Operation Toy Rescue (Susan’s Review)

Title: Operation Toy Rescue
Author: Sarah Hadley Brook
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: December 15, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Holiday Romance
Page Count: unknown
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


When Jules Evergreen lands in trouble at the North Pole and gets shipped off to Snow Hope Island for ninety days, he never expects to take up the cause of the forgotten toys waiting for new homes. Falling for his new boss is not on the agenda either, but his heart has other ideas.

Felix Winterson has grown up on Snow Hope Island and now runs the place. He isn’t thrilled when party boy Jules arrives, and Felix tries hard to ignore the man’s charms. He has other problems, anyway. For years he’s tried to get Santa to look at the growing inventory of damaged toys in the warehouse, to no avail.

When Jules comes up with a plan to save the toys, the men find themselves working closely together. As Christmas Eve looms, there’s a lot at stake. Can they save Snow Hope, convince Santa to rescue the toys, and fall in love all at the same time?

This was quite cute. I wouldn’t say it had much depth, plot or character wise, but it was still a fun little Christmas story.

Jules is one of Santa’s elves, but he has never really been happy about that. Being an elf is not making him happy, so he gets into trouble a lot doing things to spice up his life.

When he gets sent to Snow Hope for 90 days after he’s gotten into trouble one too many times, Jules is not happy. Snow Hope is where toys go to die, and now apparently elves too. Well, for 90 days that is.

When Jules meets the head of Snow Hope Island, Felix, he is immediately attracted to the other man. Felix is a bit awkward and shy, but he is very passionate about Snow Hope, and Jules can’t help but feel he needs to help Felix out since it looks like Snow Hope might be shut down for good…

I can’t say I got a good feeling for either Jules or Felix with so many other things going on, but this was still entertaining. The romance was sweet but not really spicy (there is some sex, but only one scene). The focus was more on the story and the whole Christmas sweetness feel than on any real character or plot development. Jules did seemed to have changed for the better, but this was rather quick to be truly believable. But hey, I just went with it.

Nice little Christmas short about Santa’s (regular sized) elves.

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Galley copy of Operation Toy Rescue provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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