Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Matthew’s Present
Author: Sarah Hadley Brook
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Matthew & Tyler
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 23 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Matthew Blick is almost thirty years old, and he hates the thought of another holiday alone. He has become a bit of a wet blanket when Christmas rolls around every year. So much so that even his five-year-old niece, Hannah, knows something needs to change. She asks the department store Santa to bring her uncle a man to love, and when Santa sees her uncle, he formulates a plan to set that possibility in motion.
Santa shows up at Matthew’s house and at first Matthew can’t place him, but then the memories of his first kiss flood his mind and he is shocked to find that Santa is the man he has carried a torch for since high school. Will this twist of fate help Matthew change his view on the holidays? Only a kiss can tell.
When Matthew’s roped into taking his niece to see Santa, he doesn’t expect the torture of waiting in line. He also doesn’t expect the department store Santa to follow him home only to learn that his niece wished Santa to bring a man for Matthew to love. When Santa shows up, Matthew’s more than stunned especially when he finds out just who Santa is under the suit.
This was such a cute story! I loved the premise of it and how the story played out. The fact that Santa, who’s really Tyler, thought it would be a great idea to ‘gift’ himself as Matthew’s present took a lot of balls and the fact that he didn’t even know how it would play out or have a plan made the story that much more fun. I loved that Matthew and Tyler had a bit of history and it was sweet seeing Matthew realize just who Tyler was.
I really enjoyed this story but I must say, it felt more like the start of a novel than an actual short story. It ended so suddenly, I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of what happened next. Specifically, a little snippet of where these two are in three or even six months.
All in all, I enjoyed this little story. I liked that Tyler took such a big risk and then felt embarrassed by it. I also liked that these two had a little bit of history. I definitely hope this author writes a sequel because I’d love to know if Tyler and Matthew make it after the holidays. Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for a short, sweet little story!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*