Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
After the tragic death of his sister, Jan, Dex Crawford leaves his life in Portland to take care of his twelve-year-old niece, Rowan. He gets a job as a physical therapist and tries to be a good guardian to Rowan, but they’re both grieving. The Christmas holidays hit Dex especially hard this year. He’d always left it to Jan to make the season merry, and now it’s up to him. Two weeks before Christmas, Dex has yet to even put up a Christmas tree.
Things go from bad to worse when Rowan’s clarinet is stolen right before the school holiday concert. Dex’s life begins to turn around when he accompanies Rowan to school to talk to her band teacher, Ed Alcott. Handsome and kind, Ed likes kids, music, and holiday decorations. Dex comes to think of him as his very own Christmas elf. Ed brings with him everything that’s been missing in Dex’s life: the possibility of love, home, and celebration… and Christmas trees.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
I was planning on giving this story four stars. It is a solid holiday tale with likable characters and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Then Elliott went and made me tear up. Yep, that extra half star is for the tears.
I adore Dex. He stopped his life for his family. He cared for his sister and his niece without a second thought. He put his niece’s needs first. However, he wasn’t a martyr about it. He was mature about it. When he found something he wanted, he talked to her about it instead of assuming her reaction. I loved that. No manufactured, unnecessary angst. No evil relatives for the sake of evil relatives.
This is a story of a grown man finding his way in his new world at the holidays. I would love to see what comes of Dex and Ed in the future.
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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