Eugene and the Box of Nails

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Title: Eugene and the Box of Nails
Author: Jaime Samms
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday, Contemporary
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Every time it seems like things are looking up for Eugene Kraft, disaster hits. Bankruptcy, a bigoted sibling, and a back-breaking accident have all left him with little money and less faith in the universe.

His last-ditch effort at peace is the small lakeside property where he is building a tiny house from recycled materials. If he can get it livable before the cold sets in, maybe he’ll be okay. Hopefully Cullen, the foreman on the construction site next door, won’t notice Eugene pilfering discarded materials from his dumpster.

When Cullen stops by to talk to Eugene, he’s sure the gig is up—but all Cullen wants is a date. Can two things go right in Eugene’s life? At first it seems possible. Projects on Eugene’s house are getting completed by what he dubs “construction elves” while he’s off site. But like Eugene predicted, his good fortune can’t last, and soon he has a tough choice to make: give up his home… or the man of his dreams.

I liked Eugene and Cullen and the story was entertaining. In general I really liked it, but there were times when I lost interest very easily. The first moments of the story were great, I was drawn into it very quickly. I was so intrigued by everyone’s reaction to what Eugene was doing and his anxiety for being discover. I loved that part.

I wasn’t too impressed by their relationship, they seem nice together but it felt like they lack some connection. I loved when they talked about family. What I liked the most about it was getting to know Eugene. I loved everything about him, it was really sad to know his story but I guess it made the character more sympathetic, considering that there were time when he was a little frustrating. Cullen was pretty much perfect. I couldn’t find anything wrong about him, but I was left wanting to know more of his story.

Overall it was a fun story to read. I had a good time with it and I think most readers would enjoy it.

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I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject.

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