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Title: A Lion in Tails (2013 Advent Calendar - Heartwarming)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Published December 1st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 30th 2013)
ISBN: 9781627985840
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4.6 out of 5

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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar collection Heartwarming. Larry Kincaid isn't ready to be a parent, but when his sister dies in an accident, he takes his nephew, Angus, into his home. The change throws Larry's life into limbo until he meets Joshua Langdon. To Joshua, Larry is a lion: growly and strong, but too proud to ask for help. Joshua gets past h A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar collection Heartwarming. Larry Kincaid isn't ready to be a parent, but when his sister dies in an accident, he takes his nephew, Angus, into his home. The change throws Larry's life into limbo until he meets Joshua Langdon. To Joshua, Larry is a lion: growly and strong, but too proud to ask for help. Joshua gets past his defenses and finds a place in Larry and Angus's family, but Larry's pride gets in the way. Can they turn their holiday romance into a relationship that lasts into the New Year?

30 review for A Lion in Tails (2013 Advent Calendar - Heartwarming)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annery

    4.00 *** 'cause it's almost Christmas is coming & I'm not the Grinch*** A Christmas story in August? Yep. I'm shocked too and even more so that I enjoyed it. This had the potential of going sideways for me real quick: I've only done one Andrew Grey book before, and though I didn't hate it, I didn't run out to buy his backlist; I'm not a super fan of Holiday stories with their propensity for cheese and maple syrup; and I'm not a huge fan of kids in books, cute or otherwise *ducks*. Color me sur 4.00 *** 'cause it's almost Christmas is coming & I'm not the Grinch*** A Christmas story in August? Yep. I'm shocked too and even more so that I enjoyed it. This had the potential of going sideways for me real quick: I've only done one Andrew Grey book before, and though I didn't hate it, I didn't run out to buy his backlist; I'm not a super fan of Holiday stories with their propensity for cheese and maple syrup; and I'm not a huge fan of kids in books, cute or otherwise *ducks*. Color me surprised and chastened on all fronts. After the unexpected death of his sister, Larry Kincaid, becomes the sole guardian to his six (6) year old nephew Angus. They're both still adjusting and grieving but life goes on. Larry is preparing for his annual business holiday party and Angus wants to attend for which he needs formal wear. At the store they meet Joshua and Angus is immediately taken with him and maybe Larry is a bit smitten too. I liked the progression of the story, necessarily insta due to length and trope, but believably so and not overly-done. I liked Joshua. Very much. Though the younger, poorer, smaller guy in this duo he's no pushover and in fact is the party that gets things going and later keeps them going. Makes sense. Larry is in mourning and being the older of the two has had the chance of being burned & disappointed. Perhaps my favorite surprise was Angus. His child's grief and fear of being left again is well done but not made trite or maudlin, nor is he one of those "oh-so-wise" kids I never happen to meet in RL. However what brought it all together for me and tied it with a nice bow was K.C. Kelly's narration. Really good. Slow, deliberate and a nice touch with the voice for Angus. The emotions ring true.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandy*reads obsessively*

    I like Andrew Grey books, they are usually a sweet read, reliable for a fuzzy feel good story with little to no angst. Larry is raising his nephew after his sisters death, meets Joshua and they hit it off very quickly, Angus ( the kid not the beef) is likeable and cute. I did get a little annoyed with the constant Lion references. But yeah, it's short and sweet, but not my favorite Andrew Grey book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    Like most Christmas stories, this was another sweet, angst free read and it is what I come to expect with holiday stories. I felt so bad for Angus losing his mother at such a young age and spending his first Christmas without her. But Larry, while he is great with Angus is just so lost and doesn't think he can do this. Along comes Joshua who just seems to breathe life into both Angus and Larry and makes both of them begin to heal and live again. Lovely story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    Audiobook narrated by K.C. Kelly Five-year-old Angus was left orphaned a few months ago and his Uncle Larry was named guardian.Alone since breaking up with his boyfriend, Derek, Larry is a personable guy who really loves being Angus’s guardian, even when he’s afraid he’s going to screw something up.His formal holiday party is coming up soon and, since he’s the host and Angus has him wrapped around his little finger, he agrees to allow Angus to attend. The first order of business is to get formal w Audiobook narrated by K.C. Kelly Five-year-old Angus was left orphaned a few months ago and his Uncle Larry was named guardian.Alone since breaking up with his boyfriend, Derek, Larry is a personable guy who really loves being Angus’s guardian, even when he’s afraid he’s going to screw something up.His formal holiday party is coming up soon and, since he’s the host and Angus has him wrapped around his little finger, he agrees to allow Angus to attend. The first order of business is to get formal wear for the little guy and when Angus spots the formal jacket with tails, his eyes light up and his uncle is a goner.In fact, Angus wraps the salesman, Joshua, around his little finger too, and finagles an invitation to the party for Joshua. At the party, the chemistry between the two men burns so hot that Joshua and Larry end up in bed together at the end of the night but Larry is very disappointed to wake up all alone the next morning and vows to forget Joshua completely. He then gives Joshua the cold shoulder when he returns the rented formal wear and even Joshua’s apology makes no difference. Fortunately, they run into each other as they are picking out Christmas trees and Joshua has a chance to talk sense into his “lion”, the lion who is being too cowardly to pursue a relationship with him.The story ends on the possibility of a HEA as the men celebrate Christmas together with little Angus. This is a nice, short audiobook story, very well narrated by K.C. Kelly.I recommend it to those who love a story about men with children, fans of Andrew Grey and, of course, those who enjoy a sweet holiday romance. 3.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Life can definitely hand out some surprises and for Larry that's just what's happened in the past few months. He's a financial advisor and when his sister was killed in a car accident, she left the raising of her son, Angus, to Larry. He is doing the best he can, but basically he feels like he hasn't got a clue most of the time. He doesn't know that most parents feel that way, and Larry just wants the very best for Angus. In preparation for Larry's annual Christmas party he holds at his home for Life can definitely hand out some surprises and for Larry that's just what's happened in the past few months. He's a financial advisor and when his sister was killed in a car accident, she left the raising of her son, Angus, to Larry. He is doing the best he can, but basically he feels like he hasn't got a clue most of the time. He doesn't know that most parents feel that way, and Larry just wants the very best for Angus. In preparation for Larry's annual Christmas party he holds at his home for friends and clients, Larry takes Angus to rent a tuxedo for the evening and they meet Joshua. Angus responds to Joshua more than he has anyone else, except for Larry, since his mom died, so when Angus asks if Joshua can come to the party, of course Larry invites him. The fact that Larry finds Joshua attractive has nothing to do with wanting to see him again. The party is a hit, and the attraction between Larry and Joshua heats up when the guests leave. Can Larry figure out how to have a healthy relationship when he's been used in the past, and still have all the time he needs with Angus? Can Joshua help Larry to see how great they could be together and what a nice family they could all be? This was a nice story that reminded me that family and love are way more important than gifts. A good one, Andrew! NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anke

    Nothing much to say about it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

    I know I've said this more than once, but it's so true and deserves repeating; I'm always delighted to pick up an Andrew Grey book. He entertains with a realistic approach to genuine life situations and makes sure the characters are thoroughly introduced before he allows any hanky-panky to develop, and then it's usually a matter of love making as opposed to just plain happenstance sex. This realism keeps me turning the pages, causing me to feel like I'm existing alongside the characters as if Mr I know I've said this more than once, but it's so true and deserves repeating; I'm always delighted to pick up an Andrew Grey book. He entertains with a realistic approach to genuine life situations and makes sure the characters are thoroughly introduced before he allows any hanky-panky to develop, and then it's usually a matter of love making as opposed to just plain happenstance sex. This realism keeps me turning the pages, causing me to feel like I'm existing alongside the characters as if Mr. Grey had deliberately written me into the story. So make yourself a coffee, a hot toddy or my personal favorite, a tall glass of OJ straight up; sit back, relax and enjoy this delightful little Christmas tale of tails. Oh, and don't forget the tissues.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelby P

    This wasn't as heartwarming as I thought it would be. Not quite sure what was it about Joshua that Angus just gravitated to. Had he not met any other adults in the four months he was living with Uncle Larry? Now if Joshua was dressed up as an elf or Santa or something I could see it. I guess I just didn't buy the connection between any of the guys.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I listened to audiobook version of this story and really enjoyed it. The story was good and the narrator, K.C. Kelly, did a great job narrating it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sayletta

    Audible romance club. Very good. Was to short but sometimes we need a short book. I would love to see where these characters go. Must read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Wonderful! I loved the story. I laughed, cried, giggled, and even snorted a few times. I wouldn't mind spending more holidays with them. :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caydenspia

    My thoughts: I give it ♥♥♥♥  This must have been exactly the type of very light read I needed to get out of my book slump. Little to no angst with both men wanting to have a relationship but finding that life has a way of interfering with your plans. The plot is predictable but not boring and the interjection of men as a type of animal with all of their characters was entertaining. It dealt with deep subjects very superficially, but isn't that what we are sometimes looking for? Not a way to heal My thoughts: I give it ♥♥♥♥  This must have been exactly the type of very light read I needed to get out of my book slump. Little to no angst with both men wanting to have a relationship but finding that life has a way of interfering with your plans. The plot is predictable but not boring and the interjection of men as a type of animal with all of their characters was entertaining. It dealt with deep subjects very superficially, but isn't that what we are sometimes looking for? Not a way to heal and cope in our own lives but a story about people doing just that.

  13. 5 out of 5

    T.M. Smith

    Original e-book review December 2013… Short, Sexy and Steamy wrapped up in a pretty red bow! My three favorite colors, oh how I’ve missed you!! Larry Kincaid inherited the responsibilities of being a father to his young nephew, Angus, when his sister passed away. Every day is about going through the motions with Larry thinking of what is best for Angus. All that changes when he takes Angus to a local shop to get a tux for their annual Christmas party. Angus is immediately enamoured with the shop w Original e-book review December 2013… Short, Sexy and Steamy wrapped up in a pretty red bow! My three favorite colors, oh how I’ve missed you!! Larry Kincaid inherited the responsibilities of being a father to his young nephew, Angus, when his sister passed away. Every day is about going through the motions with Larry thinking of what is best for Angus. All that changes when he takes Angus to a local shop to get a tux for their annual Christmas party. Angus is immediately enamoured with the shop worker, Joshua Langdon, as is uncle Larry. Circumstance leads Larry to invite Josh to the Christmas party, and the two share a very heated, very passionate night for an after party. But when Josh leaves in the night without so much as a word or a note, Larry is hurt. A past relationship that went bad left a sour taste in Larry’s mouth and he jumps to conclusions about why Josh left, then refuses to hear his explanation. As fate would have it the two meet again by chance, shopping for Christmas trees. Can Larry let go of the past, be a father to Angus and have a relationship with Josh? Trademark Andrew Grey with the perfect plot and precise character development. The flow from start to finish was steady and graceful. Larry is a lion when it comes to his role as a father figure and his business, but when it becomes more personal with Josh, he acts like an unsteady kitten. Until Josh calls him out on it, and then it’s on! What he has to do is find a balance between being Angus’s father and Josh’s lover. This book seriously made me laugh, cry and swoon. If you’re looking for a fun Holiday read that is equal parts sexy and sweet, then this is the book for you. Updated Audio review December 2014… I do love when a narrator can take a story I’ve already read and enjoyed and add just that little something more to it. There were actually little things in the story that I either missed or just didn’t quite catch when I read it, or perhaps Kelly’s rendition of the written word just brought something new to it. Larry lost his sister and became the sole guardian to his young nephew and he constantly worries that he can’t give little Angus what he needs. Josh sees the man that Larry truly is. A fiercely loyal, strong single father, and the perfect partner for him. Through Christmas parties, fancy suits and decorating trees these two men fall in love and show a promise of becoming a family. Kelly took Grey’s words and told them in a way that expanded an already fantastic story. Like I said before… Short, Sexy and Steamy! The perfect companion to the written work. * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

  14. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    What a cute Christmas story! It has everything from a tough guy suddenly having to change his comfortable life so he can raise hos dead sister's nephew, to newly blossoming romance, to a love interest who doesn't allow himself to be walked over. Oh, and the kid in question? Totally adorable. This story is a great example of the holidays bringing out the best in people. Neither of the two heroes is perfect, they both make mistakes, but you know what? They learn from them and move on. Perfect! Larr What a cute Christmas story! It has everything from a tough guy suddenly having to change his comfortable life so he can raise hos dead sister's nephew, to newly blossoming romance, to a love interest who doesn't allow himself to be walked over. Oh, and the kid in question? Totally adorable. This story is a great example of the holidays bringing out the best in people. Neither of the two heroes is perfect, they both make mistakes, but you know what? They learn from them and move on. Perfect! Larry used to have a great life - he is a financial adviser who pretty much writes his own ticket, wealthy, and well-regarded by his colleagues and clients. He is used to doing as he pleases, so when he suddenly adds five-year-old Angus to his life, he still reels from the impact a few months later. And with Christmas coming up and Angus wanting nothing from Santa other than his mommy back - yeah, Larry is overwhelmed. But being Larry, he soldiers on as best he can and nobody is going to get in he way. I smiled, because as soon as Joshua appears, I could see where that plan was going... exactly nowhere! Joshua isn't too badly off, but he has to work a second job at a clothing rental store if he wants any spending money. That's where he meets Larry and Angus looking for a tuxedo to rent for Angus to wear at Larry's big Christmas party. Joshua is clearly attracted to Larry, and Angus seems to like him at first sight, so he is invited to the big party and things develop from there. Joshua doesn't take no for an answer, and when he messes up, he fears the worst but still doesn't give up. A man after my own heart! If you like sweet stories about men who think they know what they want and have it all panned out - only to discover life doesn't always work that ay, if you enjoy reading about kids having to adjust to drastically changed circumstances, and if you're looking for a sweet, funny Christmas read, then you will probably like this novella. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    Please leave comments on Lady McNeill's 5 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... “Is this what you wanted?” Larry asked, leaning close, his lips right near Joshua’s ear. “Because you wanted the lion, and unless you say so now, this lion is going to fuck you into oblivion.” A Lion in Tails by Andrew Grey was a super sweet holiday novella. I’m sure you’re wondering how I can say sweet when my favorite quote is far from sweet, but I can assure you the scene around that quote wa Please leave comments on Lady McNeill's 5 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... “Is this what you wanted?” Larry asked, leaning close, his lips right near Joshua’s ear. “Because you wanted the lion, and unless you say so now, this lion is going to fuck you into oblivion.” A Lion in Tails by Andrew Grey was a super sweet holiday novella. I’m sure you’re wondering how I can say sweet when my favorite quote is far from sweet, but I can assure you the scene around that quote was a favorite of mine. Larry Kincaid is now raising his nephew after Larry’s sister has died. He’s doing a pretty good job of it but it isn’t easy. Larry does seem a little awkward to me around Angus, his cute young nephew, but he is really trying to step in as a parent. Now it is the holidays and they are both struggling with the changes. For Larry he’s normally in full holiday swing getting ready for his large annual party, which is quite the formal affair. And poor Angus, no longer having his home, mom or any of his old traditions at the holidays. As they go to rent tuxes for the party, Larry meets Joshua. Angus takes an instant liking to Joshua who clearly has a way with kids. Eventually, Joshua is invited to Larry’s party and after the party ends sparks fly. The two of them are super hot and it turns into a quite the night. Unfortunately there are some hurt feelings from some unintentional actions. The story, while short, takes us through the initial stages of Larry and Joshua’s relationship. I love that Joshua compares Larry to a Lion and to me Joshua is the lion tamer. They make a really cute couple and the novella ends with a really satisfying HFN.

  16. 5 out of 5

    multitaskingmomma

    Original Blog Post: http://headouttheoven.blogspot.com/20... No matter how Larry may deny it, he is miserable. He had just lost his beloved sister and now, he has to make sure his nephew, Angus, get the loving home he deserves and get over his mother's death. If Larry cannot get over it, how is this sweet, little boy going to do so? Out on a tux-to-rent trip, they meet Joshua. Joshua is a man who is satisfied with life. So yes, he may not be very rich, but he does have friends who count, two jobs Original Blog Post: http://headouttheoven.blogspot.com/20... No matter how Larry may deny it, he is miserable. He had just lost his beloved sister and now, he has to make sure his nephew, Angus, get the loving home he deserves and get over his mother's death. If Larry cannot get over it, how is this sweet, little boy going to do so? Out on a tux-to-rent trip, they meet Joshua. Joshua is a man who is satisfied with life. So yes, he may not be very rich, but he does have friends who count, two jobs that provide him with his needs, and the chance to meet people. When he meets the unlikely pair of uncle and nephew in Larry and Angus, not only does he fall for the little boy but for Larry as well. Thing is, Larry is a prickly lion. Much like a lion with a thorn in his paw. So as that old tale went, it takes a special individual to take a lion's paw, dress it, and become friends for life. And just like Apion's tale, Joshua is that special someone. In this case, he cares not only for the lion in Larry, but for the cub in Angus. This was such a sweet tale that is typical of Andrew Grey's stories. He never gives too much angst, but just enough to set the story on the right track. His men are men. The dialogues may come out cheesy at times, but then again, with a story such as this one, it is the only way to go. As this is set in the Christmas Holidays, it was perfect. Another amazing Grey tale. Highly recommended for the holidays. Great read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews. 4.5 stars One thing I love about the holiday season is Dreamspinner Press’ Advent Collection. And one of the first stories I look for in each collection is Andrew Grey’s addition. This year’s collection is entitled Heartwarming, and it’s the perfect description for Grey’s A Lion in Tails. Not only did I fall for Larry and Josh, I completely fell head over heels for Angus. Larry is a fish out of water. His world is shaken with the loss o This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews. 4.5 stars One thing I love about the holiday season is Dreamspinner Press’ Advent Collection. And one of the first stories I look for in each collection is Andrew Grey’s addition. This year’s collection is entitled Heartwarming, and it’s the perfect description for Grey’s A Lion in Tails. Not only did I fall for Larry and Josh, I completely fell head over heels for Angus. Larry is a fish out of water. His world is shaken with the loss of his sister and the new addition to his household. He’s doing his best, but he doesn’t feel like his best is enough. Josh describes Larry as a lion – growly, strong, dominant – but Josh is also very strong. He’s headstrong, confident, and patient. They’re a great pair. Larry is stubborn and unforgiving. And Josh is patient and understanding. And Angus…well, Angus is quite possibly the most precious five-year old. His story is heartbreaking and hopeful. And the kid will leave you with a smile on your face. Read Crissy's review in its entirety here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Marie

    I was really interested in this book because I have read others by the author in the past, but not this one. So when the opportunity to do an audio review for it arose, I quickly jumped on the chance to do so. I thought the story was a good one, it felt rushed at times, but it was still an enjoyable story for me personally. I would more classify this as a rainy day read; one that you read while under a blanket on a cold rainy day. I think that Mr. Grey did a good job with the story and keeping i I was really interested in this book because I have read others by the author in the past, but not this one. So when the opportunity to do an audio review for it arose, I quickly jumped on the chance to do so. I thought the story was a good one, it felt rushed at times, but it was still an enjoyable story for me personally. I would more classify this as a rainy day read; one that you read while under a blanket on a cold rainy day. I think that Mr. Grey did a good job with the story and keeping it interesting without adding a lot of extra details in it. The story did flow easily and was just one that I did like. While I enjoyed the story itself, I felt as though the narrator wasn’t the right fit for the book. There were several times when I debated just turning off the audio because I just couldn’t seem to get into his reading of the story. I will be giving audio’s another shot in the future, but I don’t feel as though this narrator is one that I will listen to again. If I was just rating solely on the book, this would be a solid 4 star book for me. However, taking the narrator into consideration, it is a 3 star overall. Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    Originally from the 2013 Advent Calendar Series by Dreamspinner, this is a short, sweet Holiday story about a single “dad”, Uncle Larry who ends up raising his nephew after his only sister dies in a car crash. He meets a very cute, very single Joshua at the Tux shop where he and his nephew, Angus, are renting clothes for Larry’s big party. Though Larry is afraid of including someone new to his and Angus’ life, Joshua is pretty irresistible. ** Due to the story’s brevity, there’s not much relationsh Originally from the 2013 Advent Calendar Series by Dreamspinner, this is a short, sweet Holiday story about a single “dad”, Uncle Larry who ends up raising his nephew after his only sister dies in a car crash. He meets a very cute, very single Joshua at the Tux shop where he and his nephew, Angus, are renting clothes for Larry’s big party. Though Larry is afraid of including someone new to his and Angus’ life, Joshua is pretty irresistible. ** Due to the story’s brevity, there’s not much relationship building, so this is more of a look at the beginning of a relationship, than anything else. There’s very little angst, a bit of hot smexy times and a lovely HFN/epilogue for our guys! 4 of 5 stars Audio KC Kelly does a great job with this. I love his “kids” voices and Angus is adorable! There isn’t much different between Joshua or Larry and I kind of wanted Joshua to be a bit “younger” sounding. However, he’s an easy narrator to fall into and definitely gives deep emotion to this light, sweet story. 4 of 5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*

    This is the story of Larry, who's been taking care of his nephew, Angus, since his sister died a few months ago. Both Larry and Angus are still adjusting to the new changes in their lives and missing Angus' mom. It's a sweet story of how Joshua swoops in and makes things brighter for both man and boy. I adored this story and the way that Joshua was able to heal both Larry and Angus. It was cute the way that Angus attached himself so much to Joshua and how Joshua broke down the walls that Larry h This is the story of Larry, who's been taking care of his nephew, Angus, since his sister died a few months ago. Both Larry and Angus are still adjusting to the new changes in their lives and missing Angus' mom. It's a sweet story of how Joshua swoops in and makes things brighter for both man and boy. I adored this story and the way that Joshua was able to heal both Larry and Angus. It was cute the way that Angus attached himself so much to Joshua and how Joshua broke down the walls that Larry had around himself. At times, Angus acted much older than his five years and some of the story is glossed over, which I wish we could have seen but this was definitely a story I loved. It was sad at times but it was definitely something that put a smile on my face. Just lovely.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aine Massie

    4.5 drops, rounded up for just being such a sweet story. A Lion in Tails is, I have to tell you, my new favorite Christmas story. I love both MCs and OMG Angus is too cute for words. Larry is stuck in the tragedy that brought him Angus, the death of his sister, and isn't sure how to move forward. Angus is stuck barely talking most of the time and missing his mommy. Then in walks Joshua and turns both their worlds on their collective ears. Between coming to terms with mommy not coming back and lear 4.5 drops, rounded up for just being such a sweet story. A Lion in Tails is, I have to tell you, my new favorite Christmas story. I love both MCs and OMG Angus is too cute for words. Larry is stuck in the tragedy that brought him Angus, the death of his sister, and isn't sure how to move forward. Angus is stuck barely talking most of the time and missing his mommy. Then in walks Joshua and turns both their worlds on their collective ears. Between coming to terms with mommy not coming back and learning to look ahead, this is a story of love and hope. There was so much to this wonderfully written story that drew me in, kept me, and made me melt! If you get only one Christmas story this year, make sure it’s A Lion in Tails! It will melt your heart and warm your spirit.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yuu Sasih

    Larry is in doubt considering raising his five years old nephew, Angus, after his mom died in an accident. But then this pair of uncle and nephew met Joshua whose Angus seems to take a sudden liking--and it seems it's not only Angus. The story is so sweet and most of the time made my heart clench. I really love their chemistry though their characters are not getting much exploration--well, it was just a novella. The pace is paced up in some part and the attraction and relationship feels quite sud Larry is in doubt considering raising his five years old nephew, Angus, after his mom died in an accident. But then this pair of uncle and nephew met Joshua whose Angus seems to take a sudden liking--and it seems it's not only Angus. The story is so sweet and most of the time made my heart clench. I really love their chemistry though their characters are not getting much exploration--well, it was just a novella. The pace is paced up in some part and the attraction and relationship feels quite sudden, while still maintaining its sweetness. Angus' character is quite inconsistent, too--few times he talked like he's over five. But all in all, it's a nice story about family.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Sweet meet-cute story about Uncle Larry who has custody of his nephew Angus after Larry's sister is killed in an auto accident. His world is in flux as he tries to keep a sense of normalcy around the holidays and he second guesses all that he is doing with and for Angus. They meet Joshua when they go to rent a tux for Angus for Christmas. Larry and Joshua are attracted to one another, Angus comes out of his shell for Joshua, but there are misunderstandings and enough stubborn-mannery moments to Sweet meet-cute story about Uncle Larry who has custody of his nephew Angus after Larry's sister is killed in an auto accident. His world is in flux as he tries to keep a sense of normalcy around the holidays and he second guesses all that he is doing with and for Angus. They meet Joshua when they go to rent a tux for Angus for Christmas. Larry and Joshua are attracted to one another, Angus comes out of his shell for Joshua, but there are misunderstandings and enough stubborn-mannery moments to keep the HEA from coming too quickly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    mw138

    Sweet love story about Larry, who has been given custody of his nephew, Angus, after his sister is killed in a car accident. Over the past four months, he has devoted most of his time to the little boy as they both grieve. When Larry and Angus meet Joshua while preparing for Larry's annual Christmas party, sparks fly between the two men. Will Larry be able to balance fatherhood with love or always wonder "what if?" This was a quick, easy and enjoyable read with very likable characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Not unenjoyable. Short. Quite short. But that is what I was wanting for a single day before going off on holiday. Not much depth to the characters, and frankly having a little boy and two men, and the boy being named Angus made me think of Two and a Half Men the entire time. (A show I don't even watch, but know the premise). I think there was a bit of insta love going on, but it wasn't horrible. All in all, I will give the author another read of one of his other works.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This started a little too matter-of-fact, like step-by-step instructions but it either quickly smoothed out or I learned to ignore it. The story was sweet, and I was well impressed with Joshua for demanding Larry tell him what he was feeling. I like guys that don't just interpret everything and end up wrong.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janie

    While I am a HUGE fan of this author, this was not one of the better ones. While it was very sweet and loving, it was lacking something that really would pull me in. I also thought that it ended way too soon. I wanted to know more about them working as a family, I wanted to hear about Angus reaction to Joshua and Larry as a couple and more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    The Novel Approach Reviews

    Larry and Angus were dragged kicking and screaming back into the world of the living by Joshua. He helped Angus start to move on and helped Larry to relate to his nephew in ways he hadn’t been able to before. See the entire 4.5 star review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/20...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    Stories with kids in the either really work for me or really, really don't, and i have to admit that this wasn't my favorite. I felt a bit at times that there was just a lot of telling, not showing, with the writing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suze

    Part of the DSP Advent Calendar short stories series - and this one ticked all those Christmas story requirements! Sweet as candy cane, got Christmas trees, an orphan, mentions of angels, new families being made - and Bing Crosby!!

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