Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toyshop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature.
When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.
I think this ties for my favorite story from this collection and is absolutely one of my favorite holiday stories of the year!
Brian is a “daddy bear” who doesn’t want to be seen that way, his self-esteem isn’t very high in the romance department and he’s floored when the hot “real bear” hits on him.
In addition to feeling like his body isn’t great, he’s a closet geek – times a thousand! – and he’s not very sociable. There’s just no way this hot, together, older guy really wants something to do with him, right?
Well, he does and MAN it’s so frickin’ sweet! I just loved every word of this and wished it was a full-fledged novel because watching these two come together was really beautiful.
I don’t want to just re-iterate the story but there were so many things I loved! I loved the reaction James has to the “Teddy Bear” movies. I wanted to cry with the guys when James gives Brian the present. I loved Brian’s vision of future Christmases. I even found Phillip and his shenanigans charming.
There was just enough raunch and just enough silliness to keep this from being maudlin but SO MANY FEELS! I loved it!
6 of 5 stars
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