The Heart of St. Nick by A.D. Ellis

Sweet, steamy small town holiday romance - if that's what you want, than look no further than The Heart of St. Nick

From the blurb:

Hayden Green is the epitome of a cheery, generous, small-town guy. He keeps himself busy in a tiny railroad town tucked in the hills of the Midwest by helping others. If he also finds himself wishing for a tall, dark, and handsome man to waltz into town and sweep him off his feet, who can blame him?

Gannon Snow closed himself off to emotions and connections a long time ago. He’ll head back to his late grandfather’s beloved holiday town, but only to sell the old man’s house and store. He has his own business to run and no time for feelings. Much to his chagrin, Gannon gets caught up in nostalgia and finds himself mesmerized by a happy little holiday helper.

Hayden and Gannon share an instant connection, but Gannon isn’t staying and Hayden isn’t keen on a broken heart. However, the universe—and maybe some holiday magic, which Gannon most definitely doesn’t believe in—has a different plan, and the men find themselves smack dab in the middle of a small-town Christmas romance.

**The Heart of St. Nick is a steamy, forced proximity, small-town M/M holiday romance with a slight age gap between a bowtie and suspender-wearing good guy and an emotionally-stunted man with a cold heart just waiting to be melted.**

Heather's Review:

I don't typically like a trope where the characters call out the tropes as they go, or where they read the author's previous books as part of the plotline, but A.D. Ellis takes the Hallmark movie-style small town trope, throws in some forced proximity, takes it down to only one bed and throws in a childhood crush, some holiday magic and a grumpy/sunshine age gap and in this case it works...

This book combines holiday super-sweetness with a slow build, a dollop of steam and the requisite finding oneself and opening the grumpy heart to love and possibilities of a HEA.  If you're looking for a quintessential holiday romance with two men who deserve to find their person, you'll enjoy The Heart of St. Nick.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Angel's Review:

This story was so heartwarming and was the perfect thing to read! It definitely got me in the holiday magic mood even though Gannon was sort of a Grinch at first. But with hard work and determination Hayden was able to warm Gannon's heart and make him realize that feelings can be a good thing.

A.D Ellis definitely outdid themselves with this holiday story, the characters were well written and the background detail was so beautifully described I could picture this Christmas small town. I was smiling the whole time reading about Hayden's cheerfulness and his holiday spirit, I really enjoyed how the message of this book was to give to others.

This did start slow but eventually picked up pace and from there it just kept improving. I enjoyed that Gannon's character grew throughout the course of this book. He realized he wanted to and needed to changed and he took the steps to have that happen. I teared up when Gannon read his grandpa's letter, that got me choked up a bit. I enjoyed all the side characters, I wished we got more information about Ginger and Candy's relationship with Gannon's grandpa. But overall I really enjoyed reading this.

I recommend this to anyone who wants a small town romance, a cheerful and giving soul who warms up a cold heart, and a conspiring assistant who just wants what's best for her boss.

Rating: 4 Stars

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