Release Day Review by Gillian: A Christmas for Oscar, by Alex Whitehall

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A Christmas For Oscar, by Alex Whitehall
Published By: Ninestar Press
Release Date: December 19, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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whitehall-christmas-oscarOscar has never liked the holidays and all the surrounding rigmarole, but that doesn’t stop his best friend from dragging him along for her Black Friday shopping spree. The only perk of the day is that he meets Nathan while he’s there.

With sparkling blue eyes, curly blond hair, and a smile that won’t stop, Nathan is a Christmas elf in the flesh. He even spends his days in a workshop! But Nathan is more than his bright smile, and he may be just the right person for Oscar. Assuming, of course, Oscar doesn’t drive him and his holiday spirit away first.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary
Holiday (Christmas)
Hurt/Comfort
Novella

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Oscar hates Christmas.

He hated the mentality of the shoppers, the crowds, the nasty attitudes, everything. The rest of the year he could concede that purchases were a necessary evil. But at Christmas…well, he had his reasons.

The last thing he expects while reluctantly struggling through a sea of Black Friday shoppers to meet and fall for an elf. Or rather for gorgeous, blonde Nathan, a man who loves the holidays so much he dons an elf hat and works a retail job from Black Friday to Christmas Eve every year.

The two are compatible in every way, except for their approach to the holidays. Oscar would rather skip Christmas, whereas Nathan practically has a real life workshop. But there’s an instant attraction between the two that can’t be denied. Unfortunately, Oscar’s distaste for Christmas goes beyond a dislike for rampant consumerism and if Oscar can’t tell Nathan the real reason he’d rather forget the holidays, they might crash and burn before things really get started.

I really appreciated how the author was able to give us a scrooge-like character, without making him completely obnoxious and unlikeable. In fact, grouchy Oscar is actually a very personable guy. He just happens to have some valid reasons for not liking Christmas and none of those reasons have anything to do with being a miserly bastard.

Nathan could have been an overly sweet and childlike character, given his passion for Christmas and his elfin appearance, but thankfully he’s been given a backbone and is more than capable of standing up to Oscar when Oscar’s hatred for Christmas threatens their burgeoning relationship.

Although the relationship between the two men heats up rather quickly (as relationships in short stories are prone to doing), it still feels pretty natural. It’s also extremely hot and sexy, and the chemistry between them is dirty and sweet. In other words, they’re naughty AND nice 🙂

I like the way Oscar’s story unfolds and the slightly tragic reason for his anti-Christmas stance. Despite the brevity of the story, it still feels like both Oscar and Nathan get a satisfying arc.

If feelgood holiday romances are your thing, there’s a lot to love about A Christmas For Oscar. And even if you’re having a scrooge moment of your own, you might just find this the perfect mood enhancer.

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If there are two types of people in the world, Alex Whitehall probably isn’t one of them, despite being a person. Their favorite pastimes include reading, horseback riding, sleeping, watching geek-tastic television, knitting, eating, and running. And wasting time on the internet. And spending glorious afternoons laughing with friends.

While Alex prefers sleeping over doing anything else (except maybe eating), sometimes they emerges from the cave to be social and to hunt for food at the local market. They can be found blogging, searching the Internet for more books to read, and tending after their aloe plant Cornwall. That’s a lie; the single plant has become an entire forest.

Pronouns: they/them

You can purchase A Christmas For Oscar from:

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Amazon (US)
Amazon (UK)
Kobo
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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