Author: Drew Marvin Frayne
Publisher: NineStar Press
Genre: Mm Holiday
Summary: Working on Christmas Eve—no fun. Working a double shift on Christmas Eve? Even less fun. But working a double shift on Christmas Eve in a hotel with two guests? For Jason Martin, it was a recipe for a long, dull holiday. But then a power outage at the local airport sends a bus filled with people to Jason’s hotel. Alone, Jason not only has to attend to his guests, he has to save Christmas for a group of weary and grouchy travelers. Happily, one of the guests, a Mr. Marino, steps in to lend Jason a hand. Mr. Marino is helpful, handsome, and running right to the top of Jason’s Christmas wish list. But Jason has sworn off hotel hook-ups. And Mr. Marino will be heading out of town the next day, Christmas day. Is it worth getting involved with someone who is only staying for one night?
Review: Jason is a hotel assistant desk manager and his way of being grown up, sacrificing for others, is to work the most hellacious of shifts, the double overnight shift on Christmas Eve. The only thing is, he’s bored to tears because no one is due, nothing is happening and he has almost nine hours to go.
I was leery for a minute because of Carthage (and the description of the movie, “The part where you gouge out all the flunkies’ eyes and then freeze them in ice cube trays and then serve them back to their boss in a mojito – so classic, man” made me cringe and say “ewww” at the same time I thought, “wow, this is a movie my son would love”.
As always when you make plans, say for an extremely boring night, and you send all the other staff home to enjoy the holiday, things happen. The best part of this story is Jason – he’s truly a kind, generous person. I loved how he calmly handles things and not only makes things acceptable, he makes people happy. Then it’s even better because the people he helps, the family and Mr. Marino especially, they pay it forward and help others.
As for Mr. Marino, we don’t get a whole lot on who he is, although the WHO of who he is was pretty clear fairly soon. It’s the instant connection between them and the “…attention, the affection, the tenderness…” he gives Jason that made me happy. “It was just-just-the moment, being lost in this tender, beautiful moment.” I wanted that for Jason.
All in all, a very sweet, feel good holiday story that made me smile.