“The Winter God’s Sacrifice” by Mav
Bel has spent his entire life in the
service of the god Urdon. Now his people are suffering, and
a sacrifice is needed. He must give his life to appease his
god—or will his god desire another sacrifice?
“The Winter God’s Sacrifice” is a hot
little tale. Bel’s wide-eyed innocence was appealing. I
liked the idea of a sacrifice that turns into something
more. Everything happened a bit quickly for me, and Urdon’s
position of power over Bel made me wonder if Bel would have
loved him otherwise, but even so this was an enjoyable
“Little Miracles” by Vic Winter
Normally, police officer Ricky would be
looking forward to Christmas. Now, however, he and his
lover have barely been speaking for weeks. He’s afraid the
holiday will not be a good one, but he’s about to get a
couple of surprises…
“Little Miracles” is a sweet story of
second chances and unexpected happenings. I liked kind,
forgiving Ricky and really wanted things to work out for
him. Though I enjoyed reading this story, it felt rushed.
Too many things happened, and one of those things (which I
won’t describe because it’s a huge spoiler) wasn’t necessary
at all in my opinion.
“Christmas at the Ciel” by Lorne Rodman
Robert owns the Ciel restaurant. Kent
is the head chef. Both are good at their jobs, but they
can’t seem to get along with each other—especially when
Robert keeps trying to cook in the restaurant’s kitchen. Is
their annoyance with each other hiding something more?
“Christmas at the Ciel” is the best
developed of the three stories. The history between the two
main characters was set up rather well, and the story takes
place over a longer period of time than the other two in the
anthology. Robert and Kent are stubborn men, and their
banter was amusing to read. When they finally came
together, it was hot!
Overall, Jingle Balls 2 is a fun and quick
holiday anthology. There’s a bit of something for everyone,
from humor to sweetness to fantasy. While I would have
liked to have a bit more of the first two stories to truly
flesh them out, all three stories were pleasant reads and a
good diversion on a frigid day.