Author ~ Eli Easton
Narrator ~ Tristan Wright
Publisher ~ Pinkerton Road
Release ~ 16th December 2016
Length ~ 4 hours and 45 minutes
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute - especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.
But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there's a sadness about him that Toby can't figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn't commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library - and their head librarian.
Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean's past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish - to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.
I recently enjoyed the ebook of Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles and was eager to listen to the audio version narrated by Tristan Wright. He also narrated another favourite Eli Easton story of mine—Superhero—so I had high expectations for this one. I’m pleased to say it’s a delightful production that had me totally immersed in the story the second time around. Eli’s writing style and characters always hold my attention and stir up all sorts of emotions. She creates lovely stories that elicit tingly feelings and angst on behalf of the protagonist and their love interest.
In this case, Sean Miggles and Toby Kincaid are the two adorable and lovelorn characters. They work together in a small town library but don’t socialise outside of the building. Mr. Miggles is devoted to his role as head librarian. He’s a good man, gentle and kind and with a huge heart, a great boss for Toby, and a passionate member of the community, sometimes going above and beyond his duty to help its patrons. He ensures the library is a welcoming place, especially at Christmastime. Yes, he appears rather a stiff and serious head librarian at first, but his friendship and camaraderie with Toby, his junior, is often fun and light-hearted. He’s rather formal in his appearance and his old-fashioned attitude comes across older than he actually is. He wears amusing ties that hint at another side to his personality and that is also seen in his dry wit. He does have a mysterious air to him that Toby gradually uncovers. Plus he’s smoking hot in his jeans and informal clothes!
Toby Kincaid, the POV character, is younger and full of life. He’s also kind and is committed to the job he loves. His boyfriend is obnoxious and takes advantage of Toby’s generosity. Luckily, Toby is coming to realise what a loser he is!
A wonderful slow-build romance develops between Sean and Toby that didn’t look like it was going to get a chance to bloom with all the drama that occurs involving the library and Mr. Miggles. It was nice to see them spending time together outside of the library and start to acknowledge their feelings and attraction for each other. The love interest is a slow burn, but there are a couple of beautiful moments along the way, leading to some sizzling scenes towards the end of the story. There was no miscommunication between these two lovers and I was definitely rooting for them along the way.
There’s a great supporting cast of family members and visitors to the library. The season of goodwill to all men—and children—unfortunately backfires on poor Mr. Miggles. He’s a wonderfully generous man and his kindness is abused. My heart went out to him when he was falsely accused by a few mean-spirited people. But Toby fought for love and his boss. I loved the feel of community that revolves around the library, the appreciation for Mr. Miggles and his important role in the town, all of which makes this such a terrific feel-good story.
Tristan Wright’s narration of this lovely Christmas tale was a pleasure to listen to. His narrative voice as Toby was spot on and he managed to give Mr. Miggles his own distinctive tone that matched his old-fashioned character. He conveyed the emotions and the dialogue between the two main characters very well and clearly portrayed the other characters too. Highly recommended.
Connect with Eli Easton
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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