Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
It is December 23rd, and Tyler Martin is waiting in the airport for his flight back home to New Jersey for the Christmas holiday. Having missed returning home last year due to his then boyfriend wanting to spend it together, he is anxious to get his family celebration. While waiting for his delayed flight due to a massive snowstorm out east, he sees a teddy bear sitting across from him. When the occupants of the seats next to the teddy leave for their flights, Tyler realizes that someone who has already left must have forgotten the bear. He takes the bear to the airline’s customer service area to turn it into lost and found.
Aaron Klein is busy working the counter of the airline he is employed by. With numerous delays and cancellations, he is assisting people with their travel woes. Having already celebrated Hanukah, Aaron does not mind working the Christmas holidays. While on the phone with a mother asking about a lost teddy bear, Aaron notices a gorgeous man approach the counter with said bear. After assuring the mother that the bear will be there when she returns from her trip, the man proposes to do something special for the child who is missing her bear. Aaron agrees to go along with Tyler’s suggestion hoping to get to know this man whose plane has been delayed by weather. Will this new relationship take off or be grounded just as Tyler’s flight has been?
I absolutely adored this story. I have to say that I personally am a teddy bear enthusiast. So when the list of Advent stories was made available, I jumped on this one. I loved how the author used a child’s bear to bring two men who are neither related to the owner together. What they do for the girl who owns the bear brings the two closer together. And while there are questions by both men as to whether such a chance meeting could lead to anything, the reader knows that the two will get together at the end. This is a delightful holiday read.
The cover art by Paul Richmond for this story is the standard cover for Dreamspinner’s Sleigh Ride Advent event.
Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar