Xanthe’s Review: The Carpenter’s Prince by Jayce Ellis

Author: Jayce Ellis
Book: The Carpenter’s Prince
Series: DSP Advent
Page Count: 43 pages
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Gay, Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Sean Edwards would do anything for his nephew, including designing the props for a children’s version of the Nutcracker. He’s ready for the long nights and weekends in the workshop—they’re part of the job, especially given the short notice. The insanely sexy head ballerino is completely unexpected, however.

All principal danseur Keni Jackson wants is to surpass last year’s performance, blow people’s socks off, and cement his place in the studio. The last thing he needs is something to shatter his carefully held control—like a cuddly carpenter who favors jazz over Tchaikovsky.

Sean and Keni are drawn to each other, but not everyone is a fan of their relationship. When Keni’s position is threatened, they have to decide whether to walk away for good, or if what they’ve found is worth fighting for.

4 ✨s by Xanthe
I’m so excited for all of these Advent stories and The Carpenter’s Prince is a wonderful way to start off!

Keni and Sean are such an adorable couple, I felt a connection between the, straight away as they moved through friendship to a possible relationship. The difference between the two men – height, size, job – makes them more endearing as they find it attractive in each other.
Along with the two MC’s, there is an enjoyable cast of characters that help boost the story, especially Sean’s sister and nephew who may meddle a little bit to help move the blossoming relationship along.

I loved this as a short story and would definitely recommend adding to your reading list.

About the Jayce Ellis
Jayce Ellis has three loves: her husband and her two turtles. Hubby loves her back. The turtles she’s not so sure about, but they do love their sports (Bay Area teams FTW!). She still hasn’t figured out why she lives in Northern Virginia, where there’s weather, instead of California, where she’s from and where it’s just… pretty. Jayce spends her days divorcing happily married couples (or so she’s been told), and her nights talking maniacally to herself. Thankfully the recorder catches her rumblings and magically turns them into words on a screen. Painting nails is way easier when you don’t actually have to type, and with well over 500 polishes to get through, there’s a lot of painting going on.

Notwithstanding her no-good, very bad, horrible day job, Jayce seriously believes that true love conquers all. Even Maleficent said it. Sure, she was having an epic Mean Girls moment at the time, but she still said it. And she’s right. The only thing Jayce loves more than writing about true love conquering all is hearing from readers who feel the same way. Drop her a line; she’d love to hear from you.

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