Christmas with Danny Fit

Title: Christmas with Danny Fit
Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Length: Novella (94 PDF pages)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


A guest review by Lily


Review Summary

A sweet and entertaining story which is as much about one man finally beginning to experience life as it is about a couple falling in love.

BLURB

In a perfect moment of cold November sunshine, pudgy accountant Kit Allen realizes Jesse, his new office assistant, is everything he’s ever dreamed about in a man. Feeling supremely unworthy and desperate to get a life—even an imaginary one—Kit embarks on a self-improvement campaign featuring DVD fitness guru, Danny Fit.

In the meantime, Jesse has begun a subtle campaign of his own, one designed to bring Kit out of his DVD dream world and into Jesse’s arms. Jesse isn’t perfect—he’s no Danny Fit—but he hopes that the kind, funny man who has been looking at him so soulfully since his first day at work has what it takes to be everything Jesse has always wanted.

REVIEW

Thirty year old Kit has finally decided to take control of his life. Overweight and shy, he’s a virgin still living at home with an unhappy and bitter mother. But now Kit has found someone he’d like to be with, or at least be worthy of, and both for himself and to appeal to Jesse he’s started a workout regimen using a DVD by exercise guru Danny Fit. As he works out he begins to fantasize about sexy Danny but it’s Jesse, the young man he works with, that slowly takes hold of his heart. Suddenly Kit’s life is full of firsts: first kiss, first time standing up to his mother, moving out on his own and finally losing his virginity. Will finding true love be the next “first” for Kit?

I really enjoyed this entertaining story. Kit isn’t the typical romance hero. He’s overweight, shy and self-conscious because of it, living at home and a ‘never even been kissed’ virgin. But when Jesse starts working in his office he finally wakes up and decides to change his life. Jesse for his part sometimes came across a bit immature but in the end they were a good fit for each other.

It wasn’t always easy, Kit had his mother to deal with, and he finally after many years did a good job with that, while Jesse was trying to help a close friend through a very difficult time. They had insecurities and jealousies to deal with as well but it was all worth it in the end. Christmas with Danny Fit is a well-written story that has humor and a touch of angst, it’s also sweet, sexy and very entertaining. This is not the first story I’ve read by Amy Lane and like the others I’ve read I enjoyed it very much. I look forward to reading more of her stories in the future.

This title is part of the 2010 Advent Calendar: Naughty or Nice

15 comments

  • *g* Awesome. It’s all you can ask for when you’re writing a Christmas story. (And I had just come off of–and was going right back into–some fairly intense, not quite so happy stories, so this one was a nice break for me too:-)

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      • Talker’s Redemption is one–it’s out in January. Another one is the freebie that you can find on my website (www.greenshill.com) that was written for the Wishing on a Blue Star collection for Patric Michael–the collection is AWESOME, by the way, but the story? Very difficult to write!

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        • Amy, thanks so very much for the info on Dreams of Terrible Brightness. It was absolutely beautiful. So sad to read, and yes you did make me cry, but I am so very glad I read it. And that I had tissues handy. 🙂

          I’m looking forward to reading Talker’s Redemption. Talker was a great story.

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    • Like LadyM said, I was a bit hesitant with the 30-year old virgin theme but you made it work really well. The guys and their relationship were engaging and it’s a definite feel good story.

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  • After the first few pages, I wasn’t sure I would like this story, mainly because it’s usually difficult for me to believe these 30-something virgin stories. But, by the end, I absolutely loved it. I liked that Kit was described as an adult in spite of his inexperience (which is not always the case, often the authors confuse inexperience with childishness) and I liked how he slowly realized that Jesse isn’t as perfect as he thought. And that it didn’t matter at all. I also liked that by the end of the story author managed to show that Kit’s mother wasn’t the absolute bitch. Even the characters shown in only one scene (like Jesse’s friend or Danny Fit) were well-rounded. Very sweet. A real Christmas story. Amy Lane is rapidly becoming one of my favorite m/m writers.

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  • Great review, Lily!

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this since Amy’s interview last month. Amy writes the best stories, they always stay close to your heart.

    oh my god, that sounded so cheesy…

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