Book Reviews

Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-December-2017

Book Blurb

Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.

Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.

As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?

Book Review

When ambition and the need to do the right thing collide, the outcome is less than certain. As this entertaining yet thought-provoking story shows, “telling the truth” is not necessarily the best course of action, or maybe it is that the truth, much like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder. Journalism student Gabe definitely learns a lot about himself as he explores his unexpected attraction to Mack, a senior who is on a wrestling scholarship and has more than one secret. Considering the effect his actions might have on Mack certainly bring things into perspective for Gabe, and may just teach him a little about true Christmas spirit – the kind that can be as miraculous for adults as it is for kids.

Gabe has big dreams. He wants to be an investigative journalist, an uncoverer of truth, a discoverer of dark secrets. He wants to expose evil conspiracies to the world – not write the cutesy article his editor at the newspaper he interns at during his final year in college demands. Gabe is a realist, as he would put it, but that results in him being a Grinch, as I would describe him. Meeting Mack at a college wrestling competition changes Gabe’s world, but he has a hard time suppressing his curiosity. But by the time he discovers Mack’s secrets, he is also beginning to see the value of “being nice” and “doing the right thing” without shouting to the world about it. Deciding what to do is not easy for him, but it makes him mature – a lot!

Mack is physically huge, a star wrestler, and depends on his scholarship if he wants to graduate. He has more than one secret – none of them bad, but some might hurt his chances to keep his scholarship and some might just hurt the people he loves. He does not trust easily, and once I found out what he has been through, I totally understood where he was coming from. Mack falls for Gabe almost as quickly as Gabe falls for him, but Mack is a lot more careful about opening up. He kept Gabe (and me) in suspense almost until the very end of the book, but Gabe did not exactly make it easy for him.

I love Eli’s work with its sensitivity, humor, and the kind of romance that begins super-quietly, doesn’t seem to stand a chance, yet always somehow finds a way. Eli is a master at the kind of slow build that seems to almost surprise the guys involved, yet has me at the edge of my seat, egging them on, almost from the first time they meet. Gabe and Mack face quite a lot of obstacles of the emotional kind, and I loved watching the young men conquer them one by one. Where Gabe has to learn the value of empathy even for a journalist who is out to tell the truth, Mack has to figure out how to trust someone he has not known for all that long. While Gabe needs to curb his curiosity, at least temporarily, if he wants to get closer to Mack (and boy, does he want to!), Mack has to open up about his past and some of his secrets if he wants to have the kind of relationship he has always dreamed about yet never thought he could have.

If you like Christmas romances where the characters face a real struggle and are in dire need of a Christmas miracle to make things work, if a curious, open future journalist, and a strong, withdrawn college wrestler getting together pique your interest, and if you’re looking for a fantastic read that is suspenseful, entertaining, sweet, and full of miraculous goodness, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s totally adorable and very cute!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 200 pages/50000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-November-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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