Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, Winter Holiday
Paxton Peterson’s favorite day of the year is his annual Gay Boy Christmas dinner. He’s checked and double-checked his to-do list, because nothing stresses him out like the unexpected. Confident everything will run smoothly, Paxton embarks on his yearly snowshoed hike through the Rocky Mountains near his home. His perfectly planned evening is cut short by Logan Charles’s careless enjoyment of his brother’s snowmobile, and Paxton is stranded in the woods. It’s the worst thing that could’ve possibly happened to him—or maybe the best.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
Oh this short story was so much fun! I smiled my way from start to finish. Paxton was such an oddball character. He was so over the top arrogant Type A yet self deprecating and needy. His observations were simultaneously humorous and appropriate. I mean come on! If only that snowmobile had done more sit ups this entire situation could have been avoided!
I love that the writing style displayed Paxton’s personality so well. The fast paced, clever use of language highlighted the comedy and showcased the depth hidden behind the snark. This was a great first meeting where I could feel the connection between the men. Kudos to the author for not trying to give the reader too much in just a few pages. He managed to show that both Paxton and Logan are in need of each other and are both able to grow and adapt without forcing things into a perfect tidy conclusion.
I really hope to see more from these men in the future. I would love to have a story from Logan’s POV so that I could see how he really feels about Paxton and if his inner monologues are just as fun. I would also love to see the full version of the Horny Elf Exchange to see how creative the author could be in his naughty gifts.
I felt this short story was well done and fulfilling. It was just right for its length and left me with a sense of satisfied Christmas cheer. I recommend everyone pick this one up.
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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