Title: Nice: Christmas Magic
Author: GH Worth
Length: 8,000 words (28 pdf pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m paranormal contemporary
Being the lead designer for the Clausner Software Development Company is a dream job for Timothy Mitchell, but his desire for his sexy and unattainable boss Anthony Nicholas Clausner Jr. is slowly driving him insane. He’s tried dating other men since moving to town, but after the last date almost ended in a fist fight over being a cock tease, Timothy’s stopped trying and he doesn’t know what to do.
Since the first moment he walked into the building, Nick Clausner has watched Timothy, waiting for the months to rolls by and the days surrounding Christmas Eve to approach. It’s been some of the hardest and most frustrating months of his life and now finally the time is right to show his most important employee that with Christmas Magic swirling in the air anything is possible, and that dreams can come true.
Timothy has been crushing on his boss since he started work, however when Nick suddenly invites him into his office for a pre-Christmas drink he’s not sure what to think. After feeding Timothy (endlessly it seems – cookies, sandwiches, wine, cheese and crackers – the guy should have been in a food coma), Nick tells him he wants to be together with him and well, he’s got a bit of a confession. His Dad, Mr. CLAUSner runs a toy company. His mother Mrs. CLAUSner is totally into Christmas, making cookies and decorating Nick’s office. Uh huh.
Timothy is a bit shocked as you can imagine, but wants Nick so bad he’s soon stripped down naked and they are getting festive on the office couch, until Mom and Dad make an impromptu visit, luckily after the deed is done, to welcome their new son-in-law to the family. This story has an interesting twist on the Santa myth, with several siblings involved in various successful business enterprises that in someway furnish gifts, and the story of Nick and his family being the last of their race. There is also a mating scheme in place which I never associate with Santa. To be honest, I try not to think of sex and Santa in any way because that’s just wrong.
Of course you have to go with the flow in a paranormal and there may be a few things that make people roll their eyes like Timothy’s quickness to disrobe following Nick’s confession, but on the whole I thought the concept was fresh and appealing. So for something a bit different from the usual Christmas contemporaries, but still set in a familiar world, it would be a fun choice and I enjoyed the departure from straight contemporaries.