Title: Mending Noel
Series: North Pole City Tales #1
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 18, 2019
Genre(s): Holiday Story, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 64 Pages
Reviewed by: Larissa
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
All is not sparkly snowflakes and sweet candy canes in North Pole City. Office workers Tim and Noel do nothing all day but antagonize each other—petty fighting that might be based on hatred… or a heated mutual attraction. It’s up to Jack Frost and his elf-friend Rudy to broach the hostilities and introduce some Christmas kisses, but is the Frost Prince up to the challenge of launching a new romance when someone’s trying to break his holiday spirit?
Mending Noel is the first book in the North Pole City Tales that has been republished by the author. It was one of the first books I read by this author and a series I re-read every year in the weeks leading up to the holidays, usually with a new story each year until the series was finished. Now the author has republished the series and I get to enjoy them all over again. And in the case of this story, with added bits (not a lot, but still: new content).
Mending Noel is a fun and sweet Christmas story, complete with a Christmas world with all its myths and legends such as elves, Jack Frost, Reindeers, though the last are definitely not as you might think they are. No they are also not shapeshifters.
Set in this world, we find Tim, a down on his luck elf. Well not entirely, but his boss, Noel, is making his life miserable and not even Christmas cookies can make it better. Having a bad night, it’s about to get worse when he and Noel witness something they shouldn’t and are thrown together. As you can imagine, shenanigans ensue.
Even though Mending Noel is a short story, it gives a good impression of the setting and has a small but decent plot with more than two characters. There is no other way to describe this story as fun and sweet. It has the element of enemies to lovers though you can’t really describe Tim and Noel as enemies. Tim is too sweet to see someone as an enemy.
Not much has changed from the original version, except for a short steamy scene at the end. Personally I thought it could have been left out, but you might like it.
Mending Noel and the other stories in the North Pole City Tales are perfect to read in the days leading up to the holidays.