Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Candy Canes and Cappuccinos
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Kyle & Steven
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 24 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Kyle is struggling to run his coffee shop on his own after his partner walked out on him. He has his eye on Steven, who comes into the shop each day, but hasn’t worked up the nerve to express his interest. When Steven asks Kyle to help out with Christmas lunch at the homeless shelter where he works, Kyle is too exhausted to agree. He donates his tips but still feels he’s blown his chances with Steven and made himself look like a selfish jerk.
On Christmas Day, Kyle sees a way to make amends—to both Steven and the needy people depending on his kindness. It’s the right thing to do, and Kyle hopes he can clear up the misunderstanding and show Steven the type of man he really is. Maybe then they can consider some dessert when the lunch at the shelter is over….
The blurb does a really good job of explaining this story. In the beginning, I really loved that Kyle was doing all that he could to make his coffee shop a success so he could buy out his ex-lover. I liked that he had a little crush on Steven and that Steven seemed to have the same crush. Steven was more of an enigma, though, since we didn’t get his POV, it was hard to tell what he really thought of things. Kyle makes things blatantly clear where he stands on Steven asking for help so you really get to see what kind of character he is.
I was enjoying this one a lot but then Kyle said something completely idiotic and made me think he was so selfish that it almost ruined the story completely for me. I won’t say what it is because others might not feel the same way but I just found him so self-absorbed after that, I couldn’t enjoy the rest of the story. And then, he tried to make up for it but it just didn’t feel genuine to me.
All in all, I enjoyed the first part of the story but I didn’t exactly enjoy the second half. I liked Steven as a character and Kyle up until he showed his selfishness but otherwise, it’s a cute, sweet little story.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*