All Creatures Great and Small

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Title: All Creatures Great and Small (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday M/M
Page Count: 34
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Growing up an orphan meant Charlie never celebrated Christmas. He’s committed to making sure his newly adopted cat, Max, doesn’t miss out like he did. Unfortunately, he discovers that giving Max the perfect Christmas might be easier said than done—and not without risk.

Charlie’s landlord, successful and wealthy real estate developer Aemon Scotfield, is charmed by the gorgeous redhead and his shameless alley cat. He finds himself compelled to help orchestrate a memorable celebration for Max—and Charlie—despite the mishaps that seem to just keep coming. As difficult as it will be to pull off the perfect holiday, the real challenge might be walking away when it’s over.

This was incredibly cute and very heartwarming. Charlie was such an amazing character, I totally loved him.

Charlie is a 23 year old IT guy. When he rides his bike home from work one day a cat runs in front of him making him fall and hit the pavement. Instead of blaming the cat, he ends up adopting the stray.

After a bath and some food, Charlie decides to name him Max. And of course Max needs a Christmas tree for their first Christmas together. Charlie doesn’t have anyone else since he grew up in foster care, so he decides to give Max a Christmas to remember, with a tree and of course gifts.

Charlie gets some unexpected help in decorating his Christmas tree from his landlord. His very posh, but sexy landlord….

I absolutely adored Charlie. I loved how he immediately adopted Max, the stray cat. And then loved on him with his whole heart.

I couldn’t stop the silly grin spreading across my face as I showed Sam my new companion. “And here he is curled up on my coat, and here he is on the windowsill, and here’s one of him licking his paw, and here are some of him eating, and here he is investigating his litter box.”
Sam just smiled and let me show him the 113 new photos I had on my phone.

This also had a lovely dose of hurt/comfort. Charlie grew up in foster care and isn’t familiar with family Christmases.

”None of the houses I stayed in ever put up a real tree, though. One Christmas was really good because I got a stack of comic books. They were old and well-read, but I loved them. I managed to save a few from the kids in the group home. One year I got trail mix for a gift. I couldn’t eat it because it had peanuts, but it was still a gift, right? I do know a bunch of carols, but that’s because the group homes would drag us different churches or old folks’ homes to sing them. I used to pretend I was the lead singer in a band, and we were on tour.”

The romance was sweet, but not really front center. That never bothered me because Charlie was such a delight to read about that the romance was just icing on the already wonderful cake.

For me this really hit all my happy buttons. This book was just so much fun.

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