REVIEW: ‘A Kiss From Kringle’ by Rhian Cahill

Published: 1st December 2015

Publisher: Escape Publishing, Harlequin Australia

Pages: 49

Format: Ebook (courtesy of the Publisher & Netgalley)

RRP: $0.99

3.5/5 Stars

For a man called Chris Kringle, Christmas is the most magical time of the year.  But this year, there’s something about a certain elf that’s grabbed his attention in the best of ways. 

Leah Ward didn’t start the day intending to be an elf in Santa’s Village, but to help her sister she’d do anything, including an impersonation and squeezing into a too-tight elf suit.  But Leah didn’t count on the boss discovering her deception – or that he’d be enchanted by it. She certainly didn’t count on Chris deciding all his future kisses would belong to her.

A firm believer in Christmas magic, Chris knows the sparks that fly when he meets Leah are the once-in-a-lifetime kind, and he sees no point in wasting any time. All he has to do is convince a soft-hearted cynic that all magic is real – and that Christmas magic is the most powerful of all.

 

Over time my family have established certain Christmas traditions that are carried out each year in the led up to Christmas. For the most part it’s simply stuff like putting the tree up and decorating the house, wrapping presents, light hunting (on other people’s houses), getting Santa photos with the little sister, etc. Probably our biggest traditions have to do with Christmas Eve. For you see Santa comes around on the boat and my local community all have a big Christmas party and the kids get lolly bags from Santa and the elves while the adults catch up with people and get drunk, before we all go home and put our shoes out around the Christmas tree. Why am I telling you all this? Because for the last couple of years I’ve been reading Rhian Cahill’s Christmas novella’s in the lead up to Christmas and it’s become one of my own personal Christmas traditions now that I get excited over each year. So when the publisher put up an early copy of A Kiss From Kringle up on Netgalley, I may have gotten a bit excited and it really started to feel like Christmas for me.

A Kiss From Kringle is an endearing little holiday romance between Chris Kringle, one of the owners of Frosty’s Snowmen (a Christmas wonderland for kids) and Leah Ward a teacher who would do anything for her sister Haylee and her adorable niece Meggie. When Frosty’s Snowmen opens its doors for the first day of the season, Haylee Ward is unable to work because of a sick Meggie, fearing that she’d loose her job before she even starts, Leah steps in and agrees to pretend to be Haylee for the day. No one knows who Haylee is, so surely one day of Leah-pretending-to-be-Haylee can’t hurt can it?

When Chris notices a beautiful woman looking after kids in his Christmas Wonderland he is enamoured, but also confused… he didn’t hire this woman. This he is sure of. When he confronts Leah, they have a little chat, but chemistry fireworks are the last thing either of them expected to come from it.

“As bizarre as it was, he knew he was meant to be with this woman.“.

Full of Cahill’s trademark humour and festive cheer, A Kiss From Kringle is well rounded and unique play on well known Christmas concepts. I loved reading all the witty puns and one-liners that both Chris and Leah throw our way, but must admit to cringing alongside Leah at Chris’ over-the-top Instalove. While I love the idea of the hero being so certain and gun-ho that he would do anything for the heroine, I just didn’t buy into their chemistry as fast, or as much, as I was probably meant to. Which isn’t altogether a bad thing – as I’m not a huge believer in love-at-first-sight to begin with (GASP! I know, and I call my self an avid romancer reader and lover!), but there was just some little element missing between these two that would have made their relationship all that much more explosive for me as a reader. For me, Chris Kringle was infactuated with Leah, and while she feels something for him (no one is denying that), it’s all so sudden and intense and I just feel like there is something missing here. Some tiny element that holds it all together. That said, I really like the couple, and was pleased with the events of the story, because ultimately I really really wanted them to get together.. and so they did it a little faster then I was expecting so what Jess?

‘It’s a miracle.’

‘More Christmas Magic.’

Leah shook her head. ‘You don’t believe that.’

‘I run a company that specialises in the magic of Christmas. Of course I believe.’

She frowned, her head tilting to one side.

‘you really mean it.’

‘Yep.’ Her lack of faith made Chris sad. He wanted to show her the magic again. he was sure she’d had it once. She couldn’t be the way she was with her sister and niece or the children she taught if she didn’t, on some level, recognise the pleasure of this time of year — or the joy of believing. ‘And, because I’m selfless, I’m going to prove the magic exists.’

I really loved the idea of Christmas Magic and how enthusiast and strongly Chris believed in it, even when faced with Leah’s scepticism. For much like Leah, I’ve lost a lot of that childhood love for Christmas thanks to working in retail, and it was really sweet to relieve that overwhelming and all encompassing spirit (and craziness) once again through Chris’ character and then again Leah’s.

Having read this a couple of days ago, I’m still smiling from ear-to-ear having returned to Frosty Snowman’s. I loved revisiting this setting and all its characters, I may have swooned over the cameos from older characters and then started desperately praying for others to get their book next year. What’s more, a day after reading this novella, I learnt that a place very much like this actually exists in Sydney! (Albeit I imagine it’s probably not so steamy as this one.) If I was five, I would be begging my parents to take me there right this second, alas, I’m not five and will not go. But I just love the idea so much. It’s perfect and I can’t thank Rhian Cahill enough for this series, or really any of her Christmas novellas.

A Kiss From Kringle is a really sweet, but sexy story, about falling in love at Christmas. It’s fast paced, full on and full of Instalove.

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To Purchase a copy, visit the following online retailers:

Escape Publishing | iBooks | Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon UK |

 

To learn more about Rhian Cahill, visit the following socail media sites:

Website | Escape Publishing | Facebook | Twitter |

 

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