Candy Canes and Cappuccinos

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Title: Candy Canes and Cappuccinos (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday M/M
Page Count: 24
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Kyle is struggling to run his coffee shop on his own after his partner walked out on him. He has his eye on Steven, who comes into the shop each day, but hasn’t worked up the nerve to express his interest. When Steven asks Kyle to help out with Christmas lunch at the homeless shelter where he works, Kyle is too exhausted to agree. He donates his tips but still feels he’s blown his chances with Steven and made himself look like a selfish jerk.

On Christmas Day, Kyle sees a way to make amends—to both Steven and the needy people depending on his kindness. It’s the right thing to do, and Kyle hopes he can clear up the misunderstanding and show Steven the type of man he really is. Maybe then they can consider some dessert when the lunch at the shelter is over….

This was an okay story, but overall the writing was just not that great. I can only guess how hard it is to write decent and authentic dialogue, and not many authors can really pull it off. Here the conversations felt awkward and made me cringe.

Kyle has just opened a coffee shop and is trying to run it by himself since his boyfriend decided to leave him for someone else. Kyle has been crushing on a regular of the coffee shop for some time now, but he’s too scared to ask Steven out. When Steven asks Kyle to come help him for an hour or two in the homeless shelter on Christmas day, Kyle declines, but then regrets it immediately. Now he has to think of something to make things right again..

I know I can’t expect a lot of depth in a 24 pages story, but there was a little too much going on without adding at least a little more background

(the ex-boyfriend shacking up with a friend of Kyle’s, the fact that the ex was still a partner in the business, the future of the homeless shelter, and of course the romance itself).
I was also very surprised that Kyle thought sending money would be the exact same thing as spending two hours in a soup kitchen serving lunch to the homeless.

It was a nice short, but nothing more.

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