Title: Sometimes The Best Presents Can’t Be Wrapped
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 25, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary Romance, Christmas Story
Page Count: 131 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Ned Balding used to be a decent man—until the stress of seemingly countless responsibilities changes him, and he becomes cold and driven—the kind of man who considers firing an employee days before Christmas. The kind of man who kicks a dog…. But Ned’s transgressions haven’t gone unseen. A Salvation Army Santa witnesses his misdeeds and decides Ned needs to be taught a lesson.
When Ned wakes up the next morning, he’s stunned to discover he’s been transformed into a dog.
In the past year, Jake Carrara has lost his mother, a lover… even his dog. His boss came close to firing him just before the holidays. He isn’t sure he’s ready for another pet when he’s asked to foster a dog, but Jake’s good heart won’t let him refuse. Little does he know, this isn’t just any dog.
Through a twist of fate, two people with little reason to be friends might teach each other to rediscover the good—and the love—in life.
I totally fell in love with this somewhat remake of Scrooge Christmas story. It is like this classic Christmas tale but so different too at the same time. I have to say that this was a totally awesome version that I truly think I would love to see made into a movie. That is high praise because I love the classic Scrooge Christmas take, and honestly I think I like this version even more.
Ned is the Scrooge in every way. He works too much, he is mean to everyone, he takes his pain and hurt out on whoever is closest to him. And Ned is in tremendous pain because he has pushed his husband away and Cliff left and has now filed for divorce. So in Ned’s true fashion he takes that pain and hurt out on the first person that he sees which happens to be an employee named Jake.
Jake has truly had a horrible couple of years. His high school sweetheart dumped him. Kicked him out of their home. He lost his mother. Got bitten by a copperhead. And most recently lost his best friend since his childhood, his lab Coco. The last thing he expected when he got to work was to be called to the boss’s office and questioned about the times over the past couple of years that he missed work. Everything was fine until he got to the most recent reason he missed work. Turns out his boss, Ned, hates dogs with a passion.
The last straw in Cliff and Ned’s relationship was when Ned refused Cliff the fact that he wanted to get a dog and breed it. So now Ned blames dogs for the breaking up of his relationship. So after his confrontation with Jake, when Ned leaves work and decides to get something to eat at a pizza joint, when he is confronted by a stray dog coming out of the alley by the pizza place. Ned tries to take his frustrations out on the dog by kicking at him. Let’s just say this is a huge mistake on his part because Santa is watching and is not happy about what he has seen.
Santa confronts Ned and gives him the chance to make things right with the dog but Ned refuses. So Santa decides to take matters in his own hands and make Ned into the one thing he hates he most, a dog.
And who other then the one person that Ned tried to fire is the one that ends up taking Ned the dog in? Let’s just say that Ned is in for a few surprises and eye opening honesty that he was never willing to face before. And it is not going to be a easy reevaluation either.
I truly enjoyed this book. I stayed up late just to be able to finish it. That is how much I enjoyed it. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a deep read with a little bit of humor mixed in. This is one that will stick with you.
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