Reviewed by Ami
Title: Homemade from the Heart
Author: Bru Baker
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Genre: M/M Contemporary Holiday
Length: 55 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb:Craft store owner Grant has always been a sucker for a pretty face, and that goes double for a pretty face with an adorable sidekick. When seven-year-old Aubrey has her heart set on taking Grant’s already-full holiday craft series, he caves and gives up his one day off a week so she (and her hot guardian, Josh) can take private lessons. Their flirting ramps up week after week, and even though Josh isn’t with Aubrey’s mother, Grant can’t be sure the man isn’t straight. Maybe he’s just being friendly. And Josh, who most definitely is not straight, is afraid of being the creepy guy hitting on the teacher.
Frustrated by their stubbornness and cluelessness, Aubrey takes matters into her own hands. She decides the best gift to give Josh is something homemade and from the heart—a boyfriend they’ll both love.
When Aubrey and her Hot Divorce Dad walked into Grant’s craft store where he also has children classes to create artsy things, Grant decides there and then to offer a private lesson to her. Even if he doesn’t actually give private lessons. It’s just that the dad is hot and Grant wants to spend more time with him.
This is another cute read from this year’s DSP Advent collection – I enjoyed how Grant was imagining Josh’s family life with Aubrey, all along crushing over him but couldn’t exactly strongly flirt since well, he thought Josh was straight. Yes, the danger of making an assumption, Grant. *laugh*
The setting makes the story feels restricted though. Because Grant doesn’t interact with Josh outside of the private class, and they only meet during one weekend for a couple of hours. I’d love this story to be a bit longer so I can see how good they are together. However, for a Christmas short story it’s quite enjoyable. Plus Aubrey is a smart cookie. 🙂
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*