Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Timely Gift by Kris T. Bethke – Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes the right gift can be life-changing…

On the solstice, Rory’s grandfather gives him a pocket watch that he claims will have Rory’s life sorted and his problems solved by Christmas. Rory starts out skeptical, but when he reconnects with an ex he never thought he’d see again, he has to admit there might be some holiday magic working after all.

Deacon’s life is in shambles, and he’s returned to Syracuse for a fresh start. Running into Rory again feels like much more than a coincidence, and neither of them can deny the passion between them is still smoldering. With the watch behaving oddly at just the right moments, Rory and Deacon might receive the gift of a lifetime—if they’re willing to accept it.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed the magical element of A Timely Gift. Whether it’s solstice magic or Christmas magic matters not as Rory’s enchanted pocket watch does exactly what his grandfather says it will – sort his life out by Christmas Day. While the skeptic would view Rory’s reconnecting with an ex as no more than a series of coincidences, the romantic will delight in the seemingly magical nudges that Rory’s pocket watch provides to keep the guys on track for their second chance at love together.

One of the things I really liked about this second chance romance is that Rory and Deacon’s parting was completely amicable rather than being due to a miscommunication or someone splitting them up. Because their initial relationship ended before major commitments were made, there are no hurt feelings to overcome. This lets the progress that is made in the story’s short timeline feel realistic as Rory and Deacon get caught up on one another’s lives over the past few years and discover that the spark is still there. Apollo’s mimicking abilities and Rory’s grandfather added delightful touches to an enjoyable holiday story.

KRIS T. BETHKE has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and weekend naps are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a very fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of the people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated. And she loves to hear from readers, so feel free to drop her a line.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: A Timely Gift by Kris T. Bethke to read and review.

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