Rating: 3.75 stars
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Length: Novella

For Christmas, 10-year old Bianca only wants one thing: for her dad, Gavin, to find a boyfriend. Gavin has been a single dad since he married his pregnant best friend after one night of drunken foolishness, and she then died in a car accident two years later. He works long hours to support his daughter, but is always happy to return to his home, Bianca, and his best friend, Curtis. Gavin and Curtis met on the elevator to their apartment building a couple of years ago, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Curtis loves Bianca almost as much as Gavin, so when Bianca comes up with a plan to find her dad a boyfriend by the holidays, he reluctantly agrees to help her. Curtis is straight, and while he’s never had a relationship that lasted very long or had a sexual experience that he particularly enjoyed, he’s hoping that the wife and kids are in his future. He knows that Gavin loves him but Curtis can’t reciprocate, so he decides the best thing to do is to stay away from Gavin and hope he finds love with someone else. Bianca’s plan is a good one, right?

This was a short and very sweet holiday story. Bianca is precocious and determined and Gavin is no match for her wily plans. The story is predictable, but makes you feel good nonetheless. Handsome and charming, Gavin and Curtis have an invaluable friendship and a chemistry that is fun to read. The holiday setting made me want to grab a cup of hot chocolate and settle in for this pleasant read.

There’s nothing very original about the story or the characters, however. This is a typical straight guy in denial plot, with a few static, unlikable characters thrown in to make the straight guy realize that he has some unexpected feelings. Each of Gavin’s potential boyfriends seemed a caricature of bad behavior, so there wasn’t much tension or conflict to add some interest to the otherwise mild plot.

There’s nothing revolutionary happening here, but it will make you feel good to read about a family brought together for the holidays. And a mug of hot chocolate is never a bad idea.

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