Disarming Donner (North Pole City Tales #5) by Charlie Cochet

release day review

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As a beloved Rein Dear and Christmas elf for Mayor Kringle, Donner prides himself on his flawless reputation, good sense, and wise decisions. Donner never does anything until he’s thought it through properly. He’s certainly not one to get flustered, infuriated, or fall prey to romantic nonsense. At least not until the most unlikely of elves begins chipping away at Donner’s defenses.

Calder is a Dockalfar—a dark elf. He’s wicked, untrustworthy, and armed with lethal magic. At least that’s what everyone thinks. It’s easy for them to believe the worst and mistrust him before they’ve even spoken to him, but Calder is out to prove that he’s more than his Dockalfar blood, especially to a certain Rein Dear who has caught his eye. But it will take more than sweet words for Donner to admit what’s in his heart.


I love, love, love, love, love this series! It’s cute, funny, sexy, sometimes exciting and sometimes really sentimental.

If you haven’t read any of the previous books you should! – but it isn’t absolutely necessary. I think Charlie does a nice job summing up the situation nicely – giving just enough world-building to clue in neophytes but not too much to bore us loyal readers. J

This time around we have Donner, another Rein Dear who has a bit of a past that gives him more than the usual prejudice against Dockalfars, or dark elves. We met these dark elves in the last book, when we found out Cupid is half Dockalfar. Dark elves CAN be malicious, and practice black magic, but obviously they aren’t all bad. Cupid has two brothers, one Gunne – who is bad and the other – Calder who isn’t.

Calder is here to help train Cupid and it’s here that our MCs meet.


What I love about these stories first is the amazing amount of clever word-play and unique world-building that Charlie gives us. The hysterical curses like “Oh, Plum Pudding!” and “You scared the holly out of me!” The hierarchy of Mayor Kringle and King and Prince Frost. The funny foods and traditions and the play on all the traditional Christmas characters. It’s hysterical and yet really creative and fun, too.

In this case, I also really love Calder. Gah! He’s so swoon-worthy! He’s just perfect and so put upon but doesn’t do anything but prove everyone wrong. Ya gotta love a guy like that! And paired up with the high and mighty Donner, who is such a priss at first – the two are really well-matched!

This was fun and sweet with a bit of smexy thrown in. I loved this probably as much as I did the first, which was my favorite in the series so far.

Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars


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