Book Reviews

The Gift of the Gay Guy by Michael P. Thomas at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-December-2013

Book Blurb

‘Tis the night before Christmas when Derrick Halvorson’s flight to Minneapolis is diverted to a tiny municipal airport out in the sticks. Grounded by a blizzard, he lucks into the last hotel room in town, which he offers to share with Lee, a tall, tempting twink from his flight with nowhere else to go. The sex is awesome, but when Derrick catches Lee stealing what little cash he has in his wallet, he tosses the guy out.

When Lee resurfaces in the morning, Derrick resolves to stay mad, so no one is more surprised than he is when he turns up at the Halvorson Family Christmas with Lee in tow. When his cop brother recognizes Lee, Derrick fears the worst.

Is Lee actually a career criminal? Or was taking the money a desperate one-off? Lee can always pay back the sixty dollars, but will the punishment fit the crime if he steals Derrick's heart?


Book Review

Some relationships get off to a bad start, some are full of misunderstandings, and in some cases one or both partners are so full of secrets and a reluctance to share any of them that I wonder if the two guys will ever manage to get their acts together. Derrick and Lee in this story suffer from all three of the above problems and the fact they manage to stay together is a miracle in its own right. Not that Derrick doesn’t try to get rid of Lee, whom he thinks of as a thief, but somehow he can’t. Not in good conscience. And the way this story is told, full of humor and quirky little observations about human nature, I definitely wasn't able (nor willing!) to put it down before it finally came to its heartwarming conclusion.

Derrick is a good guy with the worst luck. His boyfriend tragically died almost three years ago, and comfort eating has expanded Derrick's waistline to embarrassing proportions. It makes finding someone to share his bed with more difficult than he wants to admit. When he gets stuck at a tiny airport, miles from where he wanted to be to see his mother and brothers for Christmas, the guy he offered to share his room with empties his wallet and kicks him out. But what the guy ends up doing with the money when a group of blizzard-stranded kids need Santa to make an appearance makes Derrick question his assumptions about Lee's character.

As Derrick tries to drop Lee of at his brother's house, but instead ends up taking him home to his own mother's house when the man won’t let Lee in, then spends Christmas Eve with Lee, more and more of Lee's past emerges in tiny little bits. The whole situation is rather mysterious and Derrick jumps to a few conclusions he probably shouldn't have. This could have ended badly, but Derrick is determined to figure out the truth and Lee seems as determined to stick with Derick.

If you like stories full of humor, even as potentially tragic situations arise, if you enjoy reading about men with so many misunderstandings between them that it seems like a miracle they’re still talking to each other twenty-four hours after they first meet, and if you're looking for a fun, slightly quirky, and heartwarming Christmas read, then you will probably like this short story with a wonderfully happy end.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 13643 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-December-2013
Price $3.19 ebook
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