Genre: science fiction (novella)
Queer Representation: cis lesbian, nonbinary, cis male
Sofia can’t wait for her exciting vacation to Yule Planet – a Christmas wonderland of snow and ancient traditions. During transport to the planet, however, a malfunction in her pod maroons her in an isolated snow drift. The ‘natives’–convicts on work release–rescue her but they’ve got to finish their run before they can take her back to the resort and her long awaited vacation. Much hilarity and mayhem ensues, as well as a sweet romance.
YULE PLANET is another holiday novella by Angela Martinez, who got on my radar after I read SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR HUMAN HOLIDAYS. YULE PLANET lacks some of the humor of SAFETY, but has much more adventure and fun, feathery dinosaur pets. The romance, as always, is well paced, and the sex scene satisfying without bogging down the short narrative.
There’s an added dimension to this book that comes from Sofia’s background as a logistics accountant and the management of the Yule Planet corporation, lends excellent tension to what could have been a simple romance plotline (not that I don’t enjoy a simple romance, mind). Helping reform a problematic organization, getting to ride a tame and pet-like chionisaurs, a hot make-out scene in a small shower–all blends together into another delightful and fluffy holiday short.