Reece is a practical, orderly man; a financial analyst who considers most holiday events wasteful. But his sister coerces him into standing in line overnight for this year's must-have toy. Supplies prove smaller than expected, and Reece gets trampled in the resulting stampede. Toy store manager Angel tends to Reece's wounds. When Angel discovers Reece's cynical attitude, he invites Reece to spend Christmas Eve with him. Over the course of the day, Angel shows Reece what Christmas means to him. With Angel's guidance, maybe Reece can finally understand the joy of the holiday - and maybe even find love as well.
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A new addition to my Xmas Audio Book Playlist
When a Christmas toy crazy mob stampedes over Reece, he is totally out of his comfort zone. His sister, now a single mom, has bullied her dry,order and number loving brother into queueing all night in front of the store to get the most wanted toy for his nephew. Reece is patched up by the cute store manager Angel, who cannot let the holiday resenting man walk away. Instead Angel takes Reece on his annual Christmas Eve round and tries to show the cynical man that Christmas not only is a commercial trap but also means joy, happiness and maybe even a chance for love.
In this short story Kim Fielding has thrown together two men, who couldn`t be more opposite. Reece, the analytical, sober mind and Angel, the warm and soft-spoken one, and not to forget determined. I admire his energy and patience not to give up on grouchy Reece but continue to pull him along all afternoon. For Angel I felt a bit sorry though. Poor guy being baptised with such a name and certainly having gone through lots of jokes and bullies as a kid himself.
Alex Freeman`s voice goes through all nuances bringing unromantic, sceptical Reece alive. The scene in front of the toy store was so comical with runned over Reece sounding so incredulously disbelieving, it made me laugh out loud. Angel, in his heart never fully grown up, was portrayed kind and endlessly patient. Maybe the story had been too short and too fast, as I couldn`t feel much of the chemistry between both men. Still a funny, lovely story with two likable MC s and an end that brought everything together nicely and left me with a satisfied smile.