Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by B.G. Thomas (4 Stars)

Nick St. George was at the end of his rope until a sweet little elf saved the day.

Nick is an extremely successful businessman who has everything except love and happiness. He has finally reached a breaking point in his life and is on a road trip to San Francisco to end it all. He meets Kit Jefferies, whose car has just broken down, and decides to give him a ride.

Nick and Kit are both very interesting characters, and we spend quite a bit of time both in their heads and in their discussions, getting to know them. Nick is an extremely unpleasant person which made it hard to enjoy the story in the beginning. In addition to his nasty comments about Kit’s personality, and his overall negative view on gay people, it was very hard to like him at all. However, as the story progressed and Kit rubbed off on him, he became much nicer. The speed in which this happened seemed a little short, but it worked well for this story.

Kit was a joy to be around and just an overall fantastic person. In addition to being a store elf helping children, he was also an amazing artist. I really enjoyed reading the details and descriptions of his work. The only issue I had with Kit was his language. Listening to a grown man, who refuses to swear, say words like “poopie” took me out of the story multiple times. The time they spent on the road trip and at Kit’s house made for an overall enjoyable story.

A sweet holiday romance where one man’s zest for life gives another man a new chance at happiness.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George.

Nick is a very unhappy man—he’s achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won’t deter him. That’s when he found Kit.

At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit’s personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

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