Saturday, December 28, 2013

Grumble Monkey and the Department Story Elf by B.G. Thomas

Title: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf
Author: BG Thomas
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: 2013 Dreamspinner Advent Calendar
Main Characters: Kit and Nick
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George. 

Nick is a very unhappy man—he's achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won't deter him. That's when he found Kit. 

At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit's personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

My Review:
Even though I had all my Christmas reviews already done and scheduled, on Christmas day I felt the need for a heartfelt little Christmas read and this was the novella I picked up. It was perfect!

Nick is not a happy guy. He's obviously very successful and rich, but that hasn't fulfilled him. He's bitter, almost mean, and very intolerant of other people. But when he's driving in the middle of an ice storm, he can't abandon Kit, a flamboyant, happy-go-lucky young guy stranded at a rest stop on Christmas Eve and ends up giving him a ride. It's an act of kindness that literally changes Nick's life. 

This book was pure romantic sweetness. These two guys are such opposites and they really have a hard time connecting at first. In fact, both of them begin to regret that Nick offered the ride, but then they find their mutual love of art. Kit is an artist and Nick runs a successful gallery in NYC. I loved this aspect of the story and how it created a common ground for the two guys. It made the connection between them more believable. They truly have an emotional connection through the emotions that they both feel for art. 

This is a book that all about the romance and the relationship. The sex scenes are there, but completely behind the scenes so that you can enjoy the build-up of the relationship and emotions between the two guys. This is a holiday story, but I'd recommend it as a read for the next snow/ice-storm that comes through your town, too, to put you into that wonderful happy, romantic place that the cold temperatures can bring. It was good. 

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