Title: Summer Santa (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: Ward Maia
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 52 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Sam is a journalist struggling with the recent transfer to his magazine’s Brazilian office. He doesn’t speak the language and isn’t all that familiar with the customs. It also isn’t easy to make friends when you’re the new guy. Then there’s James, his friendly and gorgeous coworker, who is so out of Sam’s league, he knows he doesn’t stand any chance with the handsome Brazilian.
Just as Sam is preparing to spend Christmas away from his family, an unexpected surprise spins his lonely holiday plans around. Another unforeseen gift is James’s offer to show Sam some of the city’s holiday traditions. With his significant low self-esteem, Sam doesn’t know what to make of James’s offer and apparent interest. Can some last-minute decorations and an impromptu meal make Sam’s apartment feel more homely?
Maybe everything could come together in a wonderful way—if Sam can find the courage and confidence to accept all James wants to give.
Journalist Sam is preparing himself for his first Christmas without his family in his lonely apartment in Brazil, where he has recently transferred. But his family arriving for a unexpected visit for the holidays is just the first surprise of the season. Sam begins a sweet romance (with a very steamy sex scene) with hunky co-worker James and overcomes his natural shyness and low self-esteem, with the two men quickly getting a HEA in an epilogue of sorts. I liked this gentle slow-burn romance but would have liked some character development of James’ (we get Sam’s POV throughout). 3.5 stars.
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