Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: An Unexpected Sanctuary
Author: Cassie Decker
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Tobin & Kyle
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 33 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: An aggressive super-flu pandemic wipes out a majority of the population over the course of one Christmas holiday—and brings Tobin and Kyle together. For almost a year, they’ve been trekking across the country from Colorado toward a sanctuary in upstate New York. Kyle’s survival skills have kept them alive, and Tobin wants to repay the man he loves with a very special gift of his own making. He sneaks off in search of the last few pieces… only to get himself and Kyle kidnapped by a desperate stranger. With their journey to New York on hold—possibly indefinitely—they’ll need to accept that home isn’t always defined by a place as much as the person you’re with.
This was such an amazing story! I sorta expected this one to be more on the serious side but it was actually pretty sweet. I loved that Tobin and Kyle met after the pandemic started and have been together since then. I also found it interesting that they’ve lasted this long but I really loved that they ended up finding a place to call home. It was a little weird how it happened but definitely entertaining. I loved that Tobin wanted to give a gift to Kyle but I also loved that their individual skills not only have kept them alive but also managed to make them useful to others.
While I really loved this book, I was a little confused why Tobin would go out, at night, without Kyle and not fear for his life. I mean, a lot of the beginning is being told about how they’ve been robbed or almost been robbed so it was weird to me that he would risk that instead of just saying “Hey, lets stop in here real quick to see if I can find any useful parts for new gadgets.” Sure, not as suspenseful but more practical and Kyle never would have thought anything of it.
In the end, I really loved the book. It was over way to quick though! I hope the author considers turning this one into a full novel so we can see a bit of the year they’ve been together AND some of what happens next. It would be interesting to see where they’re at in another year or so!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*