“I had to touch you with my hands, I had to taste you with my tongue; one can’t love and do nothing.” ― Graham Greene
BLURB: Cal Martin loathes Christmas music, especially the clichéd carols pumped through the mall speakers on endless loop. Even worse is the holiday-themed hell of Santa’s Village that looms right in front of the sports store he manages. It’s yet another hurdle for Cal as he tries to survive the world of retail during the soul-sucking holiday season… until he catches a glimpse of one of Santa’s elves and becomes infatuated with the cheery, gorgeous guy dressed in candy-cane tights.
Of course, just walking up to the guy and asking him out isn’t easy, and a botched attempt at matchmaking ends up turning a simple courtship into a mess for the gossip page. What can Cal do to overcome his social ineptitude, correct erroneous assumptions, and maybe have a merry little Christmas of his own?
REVIEW: Oh my goodness, this is one of the cutest little Christmas stories I have read so far this season. The characters are so fun and entertaining. There is Cal, the manager of a sporting goods store in the mall, his younger brother Brock, who is working in the food court, and then there are the elves, Alex and Xander. Of course, we can’t forget Mia, Cal’s employee, who stirs up all the trouble in the first place.
Cal doesn’t have much use for holiday music, and the most annoying thing he can imagine is having Santa’s Grotto set up right outside his store at the mall. That is, until he sees the most beautiful boy in the world in a tiny skimpy elf costume playing Santa’s helper. He also happens to catch Xander playing Christmas music, and he finds when Xander plays it, he likes it. The only catch is he hasn’t asked the hot little elf for his name. When he asks Mia who the hot little elf is, she assumes he means Alex, Xander’s twin sister, since she has no idea he is gay. This leads to some very humorous misunderstandings in the beginning, but eventually Cal and Xander get it all figured out.
I have to say I am fan of Therese Woodson’s work. This is the second story of hers I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Her sense of humor always shines through, but more than that, I feel like she must be a sappy romantic at heart, because I know I am and I love her work.
This is a cute little short that is full of the sappy romance and the super hawt smexy scenes too. Highly recommend this one!