Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: A Timely Gift
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes:Rory & Deacon
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 39 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sometimes the right gift can be life-changing….
On the solstice, Rory’s grandfather gives him a pocket watch that he claims will have Rory’s life sorted and his problems solved by Christmas. Rory starts out skeptical, but when he reconnects with an ex he never thought he’d see again, he has to admit there might be some holiday magic working after all.
Deacon’s life is in shambles, and he’s returned to Syracuse for a fresh start. Running into Rory again feels like much more than a coincidence, and neither of them can deny the passion between them is still smoldering. With the watch behaving oddly at just the right moments, Rory and Deacon might receive the gift of a lifetime—if they’re willing to accept it.
Rory’s grandda is ready for Rory to settle down and have a family. Even though he knows Rory is gay, he still wants Rory to be happy and find someone. So he gives Rory a solstice gift in the form of a pocket watch. Then Rory runs into his ex, Deacon, and the Christmas magic might just have brought them together again after all these years.
This was such a sweet, cute story but I wish it had been longer. It was so interesting and I loved the parts where the watch moved the story along. Both Rory and Deacon were interesting characters and I liked that there was a bit of paganism in the story, not much but just a hint. While I enjoyed the story, I felt like this one should have been longer to really explore Rory and Deacon and the feelings that are still between them.
In the end, this was a cute little story about second chances. It doesn’t go into too much detail but there’s enough to get a hint of the characters and a bit of their background with just a little magic thrown in. Give this one a go if you’re looking for something quick and easy to read.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*