Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Christmas Grace
Author: C.L. Miles
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar | Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Craig & Aaron
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 53 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Christmas has been a lonely time of year for Aaron since losing his family fifteen years ago. But now he’s seeing Craig, and though Aaron is sure they belong together, both have been hurt in the past, so they’re taking things slowly. So far, Craig has been supportive of Aaron’s struggles with anxiety—struggles that cost Aaron relationships in the past.
On Christmas Eve, Aaron is closing his bookshop when Craig surprises him with a specially planned evening. Will this be the night they take that final step and deepen their physical relationship? Aaron hopes so, but things aren’t that simple. Craig has been keeping a secret…. Can Aaron take his place as part of a family again and accept the love he’s missed for so long—or will he find that some deceptions are too big to be forgiven, even with the help of some Christmas grace?
I adored the concept of this story and how Aaron and Craig didn’t rush into their relationship. I found it had a lot of promise and I really liked that Aaron had such severe anxiety and how much Craig really showed that he cared by how he can help Aaron when he gets anxious. I found them together as a couple really sweet and wished there had been depth to that relationship, although I would have loved to see it from the beginning.
However, while I enjoyed their relationship and that they were taking things slow, I was honestly annoyed with the huge secret and how long Craig had kept it. I mean, they were at the point of being in love and Craig didn’t see fit to let Aaron know about that part of himself? What if he couldn’t have handled the secret? Then Aaron would have just wasted 9 months AND a broken heart. I found it ridiculous he kept that. Also, the sex seemed really forced and out of place in the story. With their issues, it felt like it was just a way to get passed the secret and not a natural progression to their relationship.
Overall, this one had a lot of potential but it felt almost as if the author was trying to stick too much into too little time and wished the author would have considered something else as a secret or at least had it so Aaron and Craig hadn’t been together for so long without this coming to light. Not example my favorite of the series but I would read a sequel if one came out.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*