Book Reviews

The Peppermint Schnapps Predicament (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by Clare London at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 03-December-2017

Book Blurb

Frankie Faraday is a promising young salesperson at Mason’s Emporium. Bill Mason is his boss, the son of the store’s founder, and the object of Frankie’s long-suffering, deeply devoted crush. Bill is steady and sober; Frankie is frivolous and flaky. Or so they seem to each other, until the night of the annual inventory, when they’re trapped together in the Seasonal Gifts storeroom, with nothing but candy and peppermint schnapps to sustain them until they’re rescued. And then the real truths—and something definitely more intimate—emerge!

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

Book Review

Frankie Faraday has a mad crush on his boss, Bill Mason, but Bill is oblivious, too wrapped up in his own issues to take Frankie seriously. Frankie definitely notices Bill, but he only sees a straight and straight-laced man who would never look at him twice, even if Bill were gay like Frankie. In their day-to-day association it seems that both men are seriously underestimating each other. When Bill and Frankie get locked in a storage closet, with no way out and no one around to free them, it's just the opportunity they need to see each other in a different light.

As they attempt to find a way out of their “predicament”, Frankie gets hungry. It seems the only food around is peppermint schnapps and chocolate Santa Clauses. Frankie gets a bit tipsy, making him bolder than he would normally be. In his slightly inebriated state, his feelings for Bill emerge. Frankie kisses Bill and Bill reciprocates, making things quite warm. He's happy, but shocked to realize that his crush on Bill is not that farfetched. In fact, Bill has been noticing him as well. While waiting to be rescued, they open up to each other about their fears, likes, and dreams. Bill and Frankie begin to see how they are not so different after all; actually, they may even complement each other.

This is an amusing, sexy holiday story reminding everyone not to judge a book by its cover. Clare has written the story in first person with alternating chapters between Frankie and Bill. With such a short story, this proves to be an efficient way to present each character's point of view. It was enlightening to see how different each man’s perception was and how well they were able to figure things out together. Thanks, Clare, for the bit of Christmas cheer.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 39 pages/10684 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2017
Price $1.99 ebook
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