Rating: 4 stars out of 5
On the solstice, Rory’s grandfather gives him a pocket watch that he claims will have Rory’s life sorted and his problems solved by Christmas. Rory starts out skeptical, but when he reconnects with an ex he never thought he’d see again, he has to admit there might be some holiday magic working after all.
Deacon’s life is in shambles, and he’s returned to Syracuse for a fresh start. Running into Rory again feels like much more than a coincidence, and neither of them can deny the passion between them is still smoldering. With the watch behaving oddly at just the right moments, Rory and Deacon might receive the gift of a lifetime—if they’re willing to accept it.
Another wonderful Advent Stocking Stuffer short story from Dreamspinner Press, A Timely Gift by Kris T. Bethke has a hint of the magical about it while being essentially a second chance at love romance.
After a brief “thing” and separation when one leaves to pursue his dreams across the country, now years later Rory is about to reconnect with his past. His ex, Deacon returns to town and runs into Rory just when both need each other the most. But is it accident or is it due to Rory’s grandfather’s gift of his mysterious pocketwatch at the Winter Solstice?
I loved everything about this slow second chance at love story. From Rory’s African Grey parrot Apollo to the injured Deacon and the naturally tender way the men reconnect and fall back into love once more. The men, the dialogs and dynamics all felt relevant to the ages of the men and their situations. All so nicely done and expected as I have loved this author’s stories before.
The only element here that felt a little underwhelming was the mystical “pocket watch”. It honestly didn’t feel all that magical to me. It made a few noises but really seemed underutilized as a story element as was the Winter Solstice connection which wasn’t thoroughly explored. As a storyline thread it was thin and I wish it was a much larger part of the story to give this a truly holiday feel it deserves.
Still A Timely Gift by Kris T. Bethke is a sweet second chance at love romance, one you won’t want to miss.
Cover Art by Paul Richmond is humorous and lively, just what I expect and want for my Advent Stocking Stuffer cover.
ebook, 39 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Series2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers