Santa on the Beach (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Santa on the Beach (2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: Crystel Greene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 53 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


The sexy Santa and the virgin dad….

Single dad Mario, twenty-one, has finally won shared custody of his five-year-old son, Sammy. They’re spending Christmas at a Tenerife resort to celebrate. The children’s swimming instructor, Josie, is sexy and fun, and Mario can’t stop dreaming about him. But Mario has no clue how to talk to a hot guy.

With his suntan, Speedos, and rippling abs, Josie seems to be the typical jock. He’s super sweet too, and everyone loves him. But he only has eyes for the fire-eyed little dad who looks like his son’s older brother and won’t stop policing the swimming class.

Sammy would like to be a king in the hotel’s nativity play. But he’s too afraid to go anywhere without his dad.
Mario would like a holiday romance with Josie, or even a little more, but between building his tech company and trying to do his part as Sammy’s father he has missed out on a lot and is too inexperienced to know where to begin.

Luckily Santa might have just the thing for everyone on his list…

Mario is a young father who has worked extremely hard to get to where he and his Sammy are at. He finally has shared custody and he and Sammy are having a vacation Christmas instead of a traditional Christmas with family. This is a celebration in the sun for father and son. But it is not going the way Mario pictured it to go. This is a short story that revolves mainly around father and son. But it is also a romance as well.

Mario has an issue with being a helicopter parent. He knows he is but he also has good reason to be the way he is. There is also the issue that most people believe Sammy is his brother instead of his son. But Mario has the fake smiles down to a science.

What he does not have down is talking to any hot guy. So when Josie, Sammy’s swimming instructor tries to talk to him, he clams up and is not able to do so. What no one knows is, yes even though he is gay, he has never slept with a man. He spends most of his time keeping his company in the black and spending time with his son. It is not that he would not like to meet someone but rather he is too shy to meet someone.

So when Josie keeps trying to talk to him, and each time Mario shuts down….he believes that Josie will end up giving up. So when he doesn’t, what will happen?

This was a great read. I really enjoyed the backstory. And I enjoyed the slow build-up between Mario and Josie. This is a great book.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.