When Daniel storms out of his mother’s house on Christmas to get away from bigoted relatives, he doesn’t fully think it through. Freezing and trudging toward town, Daniel is reluctant to take a ride from big, scary looking Axel. But Axel’s sweet demeanor wins him over, and Daniel gratefully accepts. When they spend the evening taking care of Ax’s niece, Daniel gets to see yet another side of the big man. And Daniel knows that he’s falling for Axel.
This is a quick, short read about how unexpected things can come from bad situations. I enjoyed the romanticism in this story, and it had almost a fairytale feeling. Daniel is in need of rescue, and Axel swoops in to save him. I enjoyed that Ax was unexpected in more ways than one. Daniel is a bit judgmental, and he knows it, but he’s not above apologizing when he finds out he’s wrong. The whole story was sweet.
I did find it lacking a bit of development though. I was looking for more connection between the characters. What we saw of them was nice, but I didn’t feel like they talked enough, and their emotions were too deep for how little we saw them interact. So I wanted more from them in that regard. This was a great beginning to their story, and I wanted to see them together more. I did appreciate the epilogue and seeing the glimpse of their future. I will also say that even though this book takes place on Christmas, there wasn’t a lot of holiday going on, other than a few passing mentions, and I would have liked to see a bit more.
But these guys are sweet, and there’s a certain magical feeling to the whole thing I really liked. If you’re looking for something quick and nice to round out your holiday reading, then this might be the one for you.