Silver Bells by Dahlia Rose

BELLS
Silver Bells by Dahlia Rose
Reindeer Games
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Holiday, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (43 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed Astilbe

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

The song grated on his nerves every time someone hummed it. But what could he expect, being named Danny Grinch and living in Christmas Town U.S.A.? Being the wood craftsman and the creator of Unique Toys didn’t help matters. He was the go to guy for crafted toys around the holidays and while everyone else were enjoying the season. He worked up till Christmas Eve to fill orders.

But maybe this year would be different with his new shop helper, Tia Davis. With skin like cappuccino and a silver streak in her hair, she came in to the shop each morning with a cup of hot chocolate and a smile just for him. Danny felt his attraction grow with each passing day and vowed to make Tia his naughty little elf. Especially after their first kiss, he saw another side of Tia that wasn’t just cheerful. She was wickedly arousing — and damn if he didn’t want more.

Few people have any idea what their coworkers do when they’re not at work, but Tia and Danny might just find out the answer to this question.

The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling hot. What I adored the most about their interactions was how much history there already was between them. The fact that they’d known each other for so long before the events of this tale began meant that there weren’t any awkward moments of introduction. They already knew so much about each other as friends that the transition to something that might be more than that was a silky smooth one.

There was one subplot that I would have liked to see more attention paid to understanding it. It involves Tia’s mother and so much time was spent building up to what it might be that I was surprised by how it was handled once it was finally discussed. The subject matter of this subplot was interesting both on its own, as well as what it showed me about the characters who were involved in it. All it needed was more time to develop and a sense of closure.

Both of the main characters in this tale had fascinating backstories. While I can’t say anything about them without giving away spoilers, of course, but I really liked getting to know both Danny and Tia as complicated, nuanced individuals. It made me wish even harder that they’d find their happy ending than I might have otherwise.

Silver Bells made me smile. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for something romantic.

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