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Blame It on the Fruitcake by Pat Henshaw

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Blame It on the Fruitcake by Pat Henshaw

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About the Author
Pat has enjoyed visiting Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and relishes trips to Rome, Italy, and Eugene, Oregon, to see family.  

Now retired, Pat spent her life surrounded by words:  Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".
Fruitcake is the laughingstock of the holiday season. But can it be an aphrodisiac instead? Motorcycle mechanic Sam McGuire is surprised to find a gaily wrapped box on his doorstep with a piece of fruitcake accompanying an invitation to a holiday party.Wondering if he’ll fit in, Sam attends the party—mostly to get more of the fruitcake he falls in love with—and meets Jay Merriweather, his new neighbor. The lure of Jay’s big family and its holiday tradition of enjoying Grandma’s fruitcake hook Sam, as does the sexy man himself.But Sam can't imagine why handsome, college-educated Jay would want someone like him, who was raised in a children’s home and barely graduated high school. Maybe the magic of the holiday season can help two men who seem so different come together like the ingredients in a well-made fruitcake.

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(Updated: December 03, 2015)
Blame It on the Fruitcake is a Christmas short story about two very different men bought together by, well, a fruitcake. It is a light read and can be enjoyed as part of the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar : Sleigh Ride. This group of 31 Christmas themed short stories is a great addition to your holiday reading. 

Sam McGuire is a motorbike mechanic who is paying off his own business. Sam grew up in a home, waiting futilely to be adopted. I would have liked to know why he was there, why he had absolutely no friends in his life from the home, and how he came to build a successful business. I know it's a short story but a few pages dedicated to his background would have improved the story for me and explained why he still has such significant self esteem issues, when it comes to men in his life, despite being a successful business owner. 

Jay Merriweather, Sam's so far unseen neighbour, leaves an invitation to a party in his loft, attached to a slab of extraordinarily delicious fruitcake. After tasting the fruitcake Sam decides to attend the party, even if it's only to steal some more. Sam turns out to be a very attractive, extremely successful businessman, clad in designer clothes Sam would never dream of wearing, or affording. Sparks fly but Sam is convinced he'll never be good enough for Jay and sabotages their growing attachment. Finding their HEA will require the help of Jay's delightfully meddlesome grandmother and a very persistent Jay. 

Blame It on the Fruitcake was a pleasant afternoon read with an ultimately satisfying conclusion. 
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