Old Acquaintance (Belen’s Review)

Old AcquaintanceTitle: Old Acquaintance (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 69 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Is the young, good-looking server Elias at the New Year’s Eve party the new beginning Andrew didn’t even know he needed?

Andrew Starling thought when he sold his medical database software to a national corporation, it would finally give him and his wife the financial security needed to build their dream home in the exclusive, wealthy community of Ponte Vedra, Florida. But Andrew’s wife leaves him for another man before the ink dries on the contract, leaving Andrew to enjoy the fruits of his labors—and their sprawling, oceanfront home—all alone. Despite being convinced he has nothing much to celebrate, Andrew goes to the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club’s annual New Year’s Eve party…and meets Elias Rivas, the young, good-looking server who’s always had his eye on Andrew. It might be the new beginning Andrew didn’t even know he needed.

Andrew Starling is forty-three, recently divorced, and living in the dream home it’s taken countless eighty-hour work weeks to afford to build (which his ex-wife decorated) in the exclusive, wealthy community of Ponte Vedra, Florida. Worse, he’s at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club’s annual New Year’s Eve party alone, chain smoking on the deck and wondering where the hell it all went wrong.

Elias Rivas is a twenty-two year old college student studying photography and working as a server at the club. Elias has had his eye on Andrew for a while and when he finds Andrew alone on the beach just before midnight Elias boldly asks if he can get a kiss for midnight.

“You mind if I kiss you at midnight? I don’t want to end up cursed or with a streak of bad luck or anything.”

The kiss leads Andrew to invite Elias back to his house where the two connect with some smoking hot sexy times.


That had been the most incredible sexual experience of his entire life, but it was so much more than that. So many questions answered, so many lingering doubts put to rest. And all thanks to an outgoing twenty-two-year-old college photography major who wanted to give Andrew a kiss at midnight.

I definitely enjoyed this short, sexy little story.


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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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