Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Carson is a California transplant settling into life in the Windy City. On his first Christmas away from home, he assures his worried family he’ll be having a real Christmas dinner.
Recent culinary school graduate Tom Stockton earns some extra money giving out cooking advice at the Talk Turkey hotline. Tom’s honeyed voice and sharp sense of humor are attractive to the lonely Carson, and Carson finds reasons to call the hotline again and again. But on Christmas Eve, Carson’s call is less playful and more panicked with the big meal looming. Carson is just looking for advice, but Tom has a surprise in store that might lead to much more.
Review: This was a sweet and sexy story about two guys falling for each other over a turkey help hotline. A new one for me! Tom and Carson tip toe around admitting it however by way of flirting over zingers back and forth about Tom saving Carson from his disastrous lack of cooking know how. It was a pretty fun read which was surprising given how little time the guys spent together on page. I think I enjoyed the banter and the building of the tension between the characters. I knew the guys had to get together at some point so I settled in and enjoyed the journey. The story is told from Carson’s POV only so you don’t really know for sure if Tom is interested or not. He hints at it. Tom also thinks it would have to be a long distance thing so it probably wouldn’t work out. Or solve his immediate problem of being alone on Christmas. Carson keeps reaching out to Tom for advice on food when all he really wants to do is talk to him again. It’s all pretty sweet in that new exciting crush kind of way. Then a blizzard helps them finally get together in person. And it was so worth the wait. Their chemistry was practically crackling like a cozy fire. This story was a great Christmas read. I loved the characters. Their banter was so sexy and funny. I was laughing out loud and smiling throughout the book. This one was a totally warm and fuzzy read with lots of humor and a great build up for romance. I highly recommend this one. So much packed into one little short. One of my favorites this season.