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The Carpenter's Prince (2019 Advent Calendar - Homemade for the Holidays) by Jayce Ellis at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Blue-Collar Workers / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 01-December-2019

Book Blurb

Sean Edwards would do anything for his nephew, including designing the props for a children’s version of the Nutcracker. He’s ready for the long nights and weekends in the workshop—they’re part of the job, especially given the short notice. The insanely sexy head ballerino is completely unexpected, however.

All principal danseur Keni Jackson wants is to surpass last year’s performance, blow people’s socks off, and cement his place in the studio. The last thing he needs is something to shatter his carefully held control—like a cuddly carpenter who favors jazz over Tchaikovsky.

Sean and Keni are drawn to each other, but not everyone is a fan of their relationship. When Keni’s position is threatened, they have to decide whether to walk away for good, or if what they’ve found is worth fighting for.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."

Book Review

Sean Edwards, of ‘The Carpenter’s Prince’ by Jayce Ellis, has volunteered to help with the scenery for a performance of the ‘Nutcracker’ that his nephew is in. He is busy working on the props when one of the most beautiful men he has ever seen walks into the room.

Keni is angry at Sean for all the noise he is making, disturbing the ballet troupe practicing on stage. Sean apologizes, telling Keni that he thought no one would be there. Keni’s anger deflates. Since they are finished for the night Keni asks Sean to dinner. Sean declines, because he needs to finish up his work. They agree to a rain check. After some convincing by Keni, they start a relationship, but Keni spends so much time thinking about Sean that it causes him to lose focus. The director gives Keni an ultimatum: stop seeing Sean or he will be replaced. Keni doesn’t want to lose Sean, but doesn’t want to lose the opportunity to perform either. He tells Sean and asks if they can put a hold on their relationship. Sean is hurt, but has no choice but to give in.

I felt sorry for Sean and Keni being put in a no-win situation, but am happy that they were able to work things out through learning to communicate properly and a little bit of holiday magic. Thanks, Jayce, for a delightful story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 43 pges/14577 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2019
Price $1.99 ebook
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