Title: Santa Daddy
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: November 29th, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 130
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Mall Santas aren’t supposed to be hot
Hunter Adams is hopelessly adrift after college. He’s still a virgin, can’t find a real job, and has no clue what to do with his life. In desperation, he returns to his humiliating old job as an elf at the Santa’s Village in his hometown’s dying mall. The Santa on the job is an unexpectedly sexy lumberjack, twice Hunter’s size and age. He makes Hunter feel very naughty—too bad he’s grumpy and intimidating.
Years after the tragic death of his partner, Nick Spini has his beagle and long, hard days on his Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty. But he can’t refuse a loyal friend’s plea for help and finds himself filling in as Santa at the local mall. Despite Nick’s attempt to stay aloof, the beautiful, anxious young man playing elf brings out his long-dormant daddy instincts.
When a surprise blizzard traps them alone in Nick’s isolated forest home, their attraction burns even brighter. Will they surrender to the sizzling connection between them and find the release and comfort they crave?
Santa Daddy is a holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, steamy m/m first times, daddy role-playing and light spanking, Christmas romance feels, and of course a happy ending.
Hunter has his college degree and has busted his butt working overtime for unpaid internships and it seems like he’s never going to find ‘a real job’. So, he’s home for Christmas in his small town and he’s making a little extra money playing elf at the local mall, just like he did in high school. But the regular mall Santa had an accident and now Nick is filling in. And everyone is calling him ‘Hot Santa’ for a reason.
Nick is 47. He shouldn’t be looking at Hunter like that. But it’s been 8 years since Eric died and he’s lonely. And who could blame him… Hunter is beautiful. But what happens when he goes back where he came from?
Okay, I was super excited when I read the blurb and the story had such a fun feel to it. I’m a sucker for holiday romance, so this was right up my alley. Written in dual POV’s, which is my favorite, but it was not alternating, which kind of annoyed me. I really loved both Nick and Hunter individually, but being a shorter read, I never really got into their relationship. It felt like it started slow and then just became everything in a couple of pages. I love a burn and I didn’t get one here.
A little more character development would have been nice. It seemed like Nick was still very much hung up on Eric and that aspect wasn’t delved into much. Nor was the fact that Hunter had zero experience and after a day he’s full speed ahead.