Nell Iris' Christmas

Holidays at Nell’s: Day 25

We’re here. Christmas Day. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, or happy Friday if you don’t care about any of that stuff and just want to sleep. No matter how you choose to spend today, I hope you’re having a good time and that you’re staying safe. Maybe today looks different than it normally does for you, maybe you can’t see your loved ones like you usually do, but I still hope you’re having a good day despite a difficult situation.

Today’s recommendation is yet again one of my own, Unexpected Christmas, my most popular holiday story to date. It was even nominated in Goodreads’ Members Choice awards 2018. I didn’t win, alas, but just being nominated was an honor. It’s also available in the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you’re a subscriber you can read it for no extra charge, which is perfect for a day like today, don’t you agree? 🙂

Christmas Day at Nell’s: Unexpected Christmas by me.
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All alone, caught in a blizzard—without a coat—on Christmas Day. Would you accept a ride from a huge guy looking like a serial killer?

Daniel Erickson stormed out of his family celebration after choking on his turkey served with a side of bigotry. Utterly miserable, he reluctantly lets himself be charmed by the hulk of a man and gets into his car…hoping he won’t be ax murdered.

Axel Wilson—Ax for short, unfortunately—is a sweetheart. Really. He may be badass-looking but his heart melts into goo at the mere mention of his four-year-old niece. Surely, he’s not dangerous?

Thrown together by family drama, they spend the evening getting to know each other. Axel is nothing like Daniel expected. But it doesn’t matter that he loves poetry, is gentle and patient—and hot!—Daniel is absolutely not falling in love at first sight. There’s no such thing.


This is a book about not judging others by their outward appearances, about difficult families, about an (almost) instant connection. What starts out as a meeting on a cold road on Christmas Day, where Axel startles Daniel because of his “serial-killer looks” quickly turns into something completely different. Something…heart-melting.

If you’re in the mood for open conversations, a gentle giant, and Walt Whitman in front of a fireplace, this is the story for you. It’s also on the steamy side…at least for a Nell Iris book 🙂

Buy links

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