Santa’s Last Gift (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Santa’s Last Gift (Dreamspun Desires Book #95)
Author: Sandine Tomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 231
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5


The greatest gift might be what they already have.

After years away building his career, event planner Sebastian Chesnut returns to his small hometown of Fir Falls to reconnect with his mother, sister, and young nieces before his job takes him to London.

He doesn’t expect to find his high school boyfriend, Matty, has become a virtual member of Seb’s family. Back then, Matty only offered a casual relationship, but Seb fell hard, and history is soon repeating itself. Seb’s afraid to hope for a second chance, no matter how much they’ve grown and despite the family they share. Instead, he focuses on creating a last perfect holiday, which won’t be easy with his sister’s ex planning to take the girls over Christmas.

Seb and Matty might not know what to do about their feelings for each other, but one thing’s for sure—it won’t be Christmas without the kids. Can these star-crossed lovers pull off a holiday miracle?

“Santa’s Last Gift” is a sweet, low-key story of a second chance love between two former high-school boyfriends. Sebastian and Matty haven’t seen each other in 10 years, what with Sebastian living in Manhattan hard at work as an event planner and Matty remaining in their home town earning a reputation as a talented artist. With Seb’s continued absence due to working so hard to provide for his family, Matty steps in as beloved uncle, brother and son.

When they were seventeen, Matty thought their relationship was casual, but it broke Seb’s heart when Matty moved on to another boyfriend. Now they have a second chance at getting it right and throughout the course of the book, they slowly reaffirm that love. There are a lot (a lot) of sweet scenes with Seb’s nieces Chance and Rowan as well as some light family drama until there is a final angsty moment between Seb and Matty before a happy ending and a sweet epilogue.

The plot offers no surprises and is big on family togetherness and happy endings. The pace of the story is slow and steady, and while the ending brings everything together in a neatly tied package, it feels a bit too predictable and staid. 3.25 stars rounded up to 3.5.

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