4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Beth Jumper Book Christmas Contemporary Dreamspinner Families/Weddings Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Monthly Theme Part of a Series Short Story 1-20 pages (1-5k words) Standalone

Holidays: Eugene and the Box of Nails (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Jaime Samms

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Every time it seems like things are looking up for Eugene Kraft, disaster hits. Bankruptcy, a bigoted sibling, and a back-breaking accident have all left him with little money and less faith in the universe. His last-ditch effort at peace is the small lakeside property where he is building a tiny house from recycled materials. If he can get it livable before the cold sets in, maybe he’ll be okay. Hopefully Cullen, the foreman on the construction site next door, won’t notice Eugene pilfering discarded materials from his dumpster. When Cullen stops by to talk to Eugene, he’s sure the gig is up—but all Cullen wants is a date. Can two things go right in Eugene’s life? At first it seems possible. Projects on Eugene’s house are getting completed by what he dubs “construction elves” while he’s off site. But like Eugene predicted, his good fortune can’t last, and soon he has a tough choice to make: give up his home… or the man of his dreams.


I think we have all been at a time in our lives where we want to accomplish something all by ourselves, with no help from anyone else.
Eugene has let himself depend on others only to have that support suddenly yanked out from under him. Now all he wants to do is build himself a house, by himself, as inexpensively as possible. Of course the good looking foreman from the build site next door is a nice distraction.

Things start appearing on Eugene’s building site, and then things are getting done while he is gone. It’s not like Eugene isn’t grateful, it’s just he wants to do it by himself. Cullen couldn’t have done it because he was with Eugene when it happens.

Eugene and Cullen start off slow and easy, and then hit a brick wall. See what happens when a stubborn man finally lets people help him.

4 of 5 stars



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