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Holiday Tales from Fairyland by Joe Cosentino Release Day Review

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Book Info

Book Series
Tales from Fairyland, Book 2
About the Author
JOE COSENTINO was voted favorite LGBT mystery, humorous, and contemporary author of the year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery. The other Nicky and Noah mysteries are: Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity. He is also the author of the Cozzi Cove series (NineStar Press): Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention/TBR Pile Favorite Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginning, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings; the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Open Skye Book Reviews Favorite Audiobook of the Month) followed by Holiday Tales from Fairyland, and the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holiday), The Perfect Gift, The First Noel; and the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married.
Publication Date
October 01, 2018
Available Formats
epub, mobi, lrf
Content Warning
suicide, religious fervor, mentions of S&M and murder
It’s holiday time in Fairyland. On Halloween, Ichabod Crane, a young schoolteacher, has a boner over sexy and muscular farmer Brom Bones. When the residents of the homophobic Sleepy Hollow aren’t happy about it, the headless horseman rides into town. Will Ichabod fall off his horse into Brom’s strong, rescuing arms, teaching the townsfolk a lesson in acceptance they’ll never forget? On Christmas, hunky Cavalier P.I. receives a visit from a new client, handsome young Fritz. Somebody strangled Fritz’s sister Clara with the ribbons of her toe shoes, and Fritz is the top suspect. But he seems more interested in the bulge in Cavalier’s tights than in getting himself off the hook. When Cavalier turns sweet on Fritz, it’s time for the private investigator to question his old dance partner the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara’s husband the Nutcracker, Fritz’s other sister Louise, and Fritz’s Godpapa Drosselmeyer to save his intended and find out: Who Killed Clara? At Winter Solstice, young Vasily falls in love with a mysterious, handsome man who rides by his orphanage each morning, noon, and night. Upon following him, Vasily discovers the man is a prince under the powers of Baba Yaga. Can Vasily rescue his tortured Prince Anton from the witch’s conversion therapy and dance around his pole on May Day?

Editor review

1 review
Great Holiday Collection!


Would I read it again?: Of course!
Genre: MM, Holiday, Romance, Fairytales
Pairings: MM
Heat Level: ★★★☆☆


Halloween in Fairyland (Ichabod and Brom)
Length: 3-36%
POV: 3rd person, one character

Based on the story of Ichabod and the Headless Horseman, this story is a true sign of the times. It deals with “alternative facts” and religion in a way that is wholly, sadly, relevant in today's world. Challenging the concept of religions that follow some laws but not others, the homophobia of a world riddled with greed and that vilifies anything different from themselves, it draws upon the current political climate in a light-hearted story of love, acceptance and learning.
Brom was as adorably dimwitted as usual, just in a much more naive and gentle way, and I loved how Ichabod took care of him and that Katrina and Petra were there to offer their support. The romance was sweet, the plot well paced, and the ending sugary-sweet and expected. I wasn't disappointed in the least.


Christmas in Fairyland (Who Killed Clara?)
Length: 36-66%
POV: 1st person, one character

Christmas in Fairyland (Who Killed Clara?) was like being high and watching one long run of Louis Spence pretending to be Hercule Poirot. And I never knew that I needed that in my life.
Filled with ballet references to fit the Nutcracker theme of the story, we're thrust headlong into a murder investigation that goes from one bizarre pirouette to another.
Fritz was adorable, the S&M obsessed Judge was steamy, and Cavalier was great as the well-meaning, slightly distracted detective who couldn't resist his client.


Winter Solstice in Fairyland (The Night Rider)
Length: 66-97%
POV: 3rd, one character

In the last story of the collection, we see a little political/modern day mentality slipping through with the fake news and the issue of a creepy and sleazy priest at an orphanage trying to prey on all the young boys. Thankfully, Vasily is there to protect them all; without the power to make it permanent he manages to outmaneuver and best Father Boris at every turn.
The story mixes together some aspects of the Baba Yaga mythology, Rapunzel and adds in some conversion therapy with the help of magic, just in case you weren't creeped out enough by Father Boris and Baba Yaga. *shivers* The story also covers issues of mental health, in a way that slips easily into the light-hearted but serious-undertone plot.
It wouldn't be a fairytale without a happy ending, and I loved that the romance of this story was only one half of that happy ending. A really delightful and lovely story.


Overall I really enjoyed this second edition of the Fairyland world. For an ARC copy, I was amazing that there were no obvious editing issues throughout, until the very end when Baba Yaga was sometimes mistaken for Baga Yaga – an easy mistake to make, and the only issue I found in the entire book in terms of editing.

Cheeky, sweet, and rip-roaringly fun, the stories were longer than the previous book in the series, and that worked really well. The world-building and characterisation were really nicely done, and I loved that the whole thing was shrouded in romance and acceptance, with a holiday flavour that made me wish for cold nights snuggled up in a blanket with a good book.


Favourite Quote

“I may not be able to remember my past, but I know I've never loved anyone – until I met you.”
~ from “Winter Solstice in Fairyland (The Night Rider)
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