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Friday, January 29, 2010

Exiles from Christmas by Sandra Sookoo

Exiles from Christmas by Sandra Sookoo
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Short (44 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Can Jayne convince Santa to take her off the naughty list?

Santa’s nephews have come to Crystal Falls to run a cookie business. If they fail, they’ll have to go back to the North Pole and fill their uncle’s black boots when he retires. But sick of toys, elves, and the North Pole’s influence, that’s the last thing Landon and Aaron want. They’re looking for love.

Jayne isn’t much for sentimental family holidays and she certainly doesn’t believe in magic. Working in the Crystal Falls post office, she is mystified when she handles mail bearing a North Pole postal mark.

When Landon and Jayne meet, their attraction for each other is undeniable, but will the truth about Landon’s life make Jayne’s a believer, or will it be his love that finally melts her heart?

“Very witty, Jayne. Funny and sexy. A great combination...”

This quote initially describes one of the main characters from “Exiles from Christmas”, but it also serves well to describe the short novel in its entirety.

The story centers on one side, on Jayne, an unbeliever of Christmas or anything magic. Through her eyes, we see what perhaps most of society thinks about the holiday season today: it is time for avarice and greed. On the other side, there’s Landon, Santa Claus’ nephew.

Magical sparks fly and love surges between them. Inevitably, I found myself hooked by “Exiles from Christmas”. When will they kiss? Will it work out? What about Landon’s brother, Aaron? Will he be an obstacle with his Roman god good looks?

Ms. Sookoo promptly answers all the questions, accompanied with a good dose of humor, and a lot of Christmas magic -- all except one: What is wrong with Aaron? This one loose thread left me wanting more.

Regardless, “Exiles from Christmas” is definitely a nice read for Christmas or at any time of the year if you want to be put into the holiday mood and wish to be reminded that it is believing that counts, not seeing.