Mall Santas aren’t supposed to be hot.
Hunter Adams is hopelessly adrift after college. He’s still a virgin, can’t find a real job, and has no clue what to do with his life. In desperation, he returns to his humiliating old job as an elf at the Santa's Village in his hometown's dying mall. The Santa on the job is an unexpectedly sexy lumberjack, twice Hunter's size and age. He makes Hunter feel very naughty—too bad he's grumpy and intimidating.
Years after the tragic death of his partner, Nick Spini has his beagle and long, hard days on his Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty. But he can’t refuse a loyal friend’s plea for help and finds himself filling in as Santa at the local mall. Despite Nick's attempt to stay aloof, the beautiful, anxious young man playing elf brings out his long-dormant daddy instincts.
When a surprise blizzard traps them alone in Nick’s isolated forest home, their attraction burns even brighter. Will they surrender to the sizzling connection between them and find the release and comfort they crave?
Santa Daddy is a holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, steamy m/m first times, daddy role-playing and light spanking, Christmas romance feels, and of course a happy ending.
Hunter Adams returns home for the holiday with a degree and no real job he plays elf one last time for the closing mall. Nick Spini is a bit of a hermit with a tree farm who is roped in by his friend to play Santa before the mall closes for good. When Santa and elf meet, its not exactly cute or super friendly but the attraction is definitely there. Will Hunter and Nick find happiness over the holiday or will their holiday desires be just that, a holiday fling?
I'm going to start out by saying that daddy kink is, well I can't say it is outside my comfort zone because I really don't have a comfort zone, I'll read anything and everything but to be honest daddy kink is not something I typically go looking for but if it is in a story I think sounds interesting then that's fine. So, I don't have a lot of experience in the genre to speak to the accuracy of the depiction but I would have to say Keira Andrews does a pretty darn good job with Hunter and Nick's desires.
As for Hunter and Nick, I love the connection between the two and despite the extra heat of the trope of daddy kink, Santa Daddy is at heart a gem of a holiday rom-com. That is not to say there isn't some drama but for the most part this is heartwarming story of discovery. I don't want to give anything away but I will say one of my favorite moments is when Hunter tells Nick that he may be daddy in the bedroom but not the rest of the time. That scene really spoke volumes to me because, yes, Hunter feels lost in the job/employment area and yes, he's younger than Nick but he's not willing to be a pushover. He may not realize that having a "real job" doesn't have to mean office but he won't let Nick's fears push him away without a fight.
That's probably more spoilers than I really wanted to touch on but we all know it'll be a HEA, however the real "meat-and-potatoes" part of the story is in the journey getting from point A to point Z. Santa Daddy has a way of sucking you in until you won't want to put it down till you reach the last page and once you do, you'll probably wish you read it slower to savor this Christmas treat. Whether you decide to file it under rom-com, May/December, daddy kink/adult, or just simply holiday romance doesn't really matter because in the end you will have read an entertainingly fun and romantic story and personally I can't ask for more.
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”