Dana reviews The Fairy Shop by Tara Lain (Published by Dreamspinner Press, December 1, 2019, 64 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: I am a fan of Tara Lain’s books and wanted to check out her Christmas story.
When Nate Hawthorne meets Asher Dane, the huge, tattooed hunk is the personification of Nate’s dreams. But Nate knows there’s no future, because Asher is also the personification of his beloved five-year-old daughter Delly’s nightmares. She’s frightened of big men. Things turn around for both of them, however, when Delly goes Christmas shopping at the Fairy Shop and begins her quest for a wand that will make her brave. Neither of them guesses that the Fairy Shop will be the source of far more than Delly’s courage. On Christmas Eve, under the influence of a very unusual fairy, Nate’s life will change forever.
I am a fan of Tara Lain’s ability to create such funny and sweet characters and story lines. Some short and some longer novels, I haven’t ever been disappointed. And this book is no exception. With the holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time for some sweet romance and a little magic.
At 64 pages, this is one of the shorter books I’ve reviewed for RGR. I really liked the characters and I could feel their chemistry strongly. Nate is a good dad who has found himself needing to take custody and protect his young daughter, Delly, after his ex-wife’s boyfriend got rough with his ex and scared his daughter. Now she can’t be around any big men without experiencing extreme fear. Angus is a very big man who spent time in war zones, and came home with his own fears. He tries to get past those fears by doing something that most people wouldn’t imagine he would do. I can’t explain more without spoiling things.
It starts with insta-like and what should be a one night stand, so that Nate can have some adult fun. But their attraction is more powerful. The only problem is how will Nate bring Angus around his daughter, who is sure to be afraid. The point is, appearances don’t reflect the character of a person. It won’t be easy and Delly is definitely spooked at first. But with a little holiday magic things do look good for Nate and Angus at the end.
It is hard to say too much more about this story because it is short. I thought the author did a good job of creating a well rounded story in such a short word count. That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t also have loved to explore Angus’s past a lot more. The story is told in Nate’s pov so he is a bit more developed. Angus seemed sexy and sweet, and if the author ever decided to revisit this couple from his pov, I surely would not complain. I do recommend this story, though. It is sweet and full of a kind of feel-good magic.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
Tara Lain believes in happy ever afters—and magic. Same thing. In fact, she says, she doesn’t believe, she knows. Tara shares this passion in her stories, which star her unique, charismatic heroes and adventurous heroines. Quarterbacks and cops, werewolves and witches, blue collar or billionaires, Tara’s characters, readers say, love deeply, resolve seemingly insurmountable differences, and ultimately live their lives authentically. After many years living in southern California, Tara, her soulmate honey, and her soulmate dog decided they wanted fewer cars and more trees, prompting a move to Ashland, Oregon, where Tara’s creating new stories and loving living in a small town with big culture. Likely a Gryffindor but possessed of Parseltongue, Tara loves animals of all kinds, diversity, open minds, coconut crunch ice cream from Zoeys, and her readers. She also loves to hear from you.