A Barb the Zany Old Lady Advent Release Day Review: The Puzzle Box (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by C.C. Bridges

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

This was a delightful short holiday story in which Cole, artist and elementary art teacher, is not looking forward to the Christmas holiday this year because his lover and best friend, James, is a soldier deployed overseas.  I was immediately able to relate to this, having had a family member deployed in a war zone over the holidays thirteen years ago. 

Cole at least has his BFF, Liz, to keep him company and to nag him into eating and shopping, two things that are way too boring without James.  When Cole receives a box from James in early December, it takes him a short time to figure out that James is going to lead him on a Scavenger Hunt to what will ultimately be his best Christmas present ever!  Along the way, though, there are stops at locations where the two men had firsts: first kiss, first dinner after moving in together, etc.

As I stated earlier, this one is delightful.  I’m impressed by this author who is new to me.  The characters are well developed, the plot is thoughtful and interesting, and the ending is everything I would hope for in a holiday romance.  I highly recommend this stocking stuffer to all lovers of MM romance and if you have a spot in your heart for those serving their country away from home, this one is perfect to lift your spirits.

The cover by Paul Richmond is the standard Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar art—bright and and cheerful.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 31 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffer

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