Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When Nolan wakes up with a beautiful green-haired man in his bed, little does he know he’s already met the man of his dreams. Skylar is not only cute and fun-loving, he’s also a businessman who owns his own dojo where he teaches karate. Before they get to explore more about each other, Nolan receives a distress call from his (half) brother, Den. The young man has been told by his father that he must give up his boyfriend and settle down. He can’t be gay and he can’t have the boy he loves.
Nolan has never rocked the boat with his mother and this man she married, but it seems he’s going to have to go to bat for his youngest brother and his step-brother is with him all the way in supporting Den. To make a long story short—or is that a short story shorter?—Nolan asks Skylar to accompany him to his parents’ annual holiday gala. His straight stepbrother, Tor, will bring his best friend as his “date” and Den will be accompanied by his boyfriend as well. The three couples plan to stand united.
The story mainly focuses on the stepfather and his homophobia with some romance for Nolan and his new lover, Skylar. There’s quite a long segment devoted to Nolan’s business—he’s an art gallery owner and sculptor—and to his newest artist who benefits from Skylar’s visit to the galley when Skylar buys a piece and Skylar’s lovely mother makes friends with the young man.
There’s a lot of information and many characters in this story, all of which was given page time so the romance between Nolan and Skylar was given less focus. Those who enjoy sex scenes will be happy to know the author fit those in, but those who like to see a romance take some time to develop may not be too pleased. In any case, this is a nice holiday story that includes quite a few possibilities for future spinoffs.
Cover art by Garrett Leigh features one of the basic Advent Calendar designs with a round portal through which we see both MCs—the older bearded man and the younger green-haired man. A good representation of the story, I like this particular cover design for the Advent Anthology stories.
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 52 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English