Christmas Jinx by Natalie-Nicole Bates

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Christmas Jinx by Natalie-Nicole Bates
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (39 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Marnie desperately needs an assistant. As the proprietress of For the Love of Fruitcake, her successful little home bakery, her Christmas orders are piling up. She’s had bad luck in the past with assistants, and vows this year will be different, especially now that she will be entering a Christmas Bakeoff competition.

Jinx needs a job and a home for the holidays. She’s young, sweet, and eager to please. But she’s also a jinx, just like her name.

Marnie is smitten, and hires her on the spot, but soon realizes that everything Jinx touches goes wrong, and threatens not only Marnie’s business, but the Christmas Bakeoff as well.

There must be something Jinx is good at, and that is for Jinx to know and Marnie to soon figure out

Sometimes good things can happen when you’re in the right place at the right time.

Jinx’s uncanny ability to cause accidents everywhere she went made me grin. It might have caused her a lot of embarrassment, but the scrapes she got into were so comical. I never would have guessed that anyone would find as many ways to get into trouble in an ordinary kitchen as she did. She brought a lot of laughter to the plot, though, and that was a very good thing.

I would have liked to see more attention paid to the chemistry between Jinx and Marnie. It would have been especially helpful to show more flirtation between them before anything sexual or romantic happened. Their relationship moved incredibly quickly in this story despite the fact that neither one of them came across to me as the kind of person who would jump into this sort of thing without thinking it through first. They seemed otherwise cautious about life. While I liked them both a lot as individuals, I was never quite sold on the idea of them being a great couple because of how out of character they acted when they were together. If not for this issue, I would have give this book a much higher rating.

One the things I like the most about Ms. Bates writing style how much attention she pays to everything that’s going on in her tales. Everything from the food to the settings to tender moments between the two main characters were described in great detail. All of these elements are important to me. The fact that this author pays close attention to both the erotic and the non-erotic parts of a story is a big part of the reason why I’m such a fan of her work.

Give Christmas Jinx a try if you’re in the mood for something decadent.

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