Sleigh Ride 2015 Advent Calendar: Grateful, Hapless

Author: Kim Fielding, Therese Woodson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars, 3.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP

Type: Short Stories

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Grateful

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.


All Ty wants is to propose to his boyfriend, Micah, before Christmas Eve. He has the perfect ring, the perfect setting, and the perfect plan, but the universe has other ideas. A sprained ankle, a choking woman, and a crying sister are just the tip of the iceberg as Ty stumbles toward his happy ever after. Now, as Christmas Eve looms before him, he has to figure out how to ask the biggest question of his life without his perfectionism getting in the way or he might lose the person he wants to spend the holiday, and every day after, with.


Review:  Grateful

Nate is totally accident prone. He’s also prone to be dared to do dumb things. So he’s heading back to his parents house for Hanukkah with a few bruises and a cast on his arm. When he stops for a break in his traveling he realizes he forgot his gifts. Along comes the super handsome dog loving Gio to the rescue. Together they convenience store shop for more heartfelt gifts. They also strike up a love match.

Honestly I expected Nate to continuously get hurt like the three stooges based on the blurb. It’s talked about in the first few pages and then just kind of goes away. Grateful was one of those easy heart warming stories where everything just kind of falls into place. It did feel like a short story. I don’t think I really got to know the characters or became all that invested in their relationship. Gio was almost too good to be true. I liked this story because it was about family and finding love. There’s really no conflict. Just a short sweet story that’s sure to make you smile.


I usually really like this authors books so I grabbed this one despite the proposal theme not really being my thing. It was maybe a tad sweet for my tastes but the guys were really adorable together. Ty is totally head over heels crazy for his boyfriend Micah. He wants to propose by he thinks it’s too cliché to do it on Christmas. It’s not just that. He wants to marry him and spend forever with him. So he puts pressure on himself to do it and do it right. What results is a string of chaos.

Despite Ty being super sweet he came off as kind of a mess. He over thinks it all but obvious things escape his notice. He becomes so focused on the proposal he gets kind of crazy. It’s a short so I think that helped it not go overboard into the unrealistic realm. A lot goes wrong. The guys are totally in love and adorable together. You know for sure Micah will say yes if Ty can just manage pop the question already. Weirdly my favorite part was Micah’s relationship with his sister. The back and forth was pretty funny. I enjoyed this one.

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