Title: A Small Miracle Happened
Author: Mari Donne
Publisher: Loose Id.
Characters: Dan, Chris
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holiday Romance
Dan accepts an interesting new job, only to discover after he moves that he’s the only Jewish gay man in a small Midwestern town. On the first night of Hanukkah, he’s a bit homesick and very lonely. Then the mailman delivers a box containing his menorah to the wrong house.
Chris sees that misdirected package as an excuse to knock on his attractive new neighbor’s door. He doesn’t know a thing about Judaism, but he’s willing to learn, especially if it means becoming better acquainted with Dan.
Eager for company, Dan explains the meaning of the menorah and introduces Chris to less traditional amusements like a game of strip dreidel. Soon they are celebrating long into the nights with sweet, sexy fun. As Dan and Chris light a new flame each night, what started as a playful fling deepens into passion that promises to outlast the eight days of the holiday.
Mari Donne is a new author for me. I have to say that I was very impressed with her addictive storytelling ability, as well as, the obvious attraction and the emotional connection the two heroes had for one another.
I liked the true feelings these two men seemed to share with each other. Although they come from different faiths, I also appreciated how they respected each others’ beliefs as well as wanted to be there for each other during what can be a difficult time of the year.
In the end, I appreciated the underlying message this author gave throughout the story. This story left me with the feeling of hope and the eternal feelings of love and friendship that we all wish for, especially this time of year. I truly loved this story and I loved the characters. It’s definitely one of my favorite holiday stories I’ve read this year and Ms. Donne is now officially one of those authors that I’ll be reading from now on.
Reviewed By: Gabbi