4 stars Angst Level Author Provided Book Christmas College/University coming of age Contemporary Gay Gay Geek/Jock GFY/OFY Heat Index Holiday Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Mild/low level heat New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Sports Wrestling writer

Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

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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

This Christmas story has something for everyone and like the perfect Christmas gift you do want to put it down. First we get to revisit Jordan and Owen from Superman. It’s lovely to find out how they are getting on four years later as seniors. I doesn’t matter if you haven’t read Superman, Desperately Seeking Santa stands on its own but do recommend it. Jordan takes his friend Gabe to see Owen in a wrestling match and there he sees (can’t miss) Mack ‘The Mountain’ McDonall. For someone who has no interest in sports Wrestling has just become very interesting.
Gabe is a journalism major looking for a great exposure story for a final paper and if he can get paid to do it win win. I really liked Gabe, he’s a fun character with a serious side but you’d have fun with him. He is disappointed his first assignment is a fluffy Christmas piece and looks for angles. When he finds out no one knows who the Santa is, well looks like he’s got his story! But what would be the cost of exposing Santa? The story is told from Gabe’s point of view and it’s great to see him realise how his own experiences colors his views.
Mack is reserved, the strong silent type of loveable guy. He knows what he wants and where his future is going. Family is important to him and he cares deeply about the important people in his life. I love both Mack and Gabe so different from each other but complimenting each other at the same time The part I adore the most is the tradition of toasting to wishes for the next year, they were ones of hope and happiness. It’s a lovely idea. All in all this is a perfect Christmas story for me.

As I said there is something for everyone in this wonderful Christmas story, the slow romance and building of trust between Gabe and Mack, the spirit of Christmas caring for others, selfless generosity, family, friends and pulling together to make a difference. All without the fluff. This is going to be one of my go to Christmas reads.

4 of stars out of 5


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