A Guest Review by Feliz
Summary Review: This was a story like a gingerbread cake: sweet, with a touch of spicy, it made a tasty snack.
The Blurb: DJ Delaney has two days off, a refrigerator full of food, and a tree with a thousand lights. What he doesn’t have is someone to share it with. Berg Pederson is out of the Army and out of the closet, and he’s traveled clear across the country to spend the holidays with a former lover—until the guy’s wife answers the door. Now he’s stranded on Christmas Eve with no idea what to do next.
Then DJ comes home and finds Berg outside his duplex, looking lost. One look into pale blue eyes, and DJ is curious enough to offer the guy a warm place to wait while he calls a cab, and then, on impulse, offers to make him dinner. Berg isn’t sure why the tall cop seems to be into him, but he’s not going to argue. After all, it’s Christmas Eve, and miracles do happen.
This novella is part of the 2012- “Evergreen” DSP Advent Calender Set
DJ Delaney had bad luck in relationships so far, none of his lasted for long. Berg Pedersen just got cheated out of what he thought would be the first real relationship in his life. A chance encounter on Christmas eve brings the two men together. By Christmas morning both realize that they were granted a wish neither one of them knew was on his list.
I read this because I was in the mood for something sweet and christmas-y, and I found myself fully satisfied in that regard. It’s in tune with the seasonal spirit that DJ opens his house to the stranger he finds on his doorstep, and it’s certainly more than sheer coincidence that said stranger turns out to be just the perfect man for him, and vice versa.
I liked that even though they went from attraction to affection fast, it didn’t seem too rushed. It was pleasant to see the bond over pasta (with LOTS of garlic) and rum-coconut-eggnogg, and even though they, of course, ended up in bed together, they didn’t just jump each other’s bones.
Due to the short format and due to the fact that the sex scenes take up a lot of page space, there wasn’t much room for characterization. Maybe this is why both main characters remained a bit pale. They were inherently nice guys, easy on the eyes, companionable and well-matched, but that’s about it. DJ is a cop, sure, but he could’ve been anything for all this mattered. Berg, the former soldier, was actually the better-drawn of the two, with the hangups and insecurities that came from his closeted past.
There was also a bit of drama worked in that appeared somewhat contrived, but luckily didn’t turn into some kind of artificial misunderstanding thanks to both guy’s well-developed common sense.
If you’re in the mood for a light and easy holiday read, try this story, it might just hit the spot.