Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Martin and his daughter stop by the North Pole display at the mall when she’s spots one of the cute elves. They don’t celebrate Christmas, but they do celebrate Hanukah, and the elf picks up on that and helps her see that the eight gifts she gets are going to be better than having to wait until December 25th for one gift. He also gives her a chance to meet Santa to satisfy her curiosity, but he doesn’t charge Martin since they obviously don’t want photos taken. That cute little elf also gives her a gift to give her daddy over the eight days. It turns out it’s the elf’s phone number, given out one digit at a time.
What Martin doesn’t know is that the elf is the cute receptionist at the building where he works, a young man who Martin would like to pursue a relationship with but is hesitant since he’s a single dad. Over the next few weeks, Martin and Tim, the receptionist, go out to lunch and flirt a lot. Martin thinks he might like to pursue a relationship but is so socially awkward that he can’t seem to make his feelings known. In the meantime, when he gets the full phone number from his daughter, he makes the call to the “elf” and tells him he’s not interested in pursuing a relationship. Of course Tim, who is the elf, thinks that means Martin is insincere in pursuing him at work.
I love the way the author commingled Tim’s roles, creating confusion and a light-hearted look at one man’s inept pursuit of another. This story was a little longer than some of the other stories in this collection, allowing for time for the relationship to be built. How Martin gets out of the mess he creates and what Tim thinks when he finally learns the truth make for a sweet holiday romance. I definitely recommend this one.
Cover art by Catt Ford is just adorable and perfect for the story.
Kindle Edition, 59 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
seriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar