Dear Ruth (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Dear Ruth (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday M/M
Page Count: 52
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Dear Ruth,
I’m not in the mood for Christmas. After a romantic relationship went up in flames, I returned to my hometown in rural Kansas. Then my mother passed away. I’m really busy with my job as fire marshal—and now with my mother’s advice column, which I reluctantly took over. There’s a sexy newcomer down the street, a guy with a young daughter and an unfortunate disregard for fire safety. He seems to want to be friends, but that creates problems that may be too hot for me to handle. The last things I need right now are flammable holiday decorations and too much holiday food. How am I supposed to give good advice to others when I can’t seem to get my own life straight?
—Bah Humbug in Bailey Springs

Awww, this was cute.

Bryce is a fireman in a small town. He’s not quite sure what he’s still doing in the little town since his mom just passed away. But he seems to be attached to the people now. When one of his mother’s friends asks him to take over his mother’s ‘Dear Ruth’ column, Bryce doesn’t know what to say. Who would want advice from a 38 year old gay man?

Well, it turns out he is quite good at giving people advice, so the column is a success once again. It helps that no one knows who Ruth is these days.

When Bryce meets Noah and his cute daughter Harper, he is immediately smitten with the friendly dad. But Bryce doesn’t quite know if Noah is gay/bi, so he decides to just keep his distance and remain friends..

This was a very cute holiday story. Bryce was a wonderful character to read about and I loved reading about the advice he gave people. Especially since he could use some advice himself.

This was a nice comfy read from the Advent Calendar.

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