Title: All Creatures Great and Small
Author: Kasper Quill
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 34 Pages
Category: Contemporary Holiday Romance
At a Glance: All Creatures Great and Small is a sweet Christmas story that just makes you go ‘aww’.
Reviewed By: Jenn
Blurb: Growing up an orphan meant Charlie never celebrated Christmas. He’s committed to making sure his newly adopted cat, Max, doesn’t miss out like he did. Unfortunately, he discovers that giving Max the perfect Christmas might be easier said than done—and not without risk.
Charlie’s landlord, successful and wealthy real estate developer Aemon Scotfield, is charmed by the gorgeous redhead and his shameless alley cat. He finds himself compelled to help orchestrate a memorable celebration for Max—and Charlie—despite the mishaps that seem to just keep coming. As difficult as it will be to pull off the perfect holiday, the real challenge might be walking away when it’s over.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”
Review: All Creatures Great and Small is a sweet Christmas story that just makes you go aww. Charlie lives a safe if solitary life, so it seems like fate intervening when he nearly runs over a scruffy looking cat. It also brings Aemon into his life. They seem like complete opposites, as Aemon is dressed in a snazzy suit and speaks as though he’s read a thesaurus. Charlie is just adorable and seems to have a soft spot for animals that need a home that doesn’t mind imperfect pets, a trait most likely brought on by his time in the foster system where he felt too different to be adopted.
The book doesn’t delve too much into Aemon’s character—who turns out to be Charlie’s landlord—only talking a bit about how he spent Christmases with his family. Nor does it have much relationship building, showing only Aemon’s sweeter side as he helps Charlie start new Christmas traditions, with a clumsy beginning, for his newly adopted cat, Max. Though Charlie questions Aemon’s desire to help him, thinking it pity, I certainly don’t as I just wanted to whisk him away and give him the love he deserves, and clearly has for everybody, human or animal.
I also adore how, by the end, it is Aemon who is the only one who seems to have any control over the multiple animals Charlie adopts, while Charlie flails but gives them all the love they missed out on. I also love how he just can’t pass by an animal in need of a home. I’d love to see a continuation of this story, or even just the development of the relationship.
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