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A Charming Idea

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Advent Calendar collection Evergreen.

Having fallen on hard times, London-based wizard Evan keeps his charms shop open on Christmas Eve. When he finally gets home, he finds his neighbor, Kian, languishing with a wound that hasn't healed properly. He takes Kian in and they share the Christmas roast from their neighbor, Mrs. Halfpenny—
ebook, 40 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 30th 2012)
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I love stories that have magic in them so when I first started reading, I was delighted to find out this story had it in abundance. I really liked how this felt almost like enemies to lovers but only because Kian gave off such a hostile attitude towards Evan. Evan was a lovely character so when he encounters Kian hurt, he could have just left him but decided to help him instead.

As with the other stories in this Advent Calendar, this one was too short. While I found Evan and Kian together very ho
2.5 stars

All I could think was... "Harry Potter fanfiction meets pizza boy porno." (No, I'm serious - there's even a red headed girl named Lily in it.)

It dragged at the beginning, then ended too quickly.

I liked Evan, and Kian's hot. But... there just wasn't enough character development to get what his attraction to Evan was in order to buy into it.

I just needed *more* to get into this one.
Lena Grey
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whether we intend to or not, we all create first impressions of people, images of how the person looks, thinks, feels. The danger in doing this is that first impressions can be deceiving if not completely wrong. Evan misjudges his neighbor because of his job, gruff demeanor and clothing. Even though he's polite, Evan avoids him because he's under the impression that Kian doesn't like him. Mrs. Halfpenny, their neighbor, recognizes that the two men are lonely and decides to remedy the situation. ...more
Serena Yates
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
A very cute story that shows wizards "are human too". Just like the non-magical folk they want someone to love, and sometimes need a little nudge to take a step (or two) in the right direction. Told from Evan's point of view, this story shows how he manages to overcome his fear/reluctance/prejudice against the intimidating magic guardian Kian, who lives on the second floor.

Evan is shy, lacking in self-confidence and scared of his upstairs neighbor. When he takes him in on Christmas Eve he only d
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a cute and very short story about Evan, ayoung wizard who is on his own for Christmas in London. His neighbors - the lovely Mrs. Halfpenny (who provides him with Christmas dinner) and Kian Louarn (an intimidating member of the Wizard Guard) - are also around for the holiday. When Evan gets home on Christmas Eve, he finds an injured Kian on the floor in front of his door. Manners dictate that he invite him into his apartment as it's apparent that Kian will not be able to make it up to his ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read
'A Charming Idea' is my first story by this author and she has definitely charmed me into reading more. This was another short but enchanting Christmas story. I very much enjoyed this trip to the world of magic and found myself totally enchanted with Evan and Kian.

Evan and Kian are neighbours, Evan is a shop keeper, Kian is a magic guard. Evan is certain that Kian does not like him and he's sure the feeling is mutual...that is until he arrives home and finds an injured Kian lying in the hallwa

3.5 stars

The holiday is looking pretty lonely for Evan until he trips over a body in his apartment foyer. Oh, it’s his grumpy neighbor, Kian.

Ok, Kian’s got me all hot and bothered. Hair down to his ass, amber-colored eyes, cheekbones that could cut glass, tough guy swagger. And he and Evan are HOT together-- a sweet little amuse-bouche when these two bump hips.

But really? Where’s the main course? This is too, too short. So short, it’s over before it starts. Romanticus interruptus.

There’s defini
I thought this short was adorable! I love what we saw of the world: the pixie conjured to light the hallway, the tiny sleeping angel on top of the tree, breath clouds turned into little creatures... so much fun! This is definitely a world I'd love to see explored in a longer work.

The piece was too short to really get to know either of the MC's very well, but what I did get to know, I liked. I just wanted to know more. And the sweet, meddlesome neighbor cracked me up.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2012, mm-read
Evan can't be with his family for Christmas this year because he has tu run his shop. When he gets home to his flat on Christmas Eve, he literally trips over his neighbour, Kian, who is lying injured in the hallway. The magical help of another interfering neighbour makes this a happier Christmas than Evan was expecting. This story was short but had a lot of sweet extra touches.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

A charmer of a story you won't want to miss. Read my full review at http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords...

Dreamspinner Press Advent Story Roundup - Part II

Rating: 4.5 stars
Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christmas, shorts
This short story doesn't have a sense, it's idiotic and plain boring without a real storyline.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
This was a nice short book. A touch of magic. I wish it would have been explained a bit more about why Kian seemed to be rude to Evan as much as Evan thought he was. I wish the effects of the Satyr's wine would have been explained a bit more. It seemed to be a bit more potent than regular wine, but it wasn't really mentioned.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute little story, but I would love to read more about their magical world and relationship.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas-story
This review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.

The blurb pretty well explains this story. Evan is missing his family this year as he’s been forced to keep his shop open this year because the economic hard times have hit magical people as well as normals. However his upstairs neighbour has ensured that he will have a nice dinner and he’s mostly just hoping to avoid his other neighbour who appears to hate his guts for some unknown reason.

When he gets home, he finds said neighbour, Kian sitti
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, magic
3 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Evan has his own charm shop, because of poor trade he is staying in London and not returning to his family for Christmas and finds himself working on Christmas Eve. Finally getting home for the night he comes (trips up over) across his neighbour Kian injured in the hallway, helping Kian takes a turn for the best when he shares his Christmas roast with Kian… as Mrs Halfpenny added a little extra ingredient.

Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

This is a very short book that maybe needed a little bit more to it in order for it to work better. Evan owns a charm shop, one that he has to keep open over the holidays this year because business hasn’t been great due to the recession. So he’s missing the family Christmas and is unhappily spending the holiday by himself. Mrs. Halfpenny, his elderly neighbor, has provided a holiday meal for him. Unfortunately, he happens to run into the surly, unfriendly neigh
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Evan decides to keep his charms shop open on Christmas Eve after having fallen on hard times. He doesn't get to spend the holiday with his family, but his neighbor has made it possible for him to spend time with someone else instead. Kian, is a wizard that was injured while on the job, Evan finds him in the hallway, not fully recooperated from his injury. He takes him home to rest and feed him, little does he know that his neighbor Mrs. Halfpenny has spiked the food.

This was a cute short read, t
Evan finds his neighbor hurt on the floor from not healing right. Eva decides to help him out, one thing leads to another.
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, paranormal
Yes, wizards, I love wizards, it was good but I would definitely have preffered something longer
Katy Beth Mckee
An interesting story about finding a connection unexpectedly.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dsp-advent-2012
Wizard :(
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Shelves: christmas
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