Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Craft store owner Grant has always been a sucker for a pretty face, and that goes double for a pretty face with an adorable sidekick. When seven-year-old Aubrey has her heart set on taking Grant’s already-full holiday craft series, he caves and gives up his one day off a week so she (and her hot guardian, Josh) can take private lessons. Their flirting ramps up week after week, and even though Josh isn’t with Aubrey’s mother, Grant can’t be sure the man isn’t straight. Maybe he’s just being friendly. And Josh, who most definitely is not straight, is afraid of being the creepy guy hitting on the teacher.
Frustrated by their stubbornness and cluelessness, Aubrey takes matters into her own hands. She decides the best gift to give Josh is something homemade and from the heart—a boyfriend they’ll both love.
Another absolutely adorable, full out Christmasy short story, Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker is full of good cheer and romance. How can it not be when one of the main characters owns and runs a craft store that’s making holiday crafts? Hello Snowman and glitter by the buckets! It made my inner kid want to reach for the glue and craft projects myself!
With a deft and loving touch, Baker’s characters come to life as Josh and Aubrey find their way to Grant’s store. After finding Grant’s popular holiday craft series full, an improvised group of private lessons ensues and the road to romance is on.
I loved how natural, frazzled, and funny it all felt. Nothing like a child, the oncoming date of Christmas and the need to make a series of presents can bring the pressure home and yet love of family too. And both men are trying to make it special and find a path to each other as well. The writing flowed, the storyline was fun and lovely, and the ending just right.
Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker is one story I can not only recommend but wouldn’t mind checking back in on this couple later on in the year. Aubrey too.
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht. That cover is perfect for the story. Loved it.
ebook, 55 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
setting Illinois (United States)