Teddy Bears (Crabbypatty’s Review)

teddy-bears-brandon-witt-coverTitle: Teddy Bears (Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug)
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 54
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toyshop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature.

When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.

Raindrops on roses … whiskers on kittens. Meh. After reading Brandon Witt’s “Teddy Bears” from the Dreamspinner 2016 Advent Calendar, I now have a new list of Favorite Things including Bathhouse Santa, Christmas tree-shaped rodent snacks, bloody vampire attacks on the nativity, and smokin’ hot daddy bears.

Brian McKay hates Christmas, as in ” … if I make it through Christmas without smothering a school bus filled with children, it will be a miracle.” Brian’s a good guy who loves RPGs and his Teddy Bear hamsters Angel and Spike, but he’s got an inferiority complex that just will not quit. When Brian meets hawt daddy bear James, will Brian realize he may have found the person who can accept him exactly the way he is?

Teddy Bears delivers a short sweet plot, two MCs who are anything but stereotypical (and I love they are both older, Brian is 45, James is 51), happy holiday hotness and lust, and an ending with some tears and laughter. (And you’ll have to read the story to figure out that bloody vampire attack nativity scene!) I give Teddy Bears a solid 4.25 stars.

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader