Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Release Date: 11/22/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Page Count: 160
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
NOTE: This 50,000 word short novel features a new couple but includes Jordan and Owen, from the author’s book “Superhero”. It can be read as a stand-alone.
4/5 Stars for Desperately Seeking Santa
Eli Easton has this strange habit of delivering books I didn’t know I needed to read. I’ve read several books by her and every other book or so just really hits me hard. This was one of those books, but not because it was particularly sad or one of the MC’s had a huge, life-altering hurdle to overcome. This book was phenomenal because it was about love, finding acceptance, compromising, and making sacrifices for the things that really matter the most.
I loved both of these characters. They weren’t cookie cutter perfect for each other, but they learned the value of compromise and communication. Mack was the kind of guy that everyone knows but doesn’t actually know. When he met Gabe (after being set up on a date with him) and they really hit it off it was like a dream come true, but Gabe’s excitement over exposing Santa put him off.
Gabe didn’t know what he did wrong. He hadn’t been able to take his eyes off of Mack since the day he first saw him at a wrestling match, and from that second on he was a goner. Being set up on a date with the guy was the stuff of fantasies, but now that he had it in his grasp, he was floating. He had a hot date and perfect plans for an amazing article. What more could a guy want?
This book was good. It felt a little short, but I’ve been feeling that way about most books I’ve read recently, so maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I loved this book. It’s my favorite holiday read of the year so far.