Author: Sara Stark
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/30/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Winter Holiday
Being evacuated from his apartment in the middle of the night because some idiot forgot his cookies in the oven isn’t the ideal way to meet a guy, but Mason’s hot neighbor Cole sure looks great in his underwear. The trouble is, Mason is the idiot who started the fire, and Cole doesn’t appreciate being lied to any more than he appreciates being driven out into the cold. It looks like their romance might end before it gets started, but Christmas is a time for second chances….
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
I may have mentioned I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas stories but I try to read a few each holiday season hoping to knock out the Grinch within. This was one of the better ones I’ve read recently with realistic guys, snark and decent conflict.
It’s a fairly simple plot that the author did well with.
Mason is baking cookies when he forgets to check the oven and sets off the fire alarm, causing the residents of his apartment to vacate in the middle of winter. It’s outside in the cold that Mason meets his neighbor Cole who happens to be in his underwear. It’s an interesting meet cute that could’ve fallen flat but Stark managed to infuse the men with enough personality that there was chemistry between the two of them.
Mason and Cole flirt while outside, but Cole is not happy when he learns Mason is the idiot who set off the fire alarm. I liked the fact that Cole was genuinely pissed that Mason hadn’t come clean right away. I’d been expecting him to forgive him so they could hop into bed. That would’ve been the cliché way to go. Thankfully, that’s not what happened.
This was a cute story that made my Grinch shrink just a bit.
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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