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.
M/M Contemporary / 13 527 words
What did the reviewers think?
Serena Yates at Rainbow Book Reviews gave it 5 out of 5 stars:
“If you like sweet stories with a few wonderful surprises, if you think that two total strangers can manage to fall for each other amidst family drama, and if you’re looking for a read that has a white Christmas, unexpected romance leading to love, and a very happy ending, then you will probably like this short story as much as I do.”
Mari at Bayou Book Junkie gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars:
“Well-written, sweet and fun, with just a dash of angst, this was just a perfect holiday story and one of my favorites out of the ones I’ve read so far on this season. Highly recommendable!”
Susan at Gay Book Reviews gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars:
“It seems Nell Iris is fast becoming one of my favorite new authors for fluffy romances with a dash of hurt/comfort. This was such a warm feel-good Holiday story, I loved it”
Becca at Love Bytes gave it 5 out of 5 hearts:
The love and the beauty of these two just makes me breathless. I hope you find it as wondrous as I did.
Jae Moran at Love is Love Book Reviews gave it 5 out of 5 hearts:
It’s a precious jewel box of sweet, angst-free Christmas goodness about looking beyond the surface of your own prejudices and finding home in the one place you wanted to leave behind you.