Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Dylan Hughes owns a small bakery. He’s doing what he loves and business is good, but he’s lonely. After a bad relationship, he’s been keeping to himself, and things are worse during the Christmas season. Then there is his unrequited crush on Aaron Tyler.
Aaron is a successful event planner. He and Dylan met more than two years earlier and, after tasting Dylan’s baking, Aaron proposed a collaboration. They’ve worked together ever since. Not willing to risk their friendship, Dylan has kept his feelings under wraps.
But a secret admirer begins to send Dylan thoughtful gifts twelve days before Christmas. The cute, clever gifts keep on coming and he’s flattered, but they couldn’t have come at a worse time. Aaron has finally asked him out.
What happens when the secret admirer’s identity is revealed on Christmas Day? Will Dylan’s blossoming relationship with Aaron survive?
This was a cute story. Dylan is so lonely, he doesn’t even have regular employees to work with and you can only get so much from customer interaction. He would rather have a quite night at home in lieu of the bar scene so it’s hard to find someone let alone someone who would be worthwhile.
Dylan’s shock at receiving the gifts from a secret admirer is adorable, he can’t believe anyone would want him let alone spend the amount of money that it must cost. He really feels it’s mostly a joke, but absolutely jumps at the chance to date Aaron when asked. I could see their relationship solidly building as they made a point of working up form their friendship instead of just jumping ahead. I liked Dylan’s attitude that even though the gifts were great and exorbitant he was happy with building a real relationship with the man he has wanted.
The cover art gives a sweet visual of the characters.