Series: Stand Alone
Published by Whiskey Creek Press on November 15, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Holiday, Romance
Being one of Santa’s elves isn’t all sugar plums and candy canes.
At least not for Sosie. Taller than the other elves, she’s always had a problem fitting in at the North Pole, so when the transport sled she’s on breaks down in New York City on Christmas Eve, she can’t resist slipping away to explore the world of the “big people.” While she’s having fun, the transport sled takes off, leaving the naïve elf stranded.
Fortunately, handsome police detective Derek Clayton comes to her rescue, offering to let her stay at his apartment. Having heard horror stories about the big people, Sosie is both surprised and relieved to meet such a kind, sweet man. Not to mention one so gorgeous and well-built.
Even though Sosie expects the North Pole to send out a search party any day, she finds herself falling for Derek anyway. She desperately wants to tell him she’s an elf, but knows he’ll never believe her. When the lies and omissions start to pile up, Derek can draw only one conclusion—Sosie is working for the mob boss he’s been after for years.
Just when things seem like they can’t get any worse, the chief of elfin security shows up to drag Sosie back to the North Pole. How is a runaway elf supposed to overcome a determined security elf, dangerous mobsters and a suspicious boyfriend all while keeping her pointed ears a secret?
My Initial Reaction…
Santa’s Wayward Elf is a great story for the holiday season, especially if you’re looking for a sweet blend of naughty & nice.
Santa’s Wayward Elf is told from the point of view of Sosie, the wayward elf, and Derek, a NY City police detective. I really enjoyed both characters, thought they were simple and uncomplicated.
Sosie is an 80-something year old elf (they live hundreds of years), who’s never quite fit in. She’s almost five feet tall, which makes her incredibly taller than the other elves. She’s been very unsuccessful finding a male elf that can overlook her height. Plus she’s bored working in Santa’s Workshop, despite her fairly recent reassignment to the sex toys department. <---- That was our first sign that this book was going to have plenty of naughty to mix with the nice 😉 Anyway, I thought Paige Tyler did a good job making sure we saw Sosie as a woman (otherwise this story would have been ewwy). I think it would have been easy to see her as a child because she's extremely naive and trusting when it comes to the world of BPs (Big People), not to mention short and adorable. But she's got curves in all the right places, is experienced sexually, and well, she's in her eighties! I found her really funny to read - she misinterprets BP phrases all the time and has her own set of curse words (like Figgy, or Santa's Sleigh Bells). Then there's Derek. I liked him, but couldn't help rolling my eyes a bit, because no way this guy made it to lead detective in organized crime. What NY City detective is going to take in a girl like Sosie and accept her lies? I mean when he asked her old she was she had to think about it, said thirty - he looked at her funny - and then she said "twenty-five?" Yes, with the question mark. And there was tons of that - plus all the things she didn't know. I know this is a Christmas story about an elf - but I found Sosie's existence more believable than that Derek was a cop, let alone a detective. Believability aside, he was a super sweet guy and I enjoyed the steamy scenes between him and Sosie quite a lot.
The story for Santa’s Wayward Elf was a cute one. It was sweet watching Sosie finding her way among the Big People and even though the story was predictable – the moment I started reading I knew where the main story line was headed – it was still enjoyable to watch how Sosie would get to that end point. The added story line of Derek and the mob boss he was trying to take down was an interesting addition to the story and actually added a couple twists that I didn’t expect. There was also a twist involving the elf world that I didn’t entirely expect, so that was cool. I really enjoyed the world of the elves too, though we didn’t actually see the North Pole directly we do hear a lot from Sosie’s memories and comparisons to the Big People’s world.
All in all Santa’s Wayward Elf was a sweet Christmas story that I’d recommend for a quick fun and spicy holiday read.