Any time I can revisit Cole and Jae I'm happy. This is a short, sweet story about the two of them creating a special Christmas memory and revisiting oAny time I can revisit Cole and Jae I'm happy. This is a short, sweet story about the two of them creating a special Christmas memory and revisiting one of Cole's special childhood traditions. A nice short.
Cal hates the holidays and everything that goes with them, most notably the Christmas music that plays constantly in the mall where he manages a sporting goods store. "Santa's Village" is only a few feet away from the store so he's not only stuck listening to the music all day long but he's also forced to look at the decorations and the long lines of kids waiting to sit on Santa's lap.
Then Cal sees one of Santa's elves and everything changes.
I am purposely leaving out the name of the elf and I hope that others keep the name out of their reviews as well. To name him would be giving a huge spoiler and totally ruin this story for others.
I adored all of the characters, both main and secondary. There's a bit of funny confusion but everything comes together perfectly in the end.
A great story and one I recommend highly.
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Will is coming home for the first time since coming out to his parents ended badly four yeaFull review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.
Will is coming home for the first time since coming out to his parents ended badly four years prior. When he gets home he discovers that his parents have taken in a young man (Ryan) who is gay. Not only taken him in, but treats him like a son - the way they should have always treated Will. There's pent up anger and resentment on Will's part and with good reason. Ryan is a sweetheart and can't understand why Will would've just abandoned his parents - the parents who Ryan thinks can do no wrong. Will and his parents, with a little help from Ryan, eventually overcome their issues and become a family again.
There is major insta-love in this story but I felt that it was written well. In stories of this length, I always prefer for something to happen early on than to have it occur rush, rush at the end.
This is a nice Christmas story. Of the Advent shorts I've read so far, this is one where I can see the couple truly having a HEA later.
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Hikikomori. Agoraphobia. Both words are used either in this short story or the blurb to describe Lucas's condition. He spends his days and evenings staring out of his apartment window, taking detailed notes of everything he sees. His apartment is bland, with no personal touches other than books and his many journals. He spends a lot of time in the coffee shop in his building but he doesn't venture beyond there.
Jeremy (who also lives in the apartment building) works at the coffee shop and he has watched Lucas over time and has gradually gotten to know him a little. Not much, as Lucas would never be called social. He doesn't like people. He avoids crowds. His personality would never be called warm. He's simply numb, choosing to watch the world instead of living in it. Jeremy is outgoing and pushes his way into Lucas's space whether the other man wants it or not.
Each morning Lucas watches from his window as Jeremy walks into the department store across the street. It's the same time every morning, each time leaving without having purchased anything. On Christmas Eve Jeremy kidnaps pushes Lucas to attend his Christmas party down the hall in his apartment. For the first time in three years Lucas allows himself to feel, to simply be, without the constant numbness that so often takes up his days.
The story was nice but I'm going to go with others who state that this story really needs a few more pages added to it. While it ended well enough, I don't feel that enough information was given to explain why Lucas has the condition that keeps him basically confined to his apartment building. It was explained but yet not. Also, I would have liked to have learned a little bit more about Jeremy. A little is mentioned about what he does when he's not working at the coffee shop but not nearly enough.
Jeremy's daily visits to the department store are eventually explained and I thought that was nice. Lucas is not a very likable person but I did warm to him a bit as the story played out.
Otherwise, a nice story but one that would have benefited greatly by having a few more details added about each main character.
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Nick is a jerk. He's bitter and angry at the world. He is making his way to San Francisco because there is something critical that he feels he must do there. The roads are icy, it's sleeting like crazy and he can barely see the road. Having to make a stop to adjust his wipers, he almost hits a broken down vehicle before pulling into a rest area. The owner of that vehicle is Kit, a college student and part-time department store elf.
Kit and Nick are as different as night and day. Nick does everything in his power to not show he's gay. Kit has never been ashamed of who he is and it shows.
They are in the middle of nowhere and Kit is stuck with no way home to his family. Grudgingly, Nick offers him a ride. The drive is long, the conditions are dangerous and Nick is stuck for hours with "Chatty Cathy". Along the way, Nick reevaluates who he is - thanks to a department store elf.
The title is so cute and perfect for the story. This is a great Christmas short. I laughed a lot and got teary a few times.
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I was not a fan early on of Nathan (aka the Grinch) and I had a hard time liking him throughout the story. Granted, the story is short but I had hopedI was not a fan early on of Nathan (aka the Grinch) and I had a hard time liking him throughout the story. Granted, the story is short but I had hoped to see a bit more from him. I feel that his partner Bryant was a decent guy and that Nathan should've played the game a little in order to make his man happy. What's a few hours of decorating? Of quality time together? When you are in a committed relationship you have to sometimes make sacrifices. I didn't see Nathan doing this at all.
Decent short but I would have enjoyed it more had I seen even a little bit of compromise on Nathan's part. I didn't unfortunately. ...more
When Devon fills in as Santa for his friend Michael at the mall, he meets Adrien. Adrien works as one of Santa's elves in his tight elf shorts and greWhen Devon fills in as Santa for his friend Michael at the mall, he meets Adrien. Adrien works as one of Santa's elves in his tight elf shorts and green tights. Adrien is a klutz of epic proportions. Devon is known as the love 'em and leave 'em type of guy. He has left a string of broken hearts in his wake. When he meets Adrien, he starts to rethink that. The way the two guys meet is hilarious.
This is the first in a series so this didn't quite end with a true HEA but the possibility is there for sure. Cute story....more
What a great story. It's sad. It's sweet. You will fall in love with some of the characters and hate others. You will end it with a huge smile on yourWhat a great story. It's sad. It's sweet. You will fall in love with some of the characters and hate others. You will end it with a huge smile on your face. I loved it....more
A cute, little story about a ten-year-old girl (Bianca) who is eager to see her father (Gavin) happy with someone... mainly his straight best friend,A cute, little story about a ten-year-old girl (Bianca) who is eager to see her father (Gavin) happy with someone... mainly his straight best friend, Curtis. She has a plan to make this happen.
Nice story though I (like others who have reviewed this) got a bit frustrated with Curtis and his inner dialogue at times. It did not really take away from the story as a whole. I love books with kids in them and friends-to-lovers stories and this had both. A good, quick read....more
This is a cute, little Christmas story. There's Agnes the Christmas spirit who is charged to bring a couple of men holiday cheer. There's Bill. Bill iThis is a cute, little Christmas story. There's Agnes the Christmas spirit who is charged to bring a couple of men holiday cheer. There's Bill. Bill is in a state of depression because he's lost everything... his business, his long-term boyfriend, everything. He's practically homeless, living in a small hotel room. There's Tom, a man Bill sees in a coffee shop every morning who has caught Bill's eye. Bill knows better than to make any type of move because his life is in shambles and he has nothing to offer anyone at this point in his life. He meets Agnes at the same coffee shop and she encourages him to apply for a job at a department store across the street. He gets the job playing Santa Claus with Agnes as his helper. Tom works at the store and they gradually get to know each other... with the help of Agnes.
Agnes is a treat. I got a big kick out of her antics to bring the two men together.
The story was good and the characters were written well. The entire thing is a bit rushed and out there but that is to be expected considering the type of story.