Review: Nell Iris – Unexpected Christmas

Author: Nell Iris
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Mm Holiday

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: All alone, caught in a blizzard—without a coat—on Christmas Day. Would you accept a ride from a huge guy looking like a serial killer?

Daniel Erickson stormed out of his family celebration after choking on his turkey served with a side of bigotry. Utterly miserable, he reluctantly lets himself be charmed by the hulk of a man and gets into his car…hoping he won’t be ax murdered.

Axel Wilson—Ax for short, unfortunately—is a sweetheart. Really. He may be badass-looking but his heart melts into goo at the mere mention of his four-year-old niece. Surely, he’s not dangerous?

Thrown together by family drama, they spend the evening getting to know each other. Axel is nothing like Daniel expected. But it doesn’t matter that he loves poetry, is gentle and patient—and hot!—Daniel is absolutely not falling in love at first sight. There’s no such thing.


Review: Daniel has been subjected to his uncle’s homophobia just one too many times with his mother not standing up for him, so he leaves the holiday celebration. Problem is, he didn’t bring his coat and it’s freezing. When a car pulls up with he’s relieved, until he sees the possible ax murderer inside. “He was huge and couldn’t hold his head upright without banging it on the ceiling.” He’s pierced and tattooed and it’s almost certain he’s some type of serial killer, right?

And so begins the education of Daniel on not being judgmental. The unfortunately named Ax is as gentle as you’d want and funny. I had to laugh sometimes because Daniel is just, well, awkward. “What’s your name?” “Why do you ask?” As soon as the words left my mouth I wanted to take them back.” We will cut him some slack because he had a bad night.

Between Ax singing Frozen and his vulnerability, I adored him. “Look, Daniel. I saw the way you were lookin’ at me. If you’re after the kicks of f**kin’ a best…don’t. Please?” He’s just so sweet. Daniel needed that after uncle evil and he’s good for Ax, as well.

The only issue I had with this cute holiday story was the instalove aspect of it. The whole thing is really quick and that was pushing it for me, but they do give it some time with the epilogue. I’ll call it a holiday miracle and we’ll go from there.



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  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review. I’m glad you liked Ax and Daniel 🙂

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