Unexpected Christmas (Susan’s Review)

Title: Unexpected Christmas
Author: Nell Iris
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: December 16, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Christmas
Page Count: 50
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


All alone, caught in a blizzard—without a coat—on Christmas Day. Would you accept a ride from a huge guy looking like a serial killer?

Daniel Erickson stormed out of his family celebration after choking on his turkey served with a side of bigotry. Utterly miserable, he reluctantly lets himself be charmed by the hulk of a man and gets into his car…hoping he won’t be ax murdered.

Axel Wilson—Ax for short, unfortunately—is a sweetheart. Really. He may be badass-looking but his heart melts into goo at the mere mention of his four-year-old niece. Surely, he’s not dangerous?

Thrown together by family drama, they spend the evening getting to know each other. Axel is nothing like Daniel expected. But it doesn’t matter that he loves poetry, is gentle and patient—and hot!—Daniel is absolutely not falling in love at first sight. There’s no such thing.


It seems Nell Iris is fast becoming one of my favorite new authors for fluffy romances with a dash of hurt/comfort. This was such a warm feel-good Holiday story, I loved it

Daniel didn’t really think when he stormed out of his mother’s house on Christmas day, without a coat, in the middle of a blizzard. But just when he has resigned himself to becoming a popsicle, a car stops. When Daniel sees the big tattooed man behind the wheel, he blurts out that he doesn’t take lifts from serial killers. But then Daniel decides he doesn’t want to die alone in the snow so he accepts the ride anyway.

It turns out the big man’s name is Axel and he’s a pretty sweet man. Just when Axel is taking Daniel to town he gets a call from his 4 year old niece that her mom left her alone again and that she is scared. So Axel asks Daniel if he minds if they make a short detour.

And that’s how Daniel ends up singing along with Elsa on Christmas day while dancing with a 4 year old in yellow bee pajamas. But Daniel admits he’s having the time of his life. And of course her hot uncle helps with that…

I loved Daniel, he was such a funny character, with his lack of filter. And Axel was simply adorable. The romance was a sweet one and we got a little sex with one frotting scene, which felt appropriate to the story.

I especially loved how these guys threw stereotyping out the window, with the way it bothered sweet Axel that he was always judged by his size, or how their preference in bed was not quite what they both expected (guess who loves to bottom..).

I do have to admit that the whole situation with the niece and her mother felt very underdeveloped and could have used a little more attention. But since this is a Christmas short, I’ll look past that and concentrate on the cuteness that was Daniel and Axel.

Also I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed, but it seems all the Christmas shorts are like this these days, so I’m just going to go with it.

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