Title: A Holiday Crush (2017 Advent Calendar-Stocking Stuffer)
Author: CJane Elliott
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 56 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.
San Francisco lawyer Brad Halberstam is in a rut. At forty-one, he’s successful but alone. Even his holidays are predictable—he spends every Christmas golfing in Napa with his ex-boyfriend. Then attractive but oh-so-young filmmaker Michael Blair invites him out. Brad joins Michael and his housemates in their holiday celebrations and learns that life can be joyful. He hesitates to saddle Michael with a much-older boyfriend but as their attraction ignites, Brad’s tempted to let Michael sweep him into a bright new future.
Michael lives in a group house in Berkeley. He loves making life into a celebration, especially during the holidays. Michael longs for a partner, and he hopes serious but sweet Brad Halberstam is the one. Michael’s infatuation grows over caroling and cookies, but his housemate reminds him that Michael always latches on to someone during the holidays, so he won’t be alone. After a misunderstanding, Michael loses heart, no longer sure if his relationship with Brad is real or just another Christmas crush.
This was not your typical Christmas story but I will be truthful on the fact that I enjoyed it anyway. I liked that one of the main characters was a serial holiday dater that did not realize it about himself and that the other main character was trying to keep from hitting on someone who was younger then him because he did not want to take advantage of him. But in the end both was wrong.
Brad is a lawyer and has had a small crush on one of the men he met through his job as a lawyer. Of course Brad would not act on that because for one he did not mix business and pleasure but also because Michael was so much younger than him also. So Brad always declined any type of offers by Michael outside of work for those reasons.
Now that the two no longer work together the only thing that is stopping Brad is the fact that they have such an age difference between them. Though that is starting to be a non issue since Brad keeps finding himself where Michael is. And the fact that he is enjoying himself for the first time in so long is also a big plus in his book.
Michael has got it bad for Brad and even though Brad seems receptive to the flirting it has not gone beyond that though Michael would really love for it to. The more time that the two spend together the more Michael finds himself liking Brad. The only issue for Michael is he is afraid it won’t last because he has a pattern that he never realized until a friend pointed it out to him. So now that Brad is finally seeming to be interested, Michael is the one pulling away.
Can these two men finally get on the same page or will they always be one step behind he other?
This really was a good read in my opinion. I liked that it was not a meet and fall head over heals in love Christmas story for all to live happily ever after. I like that these two men have to work for it in order to get on the same page with the other. That is more realistic in my opinion and that makes this read so much better. CJane Elliott did a good job on this.
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