Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toy shop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature.
When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug.”
Teddy Bears featured some of my favorite things; characters that don’t fit the traditional definition of beautiful, men who look beyond the physical and geeks.
This was a short and sweet love story between Brian McKay, a bathhouse employee, and James Olsen (not Superman’s pal) a customer at the bathhouse. When I read about the bathhouse in the blurb I expected some hot sexy action there. I didn’t get that but I wasn’t disappointed.
Brian catches James’ attention at the bathhouse but they then run into each other at a toy store. I love how James is drawn to Brian for reasons other than the physical. Brian assumes James is a chubby chaser but it’s really that James doesn’t care what Brian looks like. Plus, the fact that Brian is a total geek—he makes YouTube videos starring his hamsters—made me love James all the more.
This was a sweet story without being too cheesy.
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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