Saturday, January 18, 2014

REVIEW: RIBBON OF DARKNESS: The Trouble With Elves, Book 1 By Decadent Kane

An old family secret draws Ribbon into an Elven world while Draven is forced to find a way to drag her back home to save Christmas magic.

Before Ribbon had a chance to get used to the idea of being an elf, she ran into Draven who's body jingled her bells. Unfortunately, he's the spy sent to haul her and her family back to the North Pole on Santa's orders.
Draven North has had one task for the last twenty-four years: find the Winters family and bring them home. He wasn't expecting their only daughter to deck his halls. No matter how hot and sassy he found his roguess, he had to take her back before the darkness devoured the Pole and Christmas magic along with it. But was it already too late?

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3.5 Stars
This book presents readers with a very original view of Santa Claus and his Elves, and it is a fun story.  Ribbon Winters is a young woman working in her parents’ bookstore in Florida.  When you first meet her, she is suffering a burning sensation in her ears, and it turns out that her parents are two ‘Claus Elves’ who left the North Pole before her birth and do not intend to return.  However, Santa has sent one of his Elven spies, Draven North, to find them and bring them back.  Draven has been searching for 24 years, and finds them just as Ribbon learns about her true background.
This is the heart of ‘Ribbon of Darkness’: how Draven brings the missing elves back to the North Pole to save Santa’s world, and meets his true mate along the way.  It’s intriguing, with interesting characters facing a serious problem they must resolve.  I very much enjoyed reading it.  However, when I finished reading, I had several unanswered questions. I sincerely hope that subsequent books in this series will clear up this mystery, and others.
I give ‘Ribbon of Darkness’ a rating of 3.5 stars, because of the unanswered questions, and a somewhat intrusive encounter between Draven and his Sylvan Elf lover.  I like most of the characters, the handling of the Christmas elves, and the definite chemistry between Ribbon and Draven, but I don’t feel like I have read a complete story.
I am grateful for the free reviewer’s copy I was given.

Reviewed by: Roberta

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