Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Oscar has never liked the holidays and all the surrounding rigmarole, but that doesn’t stop his best friend from dragging him along for her Black Friday shopping spree. The only perk of the day is that he meets Nathan while he’s there.
With sparkling blue eyes, curly blond hair, and a smile that won’t stop, Nathan is a Christmas elf in the flesh. He even spends his days in a workshop! But Nathan is more than his bright smile, and he may be just the right person for Oscar. Assuming, of course, Oscar doesn’t drive him and his holiday spirit away first.
This was a nice story. Oscar is forced into Black Friday shopping, but while at Another Store (isn’t that a great name) he meets Nathan it doesn’t seem quite so bad when he is looking into his bright eyes. He goes back the next day just to try and see him again and they have an impromptu date to get to know each other a bit more.
I loved the interactions between Nathan and Oscar as they showed such openness to each other; however Oscar continually held something back until the end. Oscar has been hurt so much by his childhood that he has a lot of trouble separating how his parents behaved with how others celebrate the holiday. Nathan is the perfect counterpart to Oscar and even though Nathan grew up in the foster care system he didn’t have a bad childhood and has turned out wonderfully.
From the very beginning we can see how uncomfortable Oscar is with anything related to the holidays even if we don’t know the reason until the end of the story. Seeing him realize how in order to have a lasting and honest relationship with Nathan he will have to do to some compromising and how he works thru it is wonderful. Both characters were well put together and great for each other.
Cover art by Natasha Snow is beautiful and shows Oscar presenting his gift to Nathan.
ebook, 46 pages
Published: December 19, 2016 by Nine Star Press
Edition Language: English