- File Size: 2969 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077VDS7XP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Homemade from the Heart (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) Kindle Edition
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I enjoyed this fun, short Christmas story. Unlike a lot of M/M’s I was a little unsure whether Josh was gay or bi or straight, and this led me to be incredibly curious not just about him, but also the story as a whole. It was a wonderful (and fairly new – for me – hook) into the story and before I’d finished the first chapter I was completely engrossed. I loved the easy, happy style of writing and commend the author for an excellent story that was Christmassy, fun and lighthearted.
I also really enjoyed the main characters, Grant, Josh and Aubrey were all vivid and unique characters that I had no problems becoming attached to. This really helped me fall even deeper into the story and happily turn the pages promptly. This was absolutely a quick read, but a delightful one that will be easy for me to pick back up in the future, and although it’s strongly Christmas-themed, as the main plot is the craft store, the kids and the growing relationship between Grand and Josh I don’t think it will feel weird to me when I reread it at a non-Christmas time.
The pacing on this story was good – I was pleased there was plenty of time for Grant and Josh to get to know each other first, and for Aubrey to become comfortable and friendly with Grant. I thought the author did a great job of balancing the whole “new relationship” feel along with the three characters coming together to form a little mini-family. While I can understand some readers might not like the “is he/isn’t he” feel of Josh’s attraction to Grant, personally I found it refreshing. There was also never doubt in my mind that Josh liked Grant as the friendly camaraderie was clear. The question of whether there was potential for a romantic relationship might not appeal to all readers, but I liked the second-guessing and tantalizing wondering that the author infused the first half of the story with. And I have to say, once Grant decided to be a little less subtle about his interest, I laughed an awful lot at the antics Josh and Grant got up to!
A fun and light Christmas story with an interesting twist I didn’t see coming at the end, this book covers a lot of great things I think readers will enjoy. I had loads of fun reading this and can happily recommend it.
originally posted at long and short reviews
I adored Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker. This is a story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advert Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.” The story was well written, and it was full of feel-good holiday cheer.
This story is about a seven-year-old Aubrey that has her heart set on taking Grant’s already full holiday craft series. However, the craft store owner Grant caves and gives up his one day off a week so she and her guardian Josh can take private lessons. As their weekly flirting ramps up, Grant is still trying to decide if Josh is straight or not, and Josh isn’t straight, but he doesn’t want to come across as the creepy guy hitting on the teacher. With the help of a seven-year-old matchmaker, Josh will get the best gift that she can give him; a homemade from the heart one in the form of a boyfriend.
I loved the storyline, and Aubrey was the cutest seven-year-old matchmaker. She had so much energy and love to pass around. Aubrey had me laughing on more than one occasion. I loved that she wanted to make homemade gifts for her family members. I also loved her hot guardian, Josh. I liked how he will do anything to make her happy even if it means having to pay for private lessons on a Sunday. Grant had a heart of gold for being selfless enough to come in on his day off and allow Aubrey and Josh to take private lessons since the holiday craft series is already full. Of course, he isn’t completely selfless since his primary reason for doing it is because he thinks Josh is hot and he wants to get to know him more even if he’s pretty sure that Josh is straight.
But that doesn’t stop Grant from teaching Aubrey how to make the best holiday projects for her family. My favorite holiday project that they did was the cross stitch pillow for her mom and how Grant helped her modify the pattern to match a pillow that her mother had when she was younger. I loved the innuendos that were passed back and forth between Grant and Josh. My only complaint was that the make-out scene was interrupted and then not finished. I really wanted it to be finished. Otherwise, a truly enjoyable Christmas short story.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
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