Book Reviews

A Present for Daddy by J.M. Snyder at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Barb Manning on 12-January-2013

Book Blurb

Six months after his wife leaves him, Bob Jansen finds himself spending the holidays with his parents in the town where he grew up. With him is his seven year old daughter, Jenna, who sometimes seems to be handling her mother's absence better than Bob is himself. But he's worried that, in her letter to Santa, Jenna has asked the jolly old elf for something Bob knows he can't pull off. He's afraid she wants her mother back for the holiday.

While shopping for his daughter's Christmas presents, Bob runs into Dave Knarr, an old friend. They used to be best buds in high school, before Julia, Bob's soon-to-be ex-wife, came between them. The two men catch up over drinks, and before the evening ends, Dave makes his real feelings for Bob known.

If Bob is shocked to learn Dave has always been attracted to him, he's more surprised by his own reaction. Even if he's willing to take another shot at romance, what will his daughter think of his old friend?

Book Review

A Present for Daddy is a sweet little story by J.M. Snyder about finding a new beginning in old places and old relationships. Bob Jansen comes home with his seven-year-old daughter, Jenna, to try to start his life over, six months after his wife, Julia, leaves him. He’s living with his parents and planning for Jenna’s first Christmas without her mother.

While out shopping for presents Bob stumbles upon his old friend, Dave Knarr. There’s an old history between Bob and Dave; one of growing up safe and secure in a small town. There’s also a history that Bob is unaware of–Dave is gay and for years he’s been in love with Bob.

Snyder uses the magic of Christmas to reconnect these two men in a new and romantic way. Both Bob and Dave are great characters and Jenna is a little charmer. A Present for Daddy shows what can happen when you open your mind to new and different possibilities. It’s not hard to like this short, heart-warming story.

I like the way Snyder handles Bob’s recognition of his budding attraction to Dave, as well as the fact that although A Present for Daddy is a short novel, they don’t rush into bed with each other. From the first tentative kiss from Dave to the moment they realize the depth of their feelings, A Present for Daddy is a fun read.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 17195 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-December-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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