A Paul B Advent Calendar Day Review: Analog to Digital (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug) by Posy Roberts

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

analog-to-digitalEthan is the owner and creative director of a fashion house in California.  As the holidays approach, he is trying to finish some projects before the end of the year and pursue new ventures for the new one to come.  The last thing he needs is to attend his sister’s wedding vow renewal back home in Minnesota.  However, his long term lover Toby has other ideas.  Toby buys plane tickets for the both of them and insists that they have to go.  Ethan complains that he has too much work to do but the fact that his sister just got married less than a year ago is another reason.  Why should she basically get two weddings in a year when he cannot get his partner to marry him?

The root of the problem is that both Ethan and Toby have both stated that neither of them wan a wedding of their own from the beginning.  But several years on, Ethan would like nothing more than to formally tie himself to Toby through matrimony.  He fears that if he pushes too far then he might lose Toby forever.  When they arrive in Minnesota, Ethan’s anxiety escalates as he is left alone to work on his fashions while Toby, Ethan’s parents and sister all work on last minute details for the vow renewal.  Ethan barely sees his family all day and at night Toby seems distant.  Ethan convinces himself that by the time the return to California or shortly thereafter, his relationship with Toby will come to an end.  He now longer feels that Minnesota is his home but will he have a home with Toby in the long run?  This is turning out to be a Bah Humbug of a Christmas for him.

Posy Roberts once again pens a tale that draws you in.  Ethan‘s paranoia about his relationship with Toby is almost palpable.  As I was reading, I knew that Ethan was probably blowing the situation out of proportion but isn’t that what most people who misinterpret a situation do?  Ethan almost reaches the point where he sabotages his relationship all by himself.  But of course this is a Christmas story so Ethan finally receives the gift he has been secretly wanting all along.  The trip home to California won’t be as lonely as he thought it would be earlier in the week.

The cover art is by the author and has a man’s rear end covered in jeans with his hand behind him with his fingers crossed.  I’m not sure how it relates to the story. 

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Book Details

EBook, 39 pages

Edition Language:  English

Published December 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN:  978-1-63533-191-2

Series:  Dreamspinner Advent Calendar 2016—Bah Humbug

A Paul B Advent Story Review: Teddy Bear Christmas by C.C. Bridges

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars   ★★★★★

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryIt is December 23rd, and Tyler Martin is waiting in the airport for his flight back home to New Jersey for the Christmas holiday.  Having missed returning home last year due to his then boyfriend wanting to spend it together, he is anxious to get his family celebration.  While waiting for his delayed flight due to a massive snowstorm out east, he sees a teddy bear sitting across from him.  When the occupants of the seats next to the teddy leave for their flights, Tyler realizes that someone who has already left must have forgotten the bear.  He takes the bear to the airline’s customer service area to turn it into lost and found.

Aaron Klein is busy working the counter of the airline he is employed by.  With numerous delays and cancellations, he is assisting people with their travel woes.  Having already celebrated Hanukah, Aaron does not mind working the Christmas holidays.  While on the phone with a mother asking about a lost teddy bear, Aaron notices a gorgeous man approach the counter with said bear.  After assuring the mother that the bear will be there when she returns from her trip, the man proposes to do something special for the child who is missing her bear.  Aaron agrees to go along with Tyler’s suggestion hoping to get to know this man whose plane has been delayed by weather.  Will this new relationship take off or be grounded just as Tyler’s flight has been?

I absolutely adored this story.  I have to say that I personally am a teddy bear enthusiast.  So when the list of Advent stories was made available, I jumped on this one.  I loved how the author used a child’s bear to bring two men who are neither related to the owner together.  What they do for the girl who owns the bear brings the two closer together.  And while there are questions by both men as to whether such a chance meeting could lead to anything, the reader knows that the two will get together at the end.  This is a delightful holiday read.

The cover art by Paul Richmond for this story is the standard cover for Dreamspinner’s Sleigh Ride Advent event.

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Book Details

Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ASINB018RVBQ1K
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar

A Paul B Advent Story Review: Son of Santa (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Kate Sands

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Son of SantaNoel Nicholas decides he needs to take some time away from being the son of Santa Claus.  He decides to return to school at a university in Winnipeg, where the winters remind him of the North Pole realm.  He has even gotten a break in his usual job as gift distributor during the last couple of holiday seasons.  However, his time off is interrupted when an ice sprite shows up on campus one November day.

Mrs. Claus has tasked Fannar the ice sprite to check with her son to see if he has heard from his father Santa Claus.  It seems that Noel’s father has taken off without telling anyone where he was going.  This causes Noel some anxiety for two reasons.  This first is that his father is AWOL.  However, Noel has not felt the calling to go home and take over for his father so he knows that his dad is safe wherever he is.  The second is that the messenger is the one man who has been his crush for years.  Will Noel’s missing father bring these two men from the North Pole together after years of dancing around their feelings?

This was a fun holiday read for me.  You can tell that the characters have known each other for years and that they just need an extra push to get them together.  Noel feels that his life as the son of Santa by necessity must be lonely while Fannar wonders what he must do to bring Noel around.  The presence of Ruby from the Eros realm (think Valentine’s day) allows for some sage advice to Noel.

The cover art by Catt Ford shows a young man with snowflakes on his hair and brows in a white turtleneck above a formation of ice crystals.  It is a nice wintery cover for the story.

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Book Details

ebook, 53 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 9781634769
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar

A Paul B Advent Story Review: Worth the Wait by Caitlin Ricci and Cari Z

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryTate Beckinsale is standing in line to get the autograph of his niece’s favorite author. Thinking he was smart leaving work early and arriving at 4:30 for the 5 o’clock event, he is dismayed to find that the line is already 4 blocks long. To make matters worse, a cold drizzle has started to fall. Things begin to look up for Tate when a handsome young man offers to share an umbrella with him. Brandon is also waiting for the author. When the announcement is made that the store is closing, Tate is disappointed that he has failed his niece. However, the young man with the umbrella, Brandon, takes him straight to the signing table and introduces Tate to his mother. After securing the autographs for Tate, Brandon asks Tate out the following day. Will this be a happy holiday season for the two men?

This is a cute story in the Dreamspinner Press Advent Sleigh Ride series. Through the Skype conversations that Tate has with his niece Addie, you can tell that he would do anything for her. I got the same sense that Brandon might become another doting uncle when his visits Tate during one of these conversations. The fact that Brandon did not tell Tate whom his mother is immediately is understandable as he wants to be liked for who Brandon is, not who is mother is. This is a good short story that feels complete yet I want to learn more about these two characters in the future. That too would be worth the wait.

The cover art is the standard cover for the Sleigh Ride event and will not be commented on.

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Book Details

EBook, 32 pages
Published: November 30, 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63476-939-6
Language: English
Series: Sleigh Ride