4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Book Christmas Contemporary Dee Dreamspinner Established Couple/Sequel Families/Weddings Finding Family Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Hurt/comfort Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Standalone

Holidays: Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings(2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Nell Iris

Dreamspinner Presents


Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.

When Ellis finds the saddest-looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon Line thrown away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.

Review: Short, sweet story. It even managed to make me sniff just a little. All this in under 50 pages.
Ellis and Casey are a lovely couple. They are both are struggling to make a decent living – but they don’t let their situation keep them from finding happiness with each other. Xmas, being the season when miracles can happen, things start to look up for the pair.
I think the best part of this story is the love and affection these men had for each other and life in general. Definitely a lovely story, one I’d reread.

4 stars out of 5


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