Release Day Review ~ Disarming Donner by Charlie Cochet
Title: Disarming Donner
Series: North Pole City Tales: Book Five
Author: Charlie Cochet
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Category: Fantasy: Fairy Tales, Holiday
As a beloved Rein Dear and Christmas elf for Mayor Kringle, Donner prides himself on his flawless reputation, good sense, and wise decisions. Donner never does anything until he’s thought it through properly. He’s certainly not one to get flustered, infuriated, or fall prey to romantic nonsense. At least not until the most unlikely of elves begins chipping away at Donner’s defenses.
Calder is a Dockalfar—a dark elf. He’s wicked, untrustworthy, and armed with lethal magic. At least that’s what everyone thinks. It’s easy for them to believe the worst and mistrust him before they’ve even spoken to him, but Calder is out to prove that he’s more than his Dockalfar blood, especially to a certain Rein Dear who has caught his eye. But it will take more than sweet words for Donner to admit what’s in his heart.
Wow! What a fun and unique world Charlie Cochet has created with this wintery tale of love. This is my first book in this series and while I definitely am now going to go back and read the previous books, not reading them didn't detract from my enjoyment of Disarming Donner.
I had no idea what to expect so I was surprised at the different types of elves and their respective jobs and/or backgrounds. Donner a Rein Dear is an elf pilot with the Rein Dear squadron. He is not too happy that the Prince of Frost has allowed dark elf Calder, a Dockalfar, to assist in training Cupid in magic. The more he tries to avoid Calder the more he seems to be thrown together with him.
Calder, however, has never been mean. Instead, he's always embraced the good in himself and craved love instead of evil. He is fascinated by Donner and tries to show him he shouldn't be afraid of him. Eventually, he is thrown into a situation where he finally is able to show everyone exactly who he really is.
I loved Calder, he was so sweet and caring. He put up with a lot from those around him, all due to his blood and not who he really was. Never did he allow it to dictate his life or his actions, though. He remained big-hearted no matter what.
I found myself loving this world of Rein Dear and Frost Royalty. Toy Soldiers and Sugar Plum fairies. Dockalfar and Candy Kingdoms. If you like fun, fantastical stories about love, I'd definitely recommend Disarming Donner.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*