Desperately Seeking Santa (Lili’s Review)

Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 22nd 2017
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 225 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 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 Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious 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 has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?

NOTE: This 50,000 word short novel features a new couple but includes Jordan and Owen, from the author’s book “Superhero”. It can be read as a stand-alone.

Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton is the holiday story Gabe, a college student assigned to write a story about holiday charity event, and Mack a gentle giant a star wrestler at the University of Wisconsin. It is definitely lust at first sight for Gabe, but Mack’s not one to open up quickly.

Some highlights:

-The first person narrative. Typically not my favorite but Gabe was a character whose head I enjoyed being in and the author did a nice job letting us in on what Mack was thinking.

-This story is a sweet, slow burn holiday romance- the kind you want to lose an afternoon in with some hot chocolate.

-JORDAN & OWEN!!! Jordan and Owen are from Superhero (which if you haven’t read YOU MUST) and to be able to see them living their HEA was delightful. But don’t worry, you don’t have to read Superhero first.

-The feel-good vibe throughout the book. This a simple story. There are no wild twists or over the top drama, but there’s a lot of heart.

-Mack and his dad’s relationship.

-The relationship development between Mack and Gabe; it was beautiful.

This was a heartfelt story about trust, family, friends, and love. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. 4 Stars.

→Click here to purchase Superhero. I read it nearly four years ago, and it’s still a comfort re-read for me. Best friends to lovers + sweet + coming age= READ IT.

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Galley copy of Desperately Seeking Santa provided by Eli Easton in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant