Book Reviews

Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by B.G. Thomas at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-December-2013

Book Blurb

Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George.

Nick is a very unhappy man—he's achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won't deter him. That's when he found Kit.

At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit's personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".

Book Review

If 'Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf' is a typical example of the writing style of B.G. Thomas, then I will definitely be reading more of this author's work. He has incorporated two of my favorite types of characters, the grumpy curmudgeon, and the young, flamboyantly gay man. He has mixed them together on Christmas Eve, stuck driving together in horrible snow and sleet conditions, and shaken them up a bit to see what comes of the mixing. Ahhhh, such fun!

Nick is a thirty-two year old businessman. A rather uptight businessman, if you ask me. Nick is the kind of man who doesn't go to gay pride events. Why should he? Straight people don't have pride days. Ridiculous concept. He despises outlandishly gay men for perpetuating the stereotypes and people with silly nicknames. So when he meets Kit (short for Kitten, because his sister couldn't pronounce Keaton), and he's wearing a giant elf hat and rhinestones on his jeans, it's a wonder Nick actually agrees to give him a ride since Kit's car broke down. It's sort of incredible what can happen when two different people are stuck in an adventure together. Kit starts to break down some of Nick's reserves and Nick looks at Kit a whole lot differently.

Interestingly enough, Nick and Kit have a very common ground. Art. Nick is an art dealer with a well known gallery in New York, and Kit is in his final classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Fate? Kismet? It was funny to watch Nick realize that all these things he "professed" to hate, were really things his wealthy and standoffish parents had hated. Since they kicked Nick out at twenty-two for being gay, it didn't matter what they thought or felt so why had he hobbled himself all these years? Kit reminded him of hope, of optimism, of joy, and of love.

This is a great Christmas story. I enjoyed watching the dynamic between these two men and the changes they each brought to the other. A newfound peace within himself for Nick and a touch of maturity and confidence for Kit. Thank you, B.G., for great characters and a lovely story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 95 pages/23130 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2013
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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