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Homemade from the Heart

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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.

Craft store owner Grant has always been a sucker for a pretty face, and that goes double for a pretty face with an adorable sidekick. When seven-year-old Aubrey has her heart set on taking Grant’s already-full holiday craft series, he caves and gives up his one day off a week so she (and
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Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I wish the ending hadn't been so abrupt (I would barely call it a HFN), but this is still an insanely cute story about a craft store owner and a Hot Dad who's eager for private lessons.

Grant was a little slow on the uptake, but that was part of the charm. And Aubrey was just adorable.

Sweet, enjoyable holiday read.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Now this was cute!

Craig owns his own craft store where he teaches children how to make all kinds of things. With Christmas in sight and his co-worker on holiday Craig is working like crazy. But apparently he still has time on his one day off a week to give private lessons to little Aubrey, because her dad is HOT!

And that’s how Craig finds himself with 7 year old Aubrey and her dad Josh for the next couple of Sundays making Christmas gifts for Aubrey to give to her family. But despite
Homemade from the Heart was an absolute delight to read. I would love to see this short turned into a full length novel, or something, because with some more time for Josh and Grant to develop a relationship - including alone time, would make this story perfection.

This Christmas short is about a craft store owner, Grant, deciding to do some private craft lessons for seven year old Aubrey when she and Josh (designated Hot Divorced Dad in Grant's mind) come in seeking to join a class that is alrea
3.5 stars

When Aubrey and her Hot Divorce Dad walked into Grant’s craft store where he also has children classes to create artsy things, Grant decides there and then to offer a private lesson to her. Even if he doesn’t actually give private lessons. It’s just that the dad is hot and Grant wants to spend more time with him.

This is another cute read from this year’s DSP Advent collection – I enjoyed how Grant was imagining Josh’s family life with Aubrey, all along crushing over him but couldn’t exa
5 Hearts

This was ADORABLE! This is totally my kind of story. I loved the meet cute with Grant and Hot Divorced Dad as he is trying to get his daughter Aubrey into the Holiday Gift Craft Series at Make And Take. Grant was an amazing narrator as he lets us know exactly what he thinks about Hot Divorced Dad and that he knows he is going way overboard with his crush offering private lessons just so he can be around both HDD and his little girl.

This story has all sorts of UST in it and I loved the

Welcome to Make and Take, where Christmas wishes just might come true. Especially with a meddling 7 year old with a heart of gold thrown into the mix.

When Josh and Aubrey lands in Grant’s store begging to attend one of his fully booked classes, he offers private lessons during four weekends instead – giving up his only free day in the process. We follow then through the arts and crafts over the next month, through mischief and flirting, and see the tension between them building.

The ending felt
Grant and Josh have a super sweet, fun Christmas romance with crafts, cluelessness, and flirting.

I really love the writing in this Christmas short. You will root for this couple and be so happy when they finally figure it out.
Joyfully Jay
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I must tell you that I swept through this short story with decided glee. Not only was it interesting to try and decipher just who Josh was in relation to Aubrey, but watching poor Grant fall helplessly in lust was well done and quite fun as well. There was decided chemistry between the two men and Josh really was a bit heart melting in terms of how he treated Aubrey. However, the best aspect of this short story is how Baker gives a real sense of who Grant is in such
Jenny Wood
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am such a sucker for a hot guy with kids… so of course I loved this one.

Grant owns a little arts and crafts place where he does art class projects with kids. Working all week long, except Sunday’s, he’s surprised when a new little girl comes in with her gorgeous dad, looking for classes that have already been filled up. So, Grant offers them private classes on his only days off, only he doesn’t tell that to Hot Divorced Dad, because even though he’s likely straight, he just wants to see him a
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 story builds over a number of weeks, and heats up so beautifully, almost innocently. Grant skirts around his attraction as he completely misunderstands the relationship between Aubrey and Josh, which is both cute and funny. I loved his inventiveness and the fun he had in the craft s
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Rating 4.5*s

I adored Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker. This is a story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advert Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.” The story was well written, and it was full of feel-good holiday cheer.

This story is about a seven-year-old Aubrey that has her heart set on taking Grant’s already full holiday craft series. However, the craft store owner Grant caves and gives up his one day off a week so she and her guar
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I must say that Aubrey was a bit mature for a seven-year-old, while Josh and Grant sure could've done a bit of growing up and used a bit more of their communication skills... but overall, I loved this story! I am NOT a crafty person, but I AM a "repurpose" person... so, I share Grant's love of making something new or unique out of something old or made for another purpose! Josh did "good" with the snowman issue and I love to read Christmas stories because they always have a HEA! *grin*
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4 Stars

This was a really sweet read. I absolutely loved Grant, Josh and Aubrey, who was just adorable. The story was well-written and the author kept me turning the pages. My only wish is that we’d gotten more of Josh and Grant as a couple, but still, this was an enjoyable holiday read. Recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Lena Grey
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Some gifts are big. Others are small. But the ones that come from the heart is the best gift at all.” ~ Tinku Razoria

Christmas time is the busiest time of the year for Grant, but he loves owning a craft store, even when things are a bit out of control. Grant's craft classes are completely full and have been for some time, much to the dismay of some of his customers. Even so, when little Aubrey, accompanied by Josh, comes in, Grant is entranced by the beautiful little girl and her male companion
Happily Ever Chapter
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Glass, dome-type Christmas themed ornament nestled amidst pine boughs. Strong title font. Good author font. Cute sounding short holiday story, involving a matchmaking child!

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

In the midst of the harried holiday hordes, Josh and Aubrey walk into MAKE AND TAKE to participate in an art class that's been sold old since the beginning of November. Josh's mild and
Love is Love Book Reviews
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Originally appeared on Love is Love Book Reviews.

This is a wonderful holiday read! Flip on the Christmas lights, make some hot chocolate and a plate of cookies before curling up by the fireplace to read this story. You won’t regret it. With only 63 pages, it’s not meant to be a full HEA romance. It’s more like an extended Meet-Cute and an amazing little jewel box of sweet feels and a romantic ending that will definitely generate some Awwws.

Yes, it’s short, even for a novella, and a bit pricey, b
The Novel Approach Reviews
This story was so sweet and really captured my heart. I wanted a physical copy to hold to my chest and squee because it was perfect.

Grant is a hard-working owner of a crafts shop aimed at kids, something I would have loved when I was a kid myself. I hope the author does a release at some point and provides some of the crafts Grant and Aubrey do during their private lessons as a bonus, because I really want to have a go myself.

Grant embodies the saying assumptions make an ass out of you and me, a
Awwwwww . . . .
The premise here is completely and utterly adorable and the author delivered with a story that left me warm and fuzzy, wanting a peppermint mocha and craving some time with my glue gun. Christmas stories are made for meet-cutes and Homemade from the Heart has a meet-cute in spades. I was glad there was no angst to be had here and the minor misunderstandings made sense as Craig and Josh get to know each other in Craig’s craft classes for kids. Josh just happens to have access to a
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another sweet story of finding love at Christmas time. 7-year old Aubrey and Josh come into Grant's Art shop wanting to sign up for the Christmas gift-making series of classes - but they've been sold out for weeks. Grant is drawn to Josh and so he offers them private lessons - on Sunday - his only day off! Aubrey is adorable and Josh is Grant's dream date, so what if he gives up his only day off in December?

As they work through the lessons, things get interesting between Josh and Grant.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

For the full review visit on 12/25

From that review: " Another absolutely adorable, full out Christmasy short story, Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker is full of good cheer and romance.  How can it not be when one of the main characters owns and runs a craft store that's making holiday crafts?  Hello Snowman and glitter by the buckets!  It made my inner kid want to reach for the glue and craft project
Yup, this is it. This is my favorite of the Stocking Stuffers bunch. You'd think I'd learn that the Bru Baker Christmas stories are my faves. I loved Talk Turkey too. It's amazing I like them so much because neither story has any sexual content (plenty of innuendo though: ornament balls and bottoms in this one/turkey stuffing in the other) and the ending is HFN at best. The ending feels like a beginning, but a strong one. Overall a good Christmas story I read on Valentine's Day.
Cathy Brockman
Grant owns a craft store that has lessons for children. His latest series Homemade for Christmas sold out almost as soon as he posted. But when in walks a gorgeous man with his daughter and she wants to make her mom a pillow the dog ate he gives in and offers his one day off for private lessons. This is a cute story. I fell in love with both Grant and Josh right away. There is a bit of a twist as well. I wanted to make some of these gifts myself!
If you like art, art teachers, business owners, cu
Lelyana's Reviews
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc, dsp, holiday, mm

Cute story, with an adorable seven year old matchmaker and art. Art everywhere!
And men with no communicating skills usually made me angry, lol. And Grant and Josh are both part of that.
I mean, come on, can you just ask? What's so hard about asking?
But this is also cute, even assumption is kinda irked me a little.
This one is light, sweet and adorable story. Again, with art. And I'm an art junkie.

Enjoyable and fun. Read this!
Christina's Bookshelf
This is probably one of the most cutest stories I've read this holiday season. Aubrey, the little girl, really steals the show with how honest, cheerful, and devoted she is to family and Christmas. Watching Grant and Josh maneuver around each other wasn't too shabby either.

You can see my full review here:
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zz-2017, nov-utc-read, m-m
This was an adorable Christmas tale. I loved how sweet Grant was with his lies about private lessons to give little Aubrey a chance to make her gifts and to spend time with Josh. The miscommunications were perfect and sweet and made for a beautiful tale.
Katy Beth Mckee
Great way to start my Christmas morning. A great precocious child helping two clueless and timid guys get it together. This is a sweet start to a new relationship. And the Star Wars joke was a fun little bonus.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story. Great read.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-xmas
So clever Bru Baker!! xD
This is nice Xmas story!! AT some point I was a bit unconfortable with the situation... but everything sort out at the end ! xD
Tori Thompson
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awwww... Loved this one!
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Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no de