Book Reviews

Candy Canes and Cappuccinos (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by Elizabeth Coldwell at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-December-2017

Book Blurb

Kyle is struggling to run his coffee shop on his own after his partner walked out on him. He has his eye on Steven, who comes into the shop each day, but hasn’t worked up the nerve to express his interest. When Steven asks Kyle to help out with Christmas lunch at the homeless shelter where he works, Kyle is too exhausted to agree. He donates his tips but still feels he’s blown his chances with Steven and made himself look like a selfish jerk.

On Christmas Day, Kyle sees a way to make amends—to both Steven and the needy people depending on his kindness. It’s the right thing to do, and Kyle hopes he can clear up the misunderstanding and show Steven the type of man he really is. Maybe then they can consider some dessert when the lunch at the shelter is over….

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

Book Review

Homeless shelters can be sad places, especially at Christmas. On the other hand, seeing people pull together and strangers helping out is an incorporation of the Christmas spirit that always give me hope. This story is a good example – it shows how Kyle, working hard to make his coffee shop a success despite his ex walking out on him, finds his way back into helping others as well. It isn’t that he is selfish or ignores others’ needs, but having to fight so hard for his own financial survival had made him a little self-centered. Nothing that meeting Steven can’t cure…

Kyle has had a hard time after his ex decided to cheat on him and walk out with a super-rich guy. Both Kyle’s self-esteem and his wallet have received a hit, but he is determined to be a successful coffee shop owner, no matter what. All this focus has tired him out and all he wants is a day off. So when Steven asks him to help with serving the Christmas Day meal at the shelter he runs, Kyle explains he needs time for a break – without thinking about the fact others are a lot worse off than he is. He regrets it almost immediately and spends the rest of the story trying to make up for his blunder. I loved the good that comes out of his efforts – and so does Steven.

If you like Christmas stories that show how the best in people comes out in adversity, if you want to see two lonely men connect, and if you’re looking for a sweet read where all ends well after a slight hiccup, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 24 pages/7865 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2017
Price $1.99 ebook
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