Monday, December 11, 2017

The Storm’s Gift by A.D. Ellis – Stocking Stuffers

Snowed in together in their college dorm, two men share a quick connection that creates enough heat to spar with the blizzard outside.

Rory Blackwell plans to rejuvenate his mind and repair his battered heart after his world is shaken by an unexpected breakup. James Austin’s freshman-year plans of improving his social life crashed and burned, leaving him feeling as alone and outcast as he did back home.

One man is hurting while the other is eager to provide comfort. One is a virgin, the other experienced with other men. Both are looking forward to Winter Break, but can they take full advantage of their situation—or will the passion ignited between them fizzle out with the storm?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

As the RA of his college dormitory, and with his parents spending the holidays abroad, Rory is looking forward to spending two weeks alone, especially after his recent breakup. A storm threatens his sanctuary, as a new freshman is snowed in due to the storm.

James is studious, missing his family, and kicking himself for leaving the hardest and most arduous exam for last, which puts him in the storm's path. Unable to go home, suffering from being caught in the sleet, James is equally intimidated and awed by Rory.

The Storm's Gift was a quick read, more sexy than emotional, with an instantaneous connection. If you're looking for a short story more sex-centric than romance, between a pair of almost-strangers, without any side characters or other plot threads, I'd highly recommend this sexy romp.

This sexy little story manages to combine several college fantasies into one hot short story. James is a virgin freshman stranded in a snowstorm with Rory, his experienced senior RA. Rory is popular while James is a lonely geek.

The combination is both sweet and sexy. It’s a little bit instalove (which really doesn’t work in such a short story), but I chose to read it as a lust-fueled holiday fantasy, so I kinda ignored the emotional stuff. It’s a sexy read. There’s great chemistry between Rory and James and the storm adds intimacy and a little bit of holiday cheer.

Rory was recently dumped by his boyfriend and is looking forward to spending Christmas alone, pigging out and relaxing at his dorm. But his plans are interrupted when freshman James gets stuck in the dorms due to a storm.

It doesn't take long for two guys being stuck together to turn into two guys between the sheets. There is plenty of heat in this story and I liked seeing loner James, get something he wants. And honestly, missing Christmas with family to be stuck in a dorm with a hot guy doesn't seem like a bad idea to me and it works out pretty well for James. This is a quick, sexy read and I really enjoyed it.

I love romantic Christmas novellas, as they bring all the magic and excitement of Christmas to life with plenty of heartwarming passion.

This covers a really brief period of time, so inevitably is more lust than instalove, although there is an acknowledgement that they had noticed each other before, and that there is a chance of something in the future.

It is a very sweet and appealing storyline, with a cute plot and sexy execution. I liked both the characters, and thought that it was a fun way to get the two guys together. The fact that there might be more to their time together gave it an extra edge.

A.D. ELLIS is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana teaching alternative education in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing school-aged children, and laughing at two precocious cats. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.

She loves chocolate, wine, pizza, and naps, along with reading and writing romance. These loves don’t leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband of nearly two decades. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: The Storm’s Gift by A.D. Ellis to read and review.

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