Book Reviews

Tit for Tat (Tit for Tat 1) by JS Harker

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / New Adult / Interspecies / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-June-2021

Book Blurb

Working retail during the holidays tests Derek’s supply of cheer, but the handsome new guy at the mall’s Santa’s Workshop certainly takes his mind off dreary jerks. So far, Derek has admired him from a distance, but he plans on introducing himself—if he can ever find the courage.

Flynn is a Winter fairy, out in the human world for his first extended trip. He’s ready to learn all about mortals and their funny ways. Toward the top of his list is discovering the name of the cute guy working in the toy store.

When Derek offers Flynn a bundle of homemade cookies, Flynn follows fey custom and reciprocates with a gift of his own. Tiny gifts lead to dates, and dates lead toward more. But Flynn is tied to the winter season and will lose his magic if he stays. Is their love enough, or will their relationship leave their hearts in crumbles?

 

 

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2018.

 

Book Review

This is a story that initially looks deceptively contemporary, except it stars not just Derek, an insecure college student who is recovering from a breakup, but also Flynn, an out-of-this world winter fairy who is exploring the human world. As you can imagine, what with a shy human and a-not-very-knowledgeable fairy, their romance is filled with obstacles, interference from others, and threatened to end as soon as winter is over because that is when Flynn will have to leave. It’s a sweet tale with some charming moments and very tender loving, and the solution for dealing with their potential separation as soon as spring comes around is creative and very fitting.

Derek is a college student who works in a toy store over the winter break, he has recently broken up with his cheating ex (who works in the same mall, ugh), and he desperately wants to get to know Hot Guy. But Derek is too shy to approach the stranger who works as an elf in Santa’s Workshop – until he figures he can use his mother’s cookies as an “excuse” to approach the guy of his fantasies. To his great surprise, Flynn seems interested and they start to date.

Flynn is a cute guy, interested in Derek, and adorably naïve. He clearly has a problem with some expressions and isn’t aware of a few facts of human life. Flynn takes everything literally, is honest to a fault, and he is just the right guy to appreciate Derek’s straightforward way of thinking. He also doesn’t seem to mind the cold at all, and that is a big hint indicating that he may not be quite as human as he looks at first glance.

With Derek lacking in self-confidence and Flynn insecure about how to do things “the human way”, misunderstandings are bound to happen. And they do! But the attraction between the guys is strong enough for them to want to work things out, and by the time Flynn reveals his true nature, Derek trusts and likes him enough to deal with the fallout.

If you like stories about nonhumans trying to figure out dating rituals and relationships, if you think that a shy student and a winter fairy can make things work, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with some very funny scenes and the heat of new love, then you will probably like this novel.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 221 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-May-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089G6VVJV