Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate (#7)

From the World of Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer.

The North Pole isn’t exactly as it appears in fairy tales. It has the elves and Santa and his reindeer, but Santa and Mrs. Claus aren’t the jolly couple the world believes them to be. The reindeer are all shape-shifters who transform into gorgeous beings in human form and are respected by all.

Santa Claus has everything except the one thing he craves most - a mate of his own. Forever told it wasn't in the cards for him, he goes about his days longing for something he knows he can never have. Maybe Andrew Lanzer isn’t his fated mate, but he knows what he feels for the reindeer goes far beyond simple attraction.

Drew sees how Santa looks at him, but he's not stupid. Santa's wife may be gone now, but history has proven she’ll be back. Time and again. He's hoping one sexual encounter will be enough to get him out of his system. What he doesn’t expect is for it to open the door to so much more.

When Mary Claus demands to be heard, the entire North Pole is thrown into chaos. With the man he loves and his newfound son by his side, Santa must fight harder than he's ever fought before to rid the North Pole of her conniving presence once and for all. Along the way, he may even discover that what the Fates have always led him to believe might not be true after all. With help from Willy the elf and a few new allies, Santa Claus may finally get the happily-ever-after he's only ever dreamed of.

Santa Claus & His Unexpected Mate cannot be read as a standalone. The finale of the Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer series, it contains characters and stories from each book that will be confusing to readers who have not read the series.

Reviews:Kazza on On Top Down Under Book Reviews wrote:

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I’m going to start by saying that I’m not really much of a seasonal book reader but for 7 Christmases I’ve enjoyed this wacky, goofy, crazy series with the weirdest titles, this year’s is tame in comparison. I’m sad to see it end on one hand, on another I also don’t “do” series for long so I’m also glad the author didn’t drag it on. “Santa” was a fitting finale, and what growth the actual Santa had along the way. It also has a fitting HEA to wrap up the entire series.

I don’t recommend this for anyone other than those who have read the series. You really do need to have read the previous series books. Everyone from prior books make an appearance and you just won’t know who this cast of characters are or where they fit if you start here.

Candi Kay has placed letters to Santa in between some chapters and they are cute and funny to read. I thought this was such a nice touch. The titles to the stories in The Gazette are funny too.

Willy is off the chain in his exuberance to rid the North Pole of Mary Claus with the elegantly named Operation Rid-A-Ho. He’s also up to his matchmaking ways… with not so much success this year. But most of all, Santa has done what the Fates said would never happen, he’s found a true mate.

Bye, Willy and Co. May you all live long and enjoy your days of love and eternal Christmas in the beautiful – and gossipy – North Pole. Wait for me (you have great quarantine in place) I’m packing my bags to come and meet you all post COVID.

Joelle on Goodreads wrote:

I'm not ready to say goodbye!

From the minute I stumbled upon Willy the Kinky Elf five years ago, I've been enamored by these characters. With each book, I fell more and more in love with Ms. Kay's version of the North Pole.

I love that for all the humor and silliness, there's also a tremendous amount of heart. These characters aren't one dimensional cartoons. They're flawed characters with real life problems.

One of the things I love most about this series is the integration of characters from one book to the next. Each couple becomes part of the next couple's story and the ones that follow.

If you'd have asked me at the beginning whether I thought Santa should have his own book, I would have said no. Even after Barry's book, I still would have said no. But Dylan's book changed my opinion of him. I started to see beyond the surface. Then Luke's book sealed it for me. And now, he's the Santa I wanted him to be. Although it was a little weird picturing Santa kissing (and doing other things). I know, I know, he doesn't really look like the Santa we all know.

I really loved that we got to see a more vulnerable side of Santa and at times I wanted to give him a great big hug. I loved seeing him with Drew but even more than that I loved how everyone came together for him and how he was accepted as part of the gang.

The return of Mary Claus gave me pause. I hated that she was coming back and was dreading the chaos she was going to create. But I needn't have worried. Santa wasn't about to take any more of her crap but Willy really outdid himself with Operation Rid-A-Ho. Damn, do I love that elf!

I've been waiting all series to see Mary get what was coming to her and I've got to say, it was worth the wait!!

Saying goodbye to this series is bittersweet but my heart is really happy. This series and these characters will stay with me for a long, long time.

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