On the fourth day of Christmas my Kindle brought to me……
I Heard Him Exclaim by Z.A. Maxfield
“Who Likes a Skinny Santa? Steve Adams’s heart hasn’t been in the Christmas spirit ever since doctors put a stent in it and ordered him to clean up his act. No longer filling out his Santa suit or allowed to make merry, he’s forgoing the holidays this year and heading to Vegas to indulge in the few vices left to him: gambling and anonymous sex.
His road trip takes a detour when he encounters Chandler Tracey, who’s just inherited guardianship of his five-year-old niece. Overwhelmed, Chandler’s on his way to deliver Poppy to his parents. But fate has other plans and, after car trouble, Chandler and Poppy accept a ride home with Steve. Though the heat between the two men is obvious, they put it on simmer while they band together to make Poppy’s Christmas as perfect as possible.
Steve soon comes to believe that while Chandler is the right person to look after Poppy, someone needs to look after Chandler. Fortunately, Steve knows just the man for the job.”
This book is also available as part of the His For The Holidays anthology. For some reason this is one of my favorite stories from this anthology. I tend to read it over and over when I am in a Christmas mood. You can feel Steve and Chandler’s connection right from the get go. You can feel the love. This is a story is shorter than I would like it to be, but I have to say there is alot in that happens. I would love to see this expanded. See what happens after Christmas. If you find you cannot get yourself in the Holiday mood, read this story and see how fast Steve’s family can get you there.