Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I don’t typically like Christmas romances. I’ve read a handful of them since I began reading romances 3 years ago. Jana Aston’s Reindeer Falls romances are a guaranteed sure thing for me, however. The newest book of this series (book 4) is Elves with Benefits, and it’s everything a Christmas story should be.
1) It shouldn’t take itself too seriously, and it doesn’t. I love the different ways that Aston plays with the theme of Christmas through the town of Reindeer Falls. Also, her heroine, Maggie, is so very over the top. Aston describes her as elvish and adorable, and she should be Santa’s helper if her actions in Reindeer Falls are anything to go by.
2) A Christmas-loving heroine should fall in love with a Grinch-like grump of a hero. That is truly the case for Elves with Benefits. For each moment that Maggie vomits forth all things Christmas, Ryan is her foil, her antithesis. This obviously creates some serious heat between the two that is clearly realized in this story. For me, the hardest part of this story, and the reason for the 4-star review is the one-person POV. I would have loved Ryan’s POV in this story. However, this story is meant to be a bite-sized nugget of fun for Christmas.
3) It should not be a LONG story. And Elves with Benefits is not. It is the perfect little morsel of story.
Overall, if you are looking for an easy, spicy Christmas story, a perfect afternoon read on the weekend in the midst of Christmas shopping or hiding away from relatives, then you will definitely want this book. In the end, you will adore Maggie and Ryan.
In love and romance,