A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.
Ray seems like the perfect boyfriend—he’s gorgeous, incredibly romantic, and has a mechanical suit he invented to become the dastardly MantaRay. For Alec, who also spends his nights making life difficult for do-gooders everywhere, it’s a match made in supervillain heaven. Except that Ray is a bit too into the hit soap opera All My Werewolves. When tempers flare during what’s supposed to be a quiet night out, Alec nearly ruins everything over a stupid bet with an alien gorilla.
Desperate to prove his feelings to Ray, and with Christmas fast approaching, Alec decides the fastest way to Ray’s heart is to embrace the thing that threatens to divide them—a certain werewolf show with a certain actor who Ray admires. A simple kidnapping promises to do the trick, only fur (and fandom) fly when Alec’s romantic gesture leads to a very hairy situation. Can Alec prove to Ray how much their relationship means to him, or will his plans be ruined by the werewolf before Christmas?
This story took me a while to get into. I haven’t read anything by Charles Payseur and had not read the blurb. So it took some time before things started to make sense. Once they did it turned into a man wanting to get the ultimate gift for his boyfriend because he didn’t think he was good enough for him. There was also a bet made in the bar after a few drinks involved.
Throw in a couple of twists and turns and the story slides nicely into a romantic gesture and a super villain fangirling over an actor who is in return fangirling over a fan. We’ve all been there.
3.5 of 5 stars