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Nate Roth’s latest dumb stunt has left him with a broken arm, black eye, and stitched chin—and extra trepidation about visiting his family for Hanukkah. He fears his relatives will put him through another round of criticism for his foolish choices and his nonexistent love life. Several mishaps during his short journey to his parents’ house don’t bode well. But along the way he meets impossibly gorgeous Gio DiPietro—and maybe it’s time for Nate’s risk-taking impulses to turn out well for a change.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
I’m sure you are aware of the annual Advent collection Dreamspinner puts together every holiday season but if not, let me tell you, it’s loads of great fun. I would love to read each and every story but sadly time is always an issue for me during this hustle-bustle time of year. I’m forced to pick and choose a small handful of stories from the collection. I’ve learned the hard way that sticking with favorite authors typically works to my best advantage. This year I was stoked to see Fielding participating again. Woot! I was pleasantly rewarded with another marvelous treat from her.
This may be a quickie but it’s utterly satisfying.
Nate is a trip. Well, he actually does trip a lot but he’s a hoot too. I connected easily with his easy-going hilarious voice. He’s a bull in a china shop. He’s reckless, impulsive and oh-so-sweet. He’s dreading heading home for the holidays; not because he isn’t welcome or accepted by his family but because he’s embarrassed about his latest crash-n-burn. A mucked up dare ended badly, leaving him busted and broken. It’s not that he’s a total bonehead, it’s just a combination of butterfingers and harebrain ideas. He’s a frequent flier at the hospital and is sporting impressive injuries just in time for Hanukkah. It’s always something with Nate however this thing has his spirits down.
En route to his parents, a stranger stumbles upon him in mid freak-out. This handsome stranger is everything wet dreams are made of. Gio. As if an angel was summoned to fix his blunder, Gio not only helps Nate replace his missing gifts but also his missing smile. And if things couldn’t get any crazier, they are headed in the same direction and make plans for a hot date the following night.
Gio is filthy rich, disgustingly gorgeous and fathers a magnificent dog. His life is always neat, clean and perfect. He desperately wants to…mess it up. A frazzled cutie at the truck stop catches his eye and before he knows it, his heart.
It’s short but so much fun.
Trust me, add this one to your wish list…you’ll be entirely Grateful.