Book Reviews

The Last Gift (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by Chrissy Munder at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-December-2017

Book Blurb

College student Nick Reed works late shift at a convenience store and dreams of graduation, a job he can be proud of, and finding the man of his dreams.

But the man of his dreams is about to find him.

A change in his lab hours forces Nick to swap shifts with a coworker. But no one prepared Nick for Mr. 5:25—Aaron Hampton—a beefy blond who’s Nick’s perfect guy, but professionally and socially out of Nick's reach. Soon Aaron becomes the highlight of Nick's workday, and when the overly focused lawyer needs Nick's help with holiday gifts, Nick is eager to spend time with Aaron.

They become friends, share book recommendations, and are surprised to find themselves at the same charity run. But is that all? When Aaron learns Nick is heading back to his old shift, will he find the courage to ask for one last, very special gift?

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

Book Review

Entertaining and funny, this Christmas story features a serious crush, lots of angst, two main characters with a brain, and slowly growing feelings that end up leaving both guys in need of a good conversation. I enjoyed the slow bonding and shyness on both sides as Christmas slowly approaches and Nick knows his early shift at the convenience store will come to an end once he goes back to his normal time. It’s the only time he gets to see Aaron, and he can’t seem to find enough courage to ask him out. What a conundrum!

Nick is a pretty typical college student in that he hates doing laundry, has to work hard to make enough money to pay for his studies, and hardly has any time for a social life. He is more driven to succeed than most and his major is more than a mouthful. Nick still feels intimidated by Aaron being a lawyer and a money-earning professional. I was cheering him on as he and Aaron slowly get to know each other and discover more than one common interest. It takes Nick so long to decide he wants to go for it that he almost loses his chance…

If you like slow-burn romances, if you want to watch two sweet, shy guys dance around each other while their mutual attraction grows, and if you’re looking for an amusing read that might distract you from any real-life stress you might face, you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 48 pages/14336 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2017
Price $1.99 ebook
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