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A Gift of Family

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.

Scott Burke has always desired a big family, but as a divorced single dad, all he has is his young daughter, Lexi. He pours himself into raising her, half-convinced he’ll never find what he’s looking for. When Brennan Price strolls into Scott’s life, he’d better have enough patience for b
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Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I wish I could say that I enjoyed this more, but, really, I'm being generous with 2-stars.

Just insta-love, insta-connection, insta... everything! I really hate insta-love, and I know it's hard to make the connections feel real in a short story, but this was just too much for me.

The dog part was cute, but other than that, it was a miss.

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3 Hearts

Ok, I admit that this moved pretty darn fast and this also seemed to have a split personality, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it.

Single dad Scott loves and appreciates everything about his young daughter. He only wishes he had more family to share the Christmas season with her. When he meets handsome stranger Brennan, who shows mutual interest, sparks fly immediately. Love progresses in a matter of days and the sexy result was a bit surprising and incongruous to the first half...

Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok

This was not a book for me. I hate to say it, but this will probably go down as my least favourite Stocking story of the year. It just didn't work for me - at all. It was just so much insta-love that it had a note (or giant orchestra) of desperation in it. There wasn't even the tiniest amount of connection between Scott and Brennan and all of a sudden they are proclaiming their undying love?

I know that it is difficult to create truly deep and emotional books with such few pages, but there nee
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, christmas, gbr, mm, advent-2017
I could not get over the fact that these two considered themselves in a relationship and were ready to meet the family after two meetings.

Scott was so starved for a family that is seemed like he grabbed the first guy he found and immediately thrust his daughter upon him so that they could play house. Lucky for Scott Brennan came with an instant loving family of parents and siblings, so Scott and his daughter could just join the family and be done with it all in one go.

Not my kind of story.

All the parts went to fast and the characters were too lightly drawn for me to really invest.

Not great.
Ruthie Taylor
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I love romantic Christmas novellas, as they bring all the magic and excitement of Christmas to life with plenty of heartwarming passion.

This is a very sweet story, with single Dad Scott finding a man who clearly understands that his toddler Lexie has to come first. The instant attraction soon morphed to more, as Brennan makes all the right moves. The dog and daughter interactions are fun, the desire is mutual and the out
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday-mm, reviewed
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was an okay story. I liked how Brennan wanted to woo both Scott and Lexi and his patience. Their connection felt a bit forced and quick for Scott being a man that is supposedly cautious about bringing someone into their life he falls a but fast. I thought Brennan seemed cute but didn’t feel as if I got the chance to know him. For all their cautiousness and shyness the D/S feeling in the bedroom didn’t work f
Morgan  Skye
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a nice, sweet, short holiday story about finding love. It didn’t do much to inspire me, but the writing was fine and the overall warm feelings were good.

3 of 5 stars
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, reviewed, xmas


I really thought this short little story was great. Such a wonderfully sweet, easy going meeting, with instant attraction on both sides, make that all four sides. With plans made to get together the next day, for all four, again. “Four” being Brennan and Scott — the 2 adults; Scott’s baby Lexi, and fourth — Brennan’s great-big, big-big, dog! A great big, gentle-giant of a Mastif
Lena Grey
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
“My daughter is the biggest gift; ... but the thing about being a parent is when you think you've cracked it, and you're on top of your game, they change again and you have to catch up and adjust...” ~ Geri Halliwell

Scott, of 'A Gift of Family' by Tami Veldura, is a wonderful, loving father to his little girl, Lexi. He's completely dedicated to her care, especially since Scott and her mother are divorced and she isn't around. Scott is a good father, but when he sees other families out together,
Lisa The Novel Approach
You know what? This was cute. It was short and definitely full-on insta-love…but, this little story made me smile. Which is pretty much the job of the Christmas romance, yeah? No matter the length? Above all else, we want a story that will make us smile. Mission accomplished with Tami Veldura’s A Gift of Family.

I enjoyed both characters. Scott was a wonderful father—always putting his daughter’s needs above his own—who longed for a family that was more than just the two of them. Someone for the
Natosha Wilson
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good short story for ge holiday season. I enjoyed this read. It was not long but what I liked is that it is a little sappy and it was nice to read a book about two meeting and instantly knowing that they found something special with one another.

Scott is a single father of a cute little girl named Lexi. Scott has raised Lexi on his own after he and his ex wife divorced following Lexi's birth. He would not trade his time with his daughter for anything but much like any or most single paren
Too much, too soon

I’m going to try and not pick this short apart, but A Gift of Family had a number of things that didn’t work for me and I feel 2 stars is being fairly generous. When I began this story, I was hopeful. Aided by an infant and an older mastiff, Scott and Brennan meet in a park just before Christmas. Unfortunately, this meet cute was really the only part of the story that worked well for me. After their meeting, things between these two progress at warp speed. I’m not a fan of ins
Jenny Wood
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christmas, insta-love and a hot dad, what’s not to enjoy?

While I did think this one went a little warp speed, it seemed to work okay with the Christmas theme with miracles happening and all that. Brennan was taking a walk with his dog in the park one day and saw Scott and his daughter Lexi playing. Interested, he went back the next day to try to make an approach. Not in a creepy way, it was cute and goodness knows I’ve done the same thing, only at a grocery story with a hot bag boy LOL Its cute
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✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

I have not seen an individual cover for this title, only the cover for the collection as a whole and therefore will not be judging this short story by the collection's cover.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person

This was a cute and complete short story. Scott and his toddler, Lexi, meet Brennan and his dog, Jazz, at the park only a few days before Christmas. After an introduction and nice get-to-know-you, they agree to meet up the following
At first I thought the blurb was a little misleading when Brennan “is hatching a plan to win Lexi over” to get to her father, which sounded slightly off putting at first, but I quickly learned my first impression was completely wrong and Brennan’s plan is really quite innocent and sweet. He’s very upfront with Scott about using his big sweetheart of a dog to get to know Scott and his toddler daughter. Scott and Brennan had really good banter and the flirting between them was good stuff and fun t ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc, dsp, holiday, mm, short

Cute and adorable story, with a little girl and a dog in the middle. Makes everything between Scott and Brennan's relationship a lot easier. When someone liked your dog, and someone can stand your daughter and adored her, things like falling in love as soon as possible believable. Right?
Yeah, it's an insta-love between Brennan and Scott. Brennan won't take no as an answer, and Scott is just, okay, he's the right guy for me.
Scott got the best Christmas gift in the world, a family.
It's HFN with a
2.5 stars. Even for a holiday short story I felt this was a bit rushed on the relationship side. Scott and Brennan are both nice and somewhat lonely guys and they have fun hanging out - which Scott especially appreciates since Brennan not only seems to not mind his single father status, but actually like kids. I just didn't really get a feel for either character, so the rush to relationship didn't feel authentic to me.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
A short, quick read.
The story moved along at a very fast pace - from meeting to love and happy everafter in 2 days!
Scott and daughter Lexi catch Brennan’s eye in the park then on Christmas Day they bond over a sick Lexi.
One area I did like was that we didn’t go the obvious route when they were together.
Katy Beth Mckee
This was a sweet story of Brennon using his dog to get and the attention of Scott and his daughter. There are some really sweet family making scenes. So the jump to dirty talk sex was a bit of jolt in such a short story. But still overall an enjoyable story.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Probably 2.5/5. Moves really fast.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas heat

Two men meet and fall in love after they've met in a park before Christmas with heat and desire rolled into one!

Great premise but things happened way too fast for my liking. This could have been such a sweet story.
Nell Iris
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is thirty-two pages of awwww-inducing sweetness and that’s just the way I love my holiday stories. It’s two men, a little girl, and a dog in reindeer antlers. It’s insta-love (which I personally love), wintery goodness, hot chocolate, and dirty talk…and seriously: What more do you need? It’s perfect for getting you in a Christmas mood: curl up on the couch with a hot beverage of your choice, light the fire (if you have one), and let yourself be transported to the land where it’s possible fo ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a sweet romance that tells the story of single Dad Scott, who has very little family, and Brennan, who has a huge family but no man in his life. It is only a short story so there isn't heaps of development but the author still packs in a good bit of romance and a little dollop of heat. On a date they go Christmas fair and it really got me in the Christmas mood. So much so that I found a Christmas fair near me to atte
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Tami Veldura is an enby/aro/ace author of queer fiction. Hir pronouns are sie/hir/Mx. Sie loves romance, fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories that push genre limits. Sie lives in California where sie writes full-time which means procrastinating as often as possible with video games. Dragons fascinate hir, a consistent schedule eludes hir, and sie makes a terrible housewife, just ask Mr ...more