Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Fairy Shop
Author: Tara Lain
Series: 2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
Heroes: Nate & Asher
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 64 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Nate Hawthorne meets Asher Dane, the huge, tattooed hunk is the personification of Nate’s dreams. But Nate knows there’s no future, because Asher is also the personification of his beloved five-year-old daughter Delly’s nightmares. She’s frightened of big men. Things turn around for both of them, however, when Delly goes Christmas shopping at the Fairy Shop and begins her quest for a wand that will make her brave. Neither of them guesses that the Fairy Shop will be the source of far more than Delly’s courage. On Christmas Eve, under the influence of a very unusual fairy, Nate’s life will change forever.
I admit I’m not a loyal reader of Tara Lain – her works and I didn’t click, somehow. However, holiday stories can result in different outcome, and I liked the story summary that I wanted to give it a try.
Alas, I found this story to be absolute MEH. Nate’s “relationship” (if you can call it that) mainly based on sexual attraction, and for me that was a downer. Because I love chemistry and emotional connection above all, not just sexual compatibility. There isn’t enough Nate and Asher outside the sexy times here for me to root deeply for the two of them.
I felt that Nate spent more time chasing Asher (in the beginning) or dealing with his daughter. And Asher feels not developed enough.
Too bad ☹
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*