Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Last Gift
Author: Chrissy Munder
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Nick & Aaron
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 48 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: College student Nick Reed works late shift at a convenience store and dreams of graduation, a job he can be proud of, and finding the man of his dreams.
But the man of his dreams is about to find him.
A change in his lab hours forces Nick to swap shifts with a coworker. But no one prepared Nick for Mr. 5:25—Aaron Hampton—a beefy blond who’s Nick’s perfect guy, but professionally and socially out of Nick’s reach. Soon Aaron becomes the highlight of Nick’s workday, and when the overly focused lawyer needs Nick’s help with holiday gifts, Nick is eager to spend time with Aaron.
They become friends, share book recommendations, and are surprised to find themselves at the same charity run. But is that all? When Aaron learns Nick is heading back to his old shift, will he find the courage to ask for one last, very special gift?
I really, really enjoyed this one! It’s about Nick who works multiple jobs but ended up switching his shift at the convenience store to work around his new school schedule so now he works the early morning shift. Which gives him the perfect opportunity to see Mr. 5:25, Aaron Hampton. What starts as just a brief interaction every day turns into so much more when they get to know each other and see how much they have in common. But Nick is just a student with too many jobs and Aaron’s life is already on track. Will they be able to make a go at things or will they only have a few early morning conversations?
Now, this story is just full of joy for me. I loved Nick as a character and I absolutely adored Aaron. The majority of the story takes place at the convenience store with just a few scenes outside of that. However, I found I really enjoyed the setting and how both Nick and Aaron were so eager and looking forward to 5:25 am every day because of being able to see each other. Nick was snarky, IMO, and Aaron was a mix of laid-back but put together… if that makes any sense. To me, they fit together and my only compliant is that this book wasn’t longer so we could really see them on a date and actually getting to know each other outside the clerk/customer setting.
All in all, I adored this story. I honestly hope Ms. Munder considers writing a sequel about them because I’d love to see where they are in a few months and how they work around both their demanding schedules. Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for a bit of humor and a really sweet story!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*