5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anthology Book Christmas Cinderella/Cinderfella co-workers to lovers Contemporary Dreamspinner Families/Weddings Gay Gay Heat Index Holiday Little to no angst m/m Mary D Mild/low level heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Standalone

Holidays: The Peppermint Schnapps Predicament(2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Clare London

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Frankie Faraday is a promising young salesperson at Mason’s Emporium. Bill Mason is his boss, the son of the store’s founder, and the object of Frankie’s long-suffering, deeply devoted crush. Bill is steady and sober; Frankie is frivolous and flaky. Or so they seem to each other, until the night of the annual inventory, when they’re trapped together in the Seasonal Gifts storeroom, with nothing but candy and peppermint schnapps to sustain them until they’re rescued. And then the real truths—and something definitely more intimate—emerge!




I loved this story, such fun. The story takes place in Masons Department store. Frankie is on of the sales assistants in the Seasonal department, he has a crush on his gorgeous boss Bill Mason. In a wonderful bit of slapstick comedy they get stuck together in a storeroom with no way out. This is where the Christmas magic happens. I love the way Clare has placed a seemingly flighty Franky with uptight Bill. When we see them relax with each other it then becomes clear both are living to perceived expectations rather than being themselves. Dreams can come true with a little courage to go after what you want. Wonderful short story.
5 of 5 stars

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