Grateful by Kim Fielding

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Grateful by Kim Fielding

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About the Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is "eclectic" and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels StasisFlux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".
Nate Roth’s latest dumb stunt has left him with a broken arm, black eye, and stitched chin—and extra trepidation about visiting his family for Hanukkah. He fears his relatives will put him through another round of criticism for his foolish choices and his nonexistent love life. Several mishaps during his short journey to his parents’ house don’t bode well. But along the way he meets impossibly gorgeous Gio DiPietro—and maybe it’s time for Nate’s risk-taking impulses to turn out well for a change.

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Short and sweet
(Updated: December 03, 2015)
Short stories and the holiday season go together like turkey and cranberry sauce, or in this case, potato latkes. In Grateful, Kim Fielding tells a story of mishaps, finding love in unexpected places, the importance of family, and coming together to share your blessings at Hanukkah.  

Nate Roth is accident prone. There's no getting around it. If there's a puddle to be stepped, in or a dare to be accepted, he's your man. Having crashed off a kiddies tricycle, broken his arm and collected bruises and stitches from his latest dare, Nate is dreading going home to his family for the first four days of Hanukkah. It's not that they don't care, it's that they care too much. He's just not ready for the fuss and worry he'll cause. Then there's the nagging he'll get for not having found a boyfriend... 

Gio DiPietro is an impossibly gorgeous man who meets Nate at a roadside stop whilst he's travelling home. Nate is clearly having a breakdown of some sort and Gio can't resist coming to the rescue of this adorable disaster. After helping Nate buy Hanukkah presents to replace the ones he's forgotten at home Gio suggests Nate owes him a favour, in the form of an unexpected date. How can Nate refuse? Bringing Gio to share the second night's feast with his family is the most unexpected date Nate can come up with. He knows Gio is estranged from his family because of his 'lifestyle' and hopes spending some time with the chaotic Roth family will be just what Gio needs. 

In the space a few days sparks fly and relationships begin. Gio and Nate find feelings developing that might just lead to a HEA. Nate's family find a lost young man who seems to fit right in to the chaos. 

Grateful is a sweet, funny read. It is also a reminder of the important things during the holiday season. Learning to cherish what you have, being open to new experiences, people and a love which might lead to all you've been looking for. That a family who worries about you isn't the worst thing in the world. . A very holiday enjoyable read. 

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