Title: Rufus and the Angel
Author: Karly Maddison
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Rufus, Thadeus
Sub-Genre: Holiday, Fantasy, Romance
Rufus the Christmas elf is grumpy over the festive season–none of the holiday angels will help him top Santa’s tree–he still hasn’t lived down using a starfish last year. The angels’ belligerent teasing sets Rufus’s nerves on edge until Thadeus asks Rufus to ice-dance on the frozen pond. Shortly after their magical interlude, a random kiss in the snow leaves Rufus hankering for the tangible affections of the angel he’s secretly admired for some time–one who’s as impossible to capture and hold as the thistledown riding the twilight breeze. While Rufus considers his options, Santa asks him to deliver a remarkable, old toy to a dying hospital patient. The toy has special significance, clouded in mystery, and only Thadeus can reveal its hidden secrets. With a little bit of time travel, Rufus is taken back to a day long past and shown why the gift is so important, and why Rufus has special relevance to his favorite Christmas angel.
Rufus and the Angel is a sweet and whimsical holiday story that will leave a smile on your face. I thought the author did a good job at creating the world in which, Rufus, the elf lives in. Santa’s village came to life and her descriptive storytelling ability kept this reader glued to her e-reader from start to finish.
This is definitely a sweet tale. I liked both Rufus and Thadeus and enjoyed the chemistry and banter the two had between them. I also thought the story itself was well-told and interesting and before I knew it, the story had come to an end. What kept me from giving this a higher ranking than I did was that I felt like their relationship was just a little too fast. I would have liked more of a back-story between them and would have loved it if they were able to have another scene or three together. Otherwise, this is a good, solid read and it definitely has a strong holiday spirit undertone to it in which I really liked. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and it definitely won’t be my last.
Reviewed By: Gabbi