Friday, December 16, 2016

ARC Review: Teddy Bears by Brandon Witt

Teddy Bears (2016 Advent Calendar - Bah Humbug)From the blurb:

Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toyshop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature.

When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.

Heather's rating: 

Gah! Don't you just love a cute and funny Brandon Witt?!

I think this is my first bathhouse Christmas book, but I was immediately into the concept! What rich fodder for a story, you know? And I could TOTALLY picture that bathhouse Santa-bear, with his hat all askew, sweaty and ready to go...

I loved the idea of a reluctant bear, like Brian. Not everyone embraces their, um, zaftig (as my people say) figures, and I liked that Brian struggled with that idea. Brian's issues were really relatable, and though there were some heavy emotions (and tears! I'm finding this a staple in Brandon's books), it didn't overwhelm the story.

My favorite parts were the funny, light ones. I loved Brian's interactions with his bathhouse coworker (loved him! I want his story next!), and I liked Brian's borderline spastic, insecure bumbling, which was really endearing. I also loved the fact that both MCs were older (40+). I mean, give me a silver fox ANY day of the week, and I'm a happy girl! James was smoking hot and wasn't 23, God bless him

This story was light, touching, funny, and dealt with things that we all go through. I think Brandon hit the nail on the head with this one.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

Enjoy, my friends!

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