrissie’s just the sprite to fill his empty heart.
Christmas is always hot in Australia. But this year, it’s going to be hotter!
Clever and unique, Lexxie Couper has written a yummy holiday fun-fest. Nick is trying to help out his uncle, but has been tied up--literally-–by a sprite who controls vegetation in an Australian rainforest. Chrissie knows what she wants, and she wants Nick. Nothing will stop this mischievous, winged hottie. She has her way with Nick in a scene that is wonderfully sexy and fun.
Using such interesting descriptions as “four-legged propulsion units” to describe reindeer, the author really immersed me into the world she created. This is not the same world we live in, but her lively descriptions made me feel as if I knew it just the same.
Reading both Chrissie and Nick’s thoughts in first person was an interesting choice, but one I felt worked quite well with the originality and fun feel of this short story. The characters’ personalities were very clear to me due, in part, to the first-person. They were fun and quirky, and I found myself liking both of them a lot.
There isn’t a firm relationship built through this hot encounter, but the couple is left at a place that could lead there--if not a "happily" ever after, we get a "hopefully" ever after.
Reviewed by Aster