Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
AUTHOR: Max Walker
PUBLISHER: Walking Press
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2016
Chris Harper is a writer with a heart of gold who finds himself down on his luck when his day job suddenly goes under. Left jobless, he’s able to land a gig as a mall Santa. He expects it to be a decent temporary job without making any lasting impression on his life.
Ho ho hooo, was he wrong about that.
Mark Nolan is a handsome real estate mogul who lived most of his life as a lie. When his daughter was born, Mark realized he needed to be true to what he felt. He came out as gay and tried to find love with another man, only to have his heart shattered and his trust fractured.
Then, during a masquerade party, Mark connects with a man unlike any other. Unfortunately, their connection is abruptly cut short and both are left asking themselves ‘what if’.
A year later and that same man is sitting in Santa’s sleigh, waiting to hear what Mark’s daughter wants for Christmas. Will they listen to fate and try to form something that lasts beyond chance encounters or will the ghosts of Christmas past come to tear them apart?
DADDY KISSING SANTA CLAUS is a hot and steamy, gay romance novel with no cliffhangers and a ton of holiday cheer.
I have absolutely no idea how I missed this little gem!
Chris Harper is a bit down on his luck. His company folded without notice and now he has to resort to taking up his best friend Tina’s offer to play Santa Claus at the local mall. At least it’s something to keep him afloat until his writing takes off. While he is playing Santa he catches a glimpse of “the one who got away” last year at Santarade, a festive Santa themed masquerade party. Mark is just trying to keep his life simple for himself and his daughter, Katie. Luckily things are still good with him and his ex-wife, the mayor of Durango, after he finally came out to her. But that kiss he experienced last year at Santarade still reminds him that he is a gay man with wants and needs. When Chris and Mark keep “bumping” into each other they finally admit their attraction and decide to give into these feelings and give dating a try.
I had absolutely no idea that there was a prequel to the Sierra View series that I absolutely love. When I realized Chris was Dean’s little brother I couldn’t read this quickly enough.
I really liked the chemistry between these two men. They just fit together. And Chris’s willingness to get involved with a man with a young daughter was touching. He openly embraced Katie even though he had no real experience with kids.
I also liked that there wasn’t a lot of angst but just a good story about two men that were immediately attracted to each other. Plus there was a good amount of sizzle to make their romance burn bright. I must say though, I didn’t see the Lucas storyline coming at all and could have lived without that sub plot and the story would be even better. Also a bit more editing would be helpful.
Cute little Christmas book that is a great opening to the Sierra View series that are some of my favorite stories this year.