When David Merrow is given the task of finding a suitable soup kitchen so his company can improve their PR, he realizes he needs help. He turns to Jason Garton, the owner of the coffee house that David visits every morning. Funny how it took David so long to notice all the food and beverages Jason gives away to the homeless. Because until then, Jason had been almost invisible.
But the more David learns about him, the more intrigued he becomes. There’s something about the selfless, lonely older man that pulls David in, and what began as work becomes so much more.
I'm starting to feel a little bit like Ebenezer Scrooge. I don't have anything particular against Christmas, or anything, but this Christmas story kind of fell flat for me. Saving Jason was ok, but I never really warmed to either MC. Their interactions felt stilted, and though I understand Jason's awkwardness stemmed from his inexperience, it failed to hold my interest. Everything just felt saccharine and superficial.
Jason, who is 45, only came out a few years ago, but then again he's not really out when the story begins. He had told a couple key people, but he never moved beyond being gay 'in concept' because of his guilt and depression over living a lie for so long. He spends pretty much all his time running his coffee shop and volunteering at a local soup kitchen. And David, who is much younger, hasn't really spent much time on the dating scene, either. So they were both trying to feel things out and I got bored watching them dance around each other.
I liked the focus on the homeless and how invisible they often are to all of us. I liked that Jason really cared. And through Jason, David also saw the city in a new light and started volunteering, as well. I thought that the story had potential, and parts of it really were sweet, but it just didn't wow me.
Review copy of Saving Jason was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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