Title: All I Want
Author: Stella Starling
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Page Count: 365
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
“All I want for Christmas is someone to love.”
Shy retail clerk Elliott Gaffney’s Christmas wish isn’t something Santa can grant him, but that doesn’t stop it from being his favorite time of year. Especially since he gets to work at Chicago’s prestigious Ashby’s department store in “the North Pole,” doing his part to make the magic of Christmas come alive for others.
All Bennett “Ash” Ashby wants for Christmas is to forget about it. Unfortunately, his father is forcing him to pay penance for the media frenzy caused by his latest public sex scandal. The Ashby heir, working as a lowly department store Santa? Only the fact that no one will know it’s really him can save Ash the embarrassment of being stuck in a fat suit instead of partying with his friends.
But when Elliott catches Ash’s eye, Christmas starts to look a whole lot brighter. And even though Elliott would never have the guts to say yes if he knew who Ash really was, falling for “Ben,” the new Santa, is another story all together…
I know this on one worked for many of my GR friends, but it just didn’t work for me. Elliot’s character was comically child-like in his love of the holiday season and his job as a Nutcracker in the department store North Pole. He was too innocent and awestruck to be perceived as a adult IMHO. Because if this, the sexual relationship between Elliot and Ben felt wrong and kinda yucky.