Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Santa Project
Author: Elinor Gray
Series: 2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
Heroes: Adam & David
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 55 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Working at the Craft Emporium keeps Adam Martinez busy during the holiday season he absolutely hates. Enter elementary schoolteacher David Okoye, who can’t get enough of Christmas or craft supplies. David is cute, wholesome, and Adam can’t deny a little bit of a crush.
Making the holidays special for his students is only part of the reason David makes excuses to go to the Craft Emporium. He also holds a torch for Adam. He takes it as a personal challenge to show Adam how to enjoy the holidays when he asks Adam to teach him to knit. David promises the holidays can be wonderful when shared with the right people, but how can they share them when David is going home to his family and Adam will be left all alone?
I thought the story itself was good. I loved the difference of attitude between Adam and David regarding the holiday. Adam hates it because he’s a Christmas baby, and celebrating his birthday with others makes the birthday less special – less belonging to him only. David on the other hand, embraces holidays and all its glory.
I thought they were cute together, and it was a nice idea that David wants to experiment on Adam, trying to make him loves Christmas more (though it WILL bite him back in the a** because that’s how it should be *laugh*)
I was also into Adam’s knitting – although I wished there were more scenes of Adam writing on his blog and shared his expertise to others via written word.
What didn’t work for me was the hot steamy sex scenes. Sorry, it just my preference, okay? When it comes to holiday novella/short story I prefer them to be rather clean, no matter if it’s MM or MF or FF romance. There are two long hot sex scenes here and it just ruined my good mood reading them. Again, it’s MY preference not yours.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*