Desperately Seeking Santa (Belen’s Review)

Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 22nd 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Holiday Novella
Word Count: 52K
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering his identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into real, hard-hitting journalism.

Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.

As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack McDonall has secrets a guy renown for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, court a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?

Journalism student Gabe Martin has been assigned what he thinks of as a boring article about the annual Elk’s charity Christmas dinner – and is looking for a way to make it more exciting. He thinks he has a lead when he’s told how the Santa that comes every year to give all the kids from the local children’s home gifts is a mystery.

Mack McDonall is a university wrestling star. At 6’10” and having to keep his weight down to 285 to compete, he’s undefeated. He hasn’t had the easiest life, but he’s determined to make life better for himself, his father, and his father-figure.

When Gabe’s friend Jordan (from Eli Easton’s fabulous Superhero) invites Gabe to Jordan and Owen’s apartment for dinner it’s pretty obvious that it’s a set up when Mack is also in attendance. This is fine with Gabe who has a type and Mack fits it to a T. And it seems like Gabe might also be hitting Mack’s sweet spots too until Gabe brings up trying to find the mysterious Santa.

Now, as the reader you know where everything is going. There isn’t really a lot of surprise, even being told from Gabe’s first-person point of view, because the audience figures things out far more quickly than Gabe does. However, I thought this actually brought a really sweet suspense to the story-telling. As the reader I was on tenterhooks waiting for all the secrets to be revealed.

I love a good holiday story, especially the ones by Eli Easton, and this continues her streak for good holiday romance. It’s a sweet, low angst New Adult romance with some definitely hot sexy times. The best part was the HEA, but pretty close to the best was getting to see Jordan and Owen from Superhero again living their HEA.

So far it’s my favorite holiday story this season. If you like a good holiday romance I’d absolutely recommend picking this up.

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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.

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