3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Animals/pets Book Christmas Contemporary Dee Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Holiday Romance Instafreebie m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) pining

Boy Next Store by HJ Welch

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The only thing that’s got Jamie through working retail this holiday season has been staring at the gorgeous guy running the gingerbread stall across from his store at the mall. He’s never worked up the courage to talk to him though, so little does he know that Max has been eyeing him up too.

When a chance encounter with a stray puppy brings Jamie and Max together on Christmas Eve, the two of them have more in common than they thought, and the sparks fly immediately. Could it be that these three lost souls have each found a home just in time for Christmas?

Boy Next Store is a short, steamy standalone gay romance with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliffhanger.


This is a cute, short holiday story!
Jamie and Max meet when they rescue an abandoned puppy. Each man has had a crush on the other but were too shy to do anything about it.
When they finally get to talk and bond over the puppy, their crush blossoms into a sweet bedroom scene.
As a short holiday book, it is well a done and pretty much compact story, complete with an epilogue and HEA. It’s a story that can be read again, and not just during the holidays 🙂

3.5 stars out of 5


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