Tuesday, January 18, 2011


*Part of the 2010 Advent Calendar Multi-author series*
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61581-765-8
Contemporary M/M Short Novella
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! Kyle just moved from Florida to Alaska to teach at a local school and wakes up one day to a pair of chocolate brown eyes staring at him. Mariah the moose scares the pants off of Kyle but when the friendly officer, Russ, comes by to help him out with Mariah, more than sparks fly in the cold December morning. Can Mariah the moose be the matchmaker for Russ and Kyle as they explore the heat that is between them?

MARIAH THE CHRISTMAS MOOSE is a sweet story of a newly transplanted Floridian in the wilds of Alaska. Throw in cold winter weather, a hot policeman and matchmaking moose and you have got the makings of a wonderful story to enjoy. Though this is a short novella, just under fifty pages, Andrew Grey delivers his trademark writing style in a character driven story that had me at times laughing and then sighing over. Tight writing, fast paced storyline and some simmering sexual tension that literally sparks between Kyle and Russ. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but I have to admit, Mariah kind of grew on me. I never anticipated that a moose would be a potential matchmaker but it really works within this short story. It was a twist that even I didn’t see until later in the story. Mr. Grey delivers a smooth, even story that settles inside the reader like a fine wine.

Meet Kyle, a teacher who moved from Florida to Alaska and is trying to get acclimated to his new surroundings. It was as different as the night is to day and Kyle is doing his best to find his stride in his new town. Meeting Mariah the Moose had him calling the cops and in that instant, Officer Russ shows Kyle the delight in winter under Mariah’s watchful eye. I loved Kyle and Russ together. They struck a connection that even I felt while reading this latest short story from Andrew Grey. The characters were multi-dimensional and quite enjoyable. The secondary characters kept the story flowing smoothly and the simmering sexual tension between Kyle and Russ had me squirming in my seat after awhile.

MARIAH THE CHRISTMAS MOOSE is a well written story that will leave you with the spirit of Christmas inside your heart. Mr. Grey is one of my favorite authors and he definitely gets my vote in creating more stories centered on the lovable Mariah the Moose. If you are looking for a short story to heat you up on a cold winter night, then grab MARIAH THE CHRISTMAS MOOSE and settle in for reading entertainment. I look forward to seeing what else this author delivers in the future to his readers and hope it won’t be long.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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