Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn't know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension – and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
Dale Cameron Lowry lives in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats, one of whom enjoys eating dish towels, quilts, and wool socks. It’s up to you to guess whether the fabric eater is one of the cats or the partner. When not busy mending items destroyed by the aforementioned fabric eater, Dale enjoys writing gay romantic, erotic, and speculative fiction; wasting time on Tumblr; listening to Mormon-related podcasts; studying anatomy and neurophysiology; getting annoyed at Duolingo; and reading fairy tales.
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2.5* Would likely have rated this higher if the story was just that bit longer.
The characters come across as refreshingly male. Before 40% of this short story there's mention of adjusted nutsacks, dick, conjones/balls and later on cocks come out.
As it's a short story meaning everything happens fast; they meet, they meet again and hook-up then we leap to a year later. For me it was a bit too much too fast, they'd just met but were sharing their life stories and getting that forever feeling. But it's a light sweet read and the characters are both likeable; though got to admit I didn't get much of a visual impression for them except for one being pink!
One comment did stand out for me - a character saying his mother who he was close too died when he was 15 but that's 'water under the bridge'. Time heals, life goes on, but water under the bridge? Guess some streams are murkier than others, to me it felt an odd thing to say.
Liked that there was no sense of family angst despite Mormon and Catholic religions coming into play.
Was left wondering why would a tech office have a freezer large enough to hold a one foot by two foot wide sculpture? Things like this bug me!
Really cute and heartwarming. This really should have been longer to develop the characters and storyline further. I think that would have given it that 5th star. And thank you Dale for showing that you can write a good M/M romance without basing the attraction on unrealistic Ken-doll bodies.
Cute, but ultimately due to length didn't seem quite cohesive and finished. Damian first meets Alma when he answers an ad for a bartender who's LGBT friendly. They really hit it off, and it all goes on from there.
a freebie by prolific reads. The beginning is hilarious- Damian responds to a "bartender wanted" ad by a certain Alma, whom he expects to be a well-to-do old lady who wants to hire a bartender for a social function. The he experiences the surprise of his life- if you know the singer George Ezra- imagine this voice- sotto basso- turns out this Alma is a man. Then they meet in a coffee shop and to Damian´s utter surprise Alma isn´t a bearded bear with a beer-gut but a slender fair-skinned young man. Alma talks about his past- you immediately start to like his tongue-in -cheek humour. They swap life stories, some funny, some sad, and you directly are drawn into this comfortable coffee-room atmosphere, you literally hear the clinking of cups andthe hising of the espresso machine while those two guys chat. And so it continues- sweet, no drama, just two cute guys meeting by chance and discover they match.
This was a nice story about two guys who make an instant connection and dance around it a bit before finally coming together. I loved the way that the story showed them talking for hours and connecting multiple ways showing definite chemistry but a but not launching into sex. The touches of Spanish and the irony of the duality of Alma's name were enjoyable as well. It was a short novella that felt just the right length too. I will say that, while I've seen it promoted as a Christmas story, that wasn't the feel it had for me. There was the obvious office Christmas party setting at one point and some mention of hilariously named seasonal drinks, but it didn't have an overtly Christmasy theme. In other words, it would make a nice read for any time of the year. This was an introduction to the author's work for me and, based on this one, I'm going to be seeking out more.
One of the free reads I picked up at the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway. Short and sweet and sexy. Didn't knock me out but there are some nice lines, warm backstory, likable characters and all well written. If you fancy a quickie, you won't go wrong with this. 3.5*
This is a sweet insta-love Christmas romance. Damien answers an ad to be a bartender at Alma’s Christmas party and man do they hit it off. I can see why it’s insta-love because it’s a super short book and things have to start happening and fast, lol. Very enjoyable.