Book Reviews

Teddy Bear Christmas (2015 Advent Calendar - Sleigh Ride) by CC Bridges at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 28-December-2015

Book Blurb

Two lonely men, a lost teddy bear, and a sprinkle of holiday magic….

On a snowy night before Christmas Eve, Tyler Martin finds himself stuck in a Chicago airport, unable to get home to his family on the East Coast. After missing last year due to his jerk of an ex-boyfriend, the idea of not making it this time hurts. When he finds a lost teddy bear in the waiting area, his night changes for the better.

Aaron Klein is a bored airport worker, taking the Christmas shift because he’s Jewish. He doesn't expect to hit it off with the hot guy who brings a lost teddy bear to his desk, but it might end up being everything he didn’t know he was looking for.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".

Book Review

"There's just something about a Teddy Bear that's impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It's almost supernatural." ~James Ownby

Tyler's flight is cancelled and he's despondent, realizing that he won't be with his family for Christmas. When he finds a lost teddy bear, Tyler immediately thinks how upset the child who lost the bear must feel and makes it his mission to find teddy's owner.

Tyler soon begins to treat the teddy bear as if it were his own, anthropomorphizing it with loving and humorous results. He takes it to the information desk, hopefully to get it to the airport's lost-and-found. Tyler is really trying to help teddy get back to its child who surely must be frantic by now. There, he meets Aaron, who becomes caught up in the magic that is inherently in a teddy bear. Together the men come up with the idea of telling a story about what Teddy does during his Christmas vacation posing him at various places in the airport. It's so much fun that Aaron forgets to be bored and Tyler feels a lot less lonely. Before they realize it, Aaron and Tyler begin to see that the magic that often happens during the holidays has influenced them, making them feel like they have known each other for years. Aaron offers his guest room since there are no flights happening that day and Tyler, although wary, follows his heart and decides to take up his invitation. They have a wonderful, passionate time together and hate to see it end. When Tyler gets an early call that he can catch a flight, he leaves with regret which Aaron feels as well. Is the Christmas spirit willing to let it end, or will it continue?

It would be difficult for me not to enjoy any story with a teddy bear in it, especially one with as much personality as this particular bear. An act of kindness is rewarded with the gift of warmth and companionship between two men who otherwise would not have had it. If you like teddy bears, Christmas magic, and a cure for loneliness, then you may enjoy this story. Thank you, CC for touching my heart and making it feel warm and fuzzy.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 31 pages/9519 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2015
Price $1.99 ebook
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