Book Reviews

Silver and Solstice by TJ Nichols

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Royalty/Nobility / Shapeshifters / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-July-2020

Book Blurb

Calvin is good at two things: stealing and being the worst boyfriend ever.

He can’t help his sticky fingers, even though Rafe has pleaded with him to stop. When a job goes horribly wrong, Calvin’s fate is in the hands of his silversmith boyfriend.

Rafe has done everything he can to put distance between himself and the restrictions of being a princeling. He has a craft, a shop, a shifter boyfriend, and lives a completely disreputable life.

But to save Calvin from spending Solstice in a cage, Rafe will have to step up and face his father, head of the city guard. Rafe’s father has had enough of Calvin flouting the law. Shifters are supposed to be collared in the city.

Calvin finally knows what to make for Rafe for solstice, though it breaks the promise they made to each other….



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2019.


Book Review

This story is set around the Solstice celebrations of a world where elves and humans live together in peace and both think that catshifters are inferior beings unless they are collared. Calvin is a shifter who values his freedom and refuses to give in to convention. Add the fact that he is a professional thief and has fallen in love with Rafe, the silversmith and city guard’s son, and he has to deal with pressure from several directions. Not something he is very good at, and once he is also being blackmailed by a stranger, something has to give. This is the story of Calvin learning what is really important to him.

With two men from very different backgrounds and of unequal social standing trying to figure out how they relate, the tension between them is palpable from the start. It was interesting to learn about the reasons why Calvin is seen as “less” – especially because he doesn’t want to accept a collar and “belong” to someone. The history of his and Rafe’s relationship is more than a little rocky because what they want to do and what society thinks they should do is very different. There is suspense, intrigue, lots of emotional stress, and character growth all wrapped in a nicely developed fantasy world that comes through loud and clear despite the shortness of the story.

If you like exploring fantastical settings and their winter traditions, if you think two men on unequal social footing deserve a happy ending, and if you’re looking for a holiday read with a sense of danger and adventure, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 56 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-July-2020
Price $0.99 ebook
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