Book Reviews

Unexpected Christmas by Nell Iris at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-December-2017

Book Blurb

Daniel Erickson stormed out of his family celebration after choking on turkey served with a side of bigotry. Utterly miserable, he reluctantly lets himself be charmed by the hulk of a man and gets into the stranger’s car ... hoping he won’t be axed before the night is through.

Axel Wilson -- Ax for short, unfortunately -- is a sweetheart. Really. He may be badass-looking but his heart melts into goo at the mere mention of his four-year-old niece. Surely he isn’t dangerous?

Thrown together by family drama, the two men spend the evening getting to know each other. Axel is nothing like Daniel expected. But it doesn’t matter that he loves poetry, is gentle and patient -- and hot! -- Daniel is absolutely not falling in love at first sight. There’s no such thing.


Book Review

‘Unexpected Christmas’ is an absolutely adorable story about two men who meet by chance, the danger of judging a man by his appearance, and the importance of love and acceptance. It is set on Christmas day and takes Daniel, who tells the story, from abject misery about the rejection by his family to finding the most unexpected guy to fall for. Not that Daniel believes in love at first sight – definitely not with someone who looks as “dangerous” as Axel – but it seems he can’t help himself. Not that I blame him!

Daniel is in trouble: he ran out of his mother’s house on an impulse and didn’t take a jacket, then he accepts a ride from a truck driver who looks more badass than Daniel should be comfortable with, and he ends up celebrating Christmas with a total stranger. Except Axel stops being a stranger very quickly and between him and his four-year-old niece, Daniel feels happier and more at home than he ever has with his own bigoted relatives.

Daniel and Axel’s story reads very much like a fairy tale with extra sprinkles of Christmas magic. Both men fall for each other faster than you can say “Christmas tree”, and many may say that is unrealistic, but I don’t care. I love how this story turns out, it made me smile, and after all – it’s Christmas!

If you like sweet stories with a few wonderful surprises, if you think that two total strangers can manage to fall for each other amidst family drama, and if you’re looking for a read that has a white Christmas, unexpected romance leading to love, and a very happy ending, then you will probably like this short story as much as I do.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 13527 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-December-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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