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Eugene and the Box of Nails (2017 Advent Calendar Daily - Stocking Stuffers)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.

Every time it seems like things are looking up for Eugene Kraft, disaster hits. Bankruptcy, a bigoted sibling, and a back-breaking accident have all left him with little money and less faith in the universe.

His last-ditch effort at peace is the small lakeside property where he is building
ebook, 58 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This was actually a very sweet story, even if I wanted to knock some sense into Eugene part of the time.

Eugene and the Box of Nails was a classic-feeling Christmas story about the lonely man getting help from strangers and finding love where he least expects it. It was really heart-warming, even though I felt like the romance was a bit too underdeveloped (happens with short stories) and Eugene was too willful for my tastes.

I really enjoyed the older MCs and the very sweet HEA. A good one.

Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.5

Simple and sweet. Just an all round feel good story that warms up all the cold places. ;-)
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Hearts

I quite enjoyed this wintery tale about down on his luck Eugene trying his darndest to start anew despite some unfortunate setbacks.

Somehow he catches the eye of kind Cullen, the foreman on the house build next door, and thus starts a sweet back and forth that I really reveled in. Only thing is, Eugene is stubbornly set on finishing his little house on his own and accepting or asking for help in his eyes, is the biggest form of weakness.

Easy breezy, despite all of Eugene’s protests, hi
3.7 Stars

I loved the writing, and the story of how all those people chipped in to help was very heart-warming.
I loved this, this was so sweet!! I read most of the reviews here saying they were a bit frustrated with Eugene's being stubborn (as in not wanting to receive any help). I, on the other hand, LOVED him for it.

I can connect with Eugene's determination to do things himself. Because he has been hurt before, betrayed by his own bigot brother. So I could understand how he needed to build that house by his own hands. Of course, I also wanted to knock Eugene when he ended up hurting himself *lol*

And C
Cathy Brockman
I loved loved loved this book.
Eugene had hit a rough patch in his life where everything he had seemed to be taken away. So he bought a small patch of land and was building a small home from scratch and Items he found at a cheap store or in the construction sites next door garbage bin. When the contractor from next door comes to visit Eugene is worried that he is in trouble and will lose everything but Caleb just wants to take him on a date. They hit it off but Eugen is wary and afraid to get to
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc, dsp, heart-warming, mm, short

OMG Eugene is so freaking stubborn! If only he;s not that stubborn and I wanted to slap his head all the time, I would probably enjoyed the book more. I mean, seriously? I have no idea why Cullen's so patient with him.LOL.
I don't think I have that kind pf patience Cullen have for Eugene.
This is a 'perfect Christmas story'. You know, sad, broken man, with a little tendencies to steal a box of nails, ended with a love of his life and everyone forgave him. I'm so jealous! :P
Well, this is Christmas
5 Hearts

What a wonderfully romantic story about letting yourself lean on someone, on accepting help and learning that while you can do it on your own, it’s so much better not to.

I adored this. I loved Eugene and loved hearing all the ways he was creating a home for himself reusing, recycling and repurposing materials in inventive ways to save money and make a lesser carbon footprint. I liked him dumpster diving at the construction site and how he would take care of the workers in his own Euge
Les Joseph
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even if Jaime Samms wasn't one of my favorite authors this title--Eugene and the Box of Nails--would have been enough to make me want to read this quirky, delightful Christmas story. It's part of Dreamspinner Press's yearly Advent Calendar that's always chock full of memorable holiday tales. This one is no different. What you'll get is one rather unique character, a little down on his luck but with lots of hope, and one mysterious guy who acts like one of Santa's elves. Eugene and Cullen were re ...more
Jules Lovestoread
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved the premise of this one! And, Eugene and Cullen were very sweet. <3 Full review coming to ...more
Ok, yes, I did want to throttle Eugene for his stubbornness more than once, but at the same time, the author made me understand his need for independence. His hard head didn’t deter me from loving the premise either, it added an air of realism to the new romance between Eugene and Cullen. They needed that bit of conflict to keep everything from being too perfect and to give the story some depth. I’m a sucker for a man with a toolbelt, so I did love the storyline very much and appreciated both ch ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, holiday, m-m, on-my-kindle
I envied Eugene in one big way right from the start. He might have been poor and having to resort to scavenging the supplies thrown away by the construction crew next door, but he has a postage stamp lot above a lake and he’s building his own cozy home. It didn’t take me long to fall head over heels for him, either. Not that surprising since I tend to have that reaction to a lot of this author’s characters. Regardless, Eugene might just be the sweetest, nicest man I’ve met in a very long time.

Most of the books in this series are light and fluffy, cute, sometimes second chance, beautiful holiday romances. This one had a hint of holiday romance, but mostly it just made me want to rip my hair out. Seriously, Cullen is a saint.

Don't get me wrong, I liked Eugene, but he was the most pigheaded, stubborn, stuck-in-his-ways character I have ever read about. When I said Cullen was a saint, what I really meant was that he has the patience of a mother. If I were Cullen's friend, I'd have told h
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yea! for all the mature character stories this Advent Calendar. I really enjoyed this Jaime Samms story of Eugene - who has really had more than his fair share of disasters befall him - and Cullen. Eugene is crazy stubborn - but he's pretty much never had anything go right for him and besides his younger brother, nobody has ever really stood up for him or had his back. Then Cullen, the foreman on the building site next to his comes along. He respects Eugene - despite all the bad stuff Eugene tel ...more
Lois - Who Reads
Poor Eugene has had a pretty tough life, but that has not kept him down. He has been living in a trailer and building a small house for himself and it has not been easy. He has to be a little creative with his planning and is not above rescuing supplies from the construction dumpster next door, although he does have some guilty feelings about his rescues.

I found Cullers absolutely adorable, there is nothing quite so endearing as a big ole bear of a man who is just a gentle sweet man. This is a
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A very enjoyable, feel good christmas story. 3.5*
I did wonder if the crow was more than a crow - but sometimes a crow is just a crow!!!
Quirky title, stubborn MC Eugene, super good hearted MC Cullen and a troop of construction elves.
Yes, Eugene could have asked for help a bit more but wanting to do it yourself is understandable but so is accepting help offered.
Like it a lot.
Short stories often lack in storyline development. I found nothing lacking in this sweet read. A sweet read which ticked many of the shelves I enjoy. Most of the novels I read have hot men on the covers so I didn't appreciate Eugene and the Box of Nails' cover until I read the novel, nice.

Bonus for me, Canadian author and set in a northern Ontario town.

Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Eugene and the Box of Nails is one of the longer stories in this year’s advent calendar that I’ve read. It’s also only one of two I’ve read twice this year because I loved Eugene’s hard-luck story and how, despite some pretty terrible incidents, he remains determined to achieve his goal and stays pretty positive most of the time. Eugene’s past reads as an example of the saying, “If it weren’t for bad luck, he wouldn’t have a
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars
Very sweet. Although Eugene was a bit frustrating at times he felt real. One of my favorites of the Stocking Stuffers line-up.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Short and sweet.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A heartwarming holiday story without being too moralistic/preachy. I liked the MCs and their attitude, I liked the house project, and I liked the cover, too.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, but it almost bordered on sickeningly sweet.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
This short story in the DSP Advent Calendar was a joy to read. I already read something else by Jaime Samms so I jumped at the chance of reviewing this new title. It was a lovely surprise and very sweet, just how I wanted it to be. I found the blurb interesting and I adored how the author deliver the romance. Well done!

I particularly liked how the relationship between Cullen and Eugene developed, how the first strongly tried to show Eugene how good they could be together, how he supported him in
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