Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Buy Links: DSP
Type: Short Story
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Frankie Faraday is a promising young salesperson at Mason’s Emporium. Bill Mason is his boss, the son of the store’s founder, and the object of Frankie’s long-suffering, deeply devoted crush. Bill is steady and sober; Frankie is frivolous and flaky. Or so they seem to each other, until the night of the annual inventory, when they’re trapped together in the Seasonal Gifts storeroom, with nothing but candy and peppermint schnapps to sustain them until they’re rescued. And then the real truths—and something definitely more intimate—emerge!
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”
Review: Of all the Christmas stories I read this season this one did seem the naughtiest. After all most of it does take place with two guys attracted to each other locked in a store room. Frankie has the hots for his boss Bill. Bill is the son of the owner of the Department store Frankie works for. It’s not really Bill’s dream to manage a store but his father has made it his duty. Frankie is excellent at his job but he doesn’t exactly have the qualifications to move up in his profession. He’s working on it though. While locked in together the guys get to know each other. Each giving the other the confidence they need to make themselves happy. This of course includes a budding romance between the two.
I did like this story but there’s not much to it. It feels like a short. Frankie is kind of flamboyant so people don’t take him seriously. His coworkers and the customers love him though. He’s a nice guy that just needs the higher ups to give him a chance. Bill quickly sees there’s more to Frankie than meets the eye. It’s a cute light read on the lighter side for Christmas. Worth the read if you want something quick and steamy with some holiday cheer.