Title: The Last Gift (2017 Advent Calendar-Stocking Stuffer)
Author: Chrissy Munder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Romance
Page Count: 51 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.
College student Nick Reed works late shift at a convenience store and dreams of graduation, a job he can be proud of, and finding the man of his dreams.
But the man of his dreams is about to find him.
A change in his lab hours forces Nick to swap shifts with a coworker. But no one prepared Nick for Mr. 5:25—Aaron Hampton—a beefy blond who’s Nick’s perfect guy, but professionally and socially out of Nick’s reach. Soon Aaron becomes the highlight of Nick’s workday, and when the overly focused lawyer needs Nick’s help with holiday gifts, Nick is eager to spend time with Aaron.
They become friends, share book recommendations, and are surprised to find themselves at the same charity run. But is that all? When Aaron learns Nick is heading back to his old shift, will he find the courage to ask for one last, very special gift?
This short story was an okay read. I think the reason I would not to give this a higher rating is because I felt as if this story was missing something vital to it. I really cannot pinpoint exactly what it is. Maybe it is depth. I don’t know. It was a decent read but it was definitely missing something even for a short story. Short stories in my opinion are able to pull more from me as a reader because they normally pack a punch and there is no beating around the bush about it.
Nick is working hard to graduate college early and he is also working at a convenience store that can work around his school hours so he has the extra money for things he needs instead of having to go to his parents. Now that his lab hours have been changed Nick convinced his co-worker Blaine to switch shifts with him so he can still make this class that he needs.
Because of switching shifts, Nick is able to meet a very interesting man that he would like to get to know better, Aaron. Aaron is an attorney that comes in each and every morning at the same time. Nick has been casually flirting with him but Aaron is always polite.
When Aaron comes in one morning in a frenzy needing help with a gift for his assistant, Nick comes to the rescue and helps him out. This seems to become their thing and Aaron turns to Nick for help with gifts when he needs it.
But Nick is not going to stay on this shift forever and so far Aaron has not asked Nick out. So will these two end up going out or is it all just a casual flirting situation that will not lead to anything else?
Like I said this was a decent read. I honestly could not tell you specifically what I feel this book was lacking but I will say that I think that there was too much talk over the gifts and not enough about these two men trying to figure out what was between them.
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