Book Reviews

Of Printers and Presents by Asta Idonea at NineStar Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-November-2017

Book Blurb

Colleagues Ford and Vaughan have long admired each other from afar, but Vaughan’s shyness and Ford’s emotional hang-ups have meant that neither has made a move. That all changes when they draw each other’s name in the office Secret Santa.

Book Review

Two hesitant men, an office setting, and holiday spirit mix well in this short, sweet romance where the Secret Santa event provides an opportunity for both men to make a move neither of them might have made on their own volition for quite some time to come. After all, they have already worked for the same company for two years and nothing has happened so far…

Vaughan is quiet, shy, and the last thing he wants is anyone’s attention. Except, possibly, Ford’s. But he has no idea how to go about it, thinks Ford is out of his league anyway, and what if they don’t get along or break up? But he cannot stop wishing for more, so when he draws Ford’s name for the office Secret Santa, he decides to get him the perfect gift. Considering the fact that he has religiously followed Ford on social media for two years, he has a pretty good idea what the man of his dreams likes.

Ford comes from a high-powered job with lots of stress, and was pretty much bullied out of it a while ago. Taking care of the printers and any other tasks no one else wants to do is exactly the kind of work that allows him to make a living without all the aggravation. His self-confidence has taken a hit to the point where he thinks that stable, orderly Vaughan would never be interested in him – not that this stops him from looking for exactly the right office-Santa-gift for the man he’d love to get to know better.

The angst while each man considers his gift choices, the final reveal during the company Christmas party, and the guessing about who might have been the Secret Santa are very well done. The agony of whether or not to contact each other to express gratitude for the perfect gift keeps both men busy for weeks, and the final reveal and what follows had me uttering a sigh of relief. Talk about shy – in this case it went both ways and almost ruined everything.

If you like romances where the main characters admire each other from afar until Fate (or in this case Santa) gives them a nudge toward happiness, if you want to find out how Mr. Shy and Mr. I’m-Not-Interesting do once they realize their interest in each other, and if you’re looking for a sweet read with lots of holiday feelings, then you will probably like this cute short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 23 pages/6900 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-November-2017
Price $0.99 ebook
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