3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Book Christmas Contemporary Dee Dreamspinner Families/Weddings Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Holiday Romance Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series pining Standalone

Holidays: Candy Canes and Cappuccinos (Advent 2017) by Elizabeth Coldwell

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Kyle is struggling to run his coffee shop on his own after his partner walked out on him. He has his eye on Steven, who comes into the shop each day, but hasn’t worked up the nerve to express his interest. When Steven asks Kyle to help out with Christmas lunch at the homeless shelter where he works, Kyle is too exhausted to agree. He donates his tips but still feels he’s blown his chances with Steven and made himself look like a selfish jerk.
On Christmas Day, Kyle sees a way to make amends—to both Steven and the needy people depending on his kindness. It’s the right thing to do, and Kyle hopes he can clear up the misunderstanding and show Steven the type of man he really is. Maybe then they can consider some dessert when the lunch at the shelter is over….


Another short, nice holiday story. This one centers around recently dumped Kyle, a coffee shop owner and Steven, who helps run a shelter. I’m a little torn – on one hand I knew it would be a short story, but I was surprised how quickly it wrapped up. When the 2 men get together for dinner, they still didn’t know much about each other. From there it progressed really fast to bed. To be honest, I didn’t feel a strong connection between them. Still, it’s an OK addition to the holiday-themed anthology.

2.75 stars round to 3 out of 5


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