Author: Dirk Greyson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Winter Holiday
Brick Colton has been hired to kill Santa Claus—or at least the kindhearted accountant playing Santa for the kids in an orphanage. Brick grew up in an orphanage himself, but that isn’t the only thing bothering him about the contract on Robin Marvington’s life. The details don’t add up, and it’s looking more and more like someone has set Robin up. As Brick investigates, Robin brings some much-needed cheer into his life, the light in Robin’s soul reaching something in Brick’s dark one. But all of that will end if they can’t find the person who wants Robin dead.
A Christmas story featuring a hired killer? As a person who doesn’t normally like Christmas stories, I figured this one was right up my alley. I was even kind of hoping Santa Claus would actually be killed.
Relax. He wasn’t!
Brick Colton (love that name) is an assassin who always gets the job done. He doesn’t expect anything to change when he takes the contract to kill an accountant named Robin Marvington. Things change for Brick when he sees Robin dress up as Santa for a local orphanage. It reminds Brick of his days spent in an orphanage and makes him second guess killing the man.
His resolve is even further weakened when he learns the real reason why someone wants to kill Robin and his instinct to protect kicks in.
Brick and Robin’s sex came out a little out of the blue for me, but I looked past it since this is a short story. Besides an attraction to Brick, I’m not sure why Robin slept with him. There are reasons given, but I didn’t really buy them. That being said, the sex was hot and entertaining.
This was an enjoyable short story, even if Santa didn’t bite it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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