Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Guardian Angels
Author: Geneva Vand
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Jake & Eli
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 36 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: One snowy evening, a car wreck in front of his toy store triggers terrible memories for Jake. Suddenly, he is in the midst of another winter storm—and another accident, one that not everyone walked away from. When he returns to the present, Jake is on the ground, being watched over by a guardian angel in the form of a kind man named Eli. Eli is no stranger to panic attacks and PTSD, and he’s happy to help Jake get home—where the weather forces him to remain for the night. For Jake, it could be the first step toward a life free from fear and loneliness.
Jake’s had a rough couple of years and he’s slowly getting back to normal but when a car accident happens right outside his store, he’s thrust back into the worst night of his life. When he comes back to the present, he sees Eli standing over him, ready to help like a guardian angel and refuses to leave until he knows Jake is alright. What starts as a kind act turns slowly into something more.
This was a very cute story. I liked that Jake was so damaged and how Eli wanted to help even though he was a complete stranger. I also liked how sweet they were together once Jake realized maybe it was time to move on but I wished it had been longer. I felt like the story had a lot more weight to it than should have been in a short story. We didn’t get enough time to really explore the issues Jake and Eli had.
In the end, I still enjoyed the story and I loved the premise. I wished it had been longer so we could have really gotten into the thick of things but as it is, it was way too short to really give the story justice. Even so, give this one a go if you’re looking for a little angst with your sweet Christmas story.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*