Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
I lurve Eli Easton and especially her holiday stories. She hits the sweet and angst-free nail on the head every time. Desperately Seeking Santa is no exception.
This story is technically second in a series after her 2013 book Superhero, though Desperately Seeking Santa can most definitely be read as a standalone. I hadn’t had the pleasure of reading Jordan and Owen’s story before Gabe and Mack’s and didn’t miss out on anything. (I’ve since rectified that and devoured Superhero in an afternoon – I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet!)
Desperately Seeking Santa ticked off so many boxes for me. We’ve got new adult, twink-ish journalism student (j-school rep!), gentle giant (though Mack hates that term), size difference (and a bit of size kink), learning to trust, non-jocky-athletes, coming out and more. There’s a good bit of humor, some really great slow-burn sexiness and sweet relationship building. There is no mystery for us as readers, but it’s cute watching Gabe figure out what we know from page one. He’s kind of oblivious in the most adorable way. Add in some super awesome family relationships (the relationship between Mack and his dad Jim gave me allllllll the feels… especially those that also included family friend George) and the fuzzy feel-goods of Christmas, and this book was a major win.
Desperately Seeking Santa is a must for your holiday reading list this year!
An advanced copy of this book was provided for review on OMGReads.
Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a long-distance walker. She began writing m/m romance in 2013 and has published 27 books since then. She hopes to write many more.
As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, two bulldogs, several cows, and a cat. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
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