Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Blast & Giveaway ~ Benoit's Surprise Christmas by Catherine Lievens


  Author Name: Catherine Lievens
Book Name: Benoit’s Surprise Christmas 
  Release Date: January 20, 2016 
Pages or Words: 50 pages 
  Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 
Cover Artist: AngstyG 

Belgium expat Benoit Girault has only worked in the administrative department of Toys for All in Milwaukee for a few short months, but it’s long enough for him to miss everyone back home and to fall for coworker Jake Manning—not that Jake ever notices him. Or so Benoit thinks. Jake notices Benoit all right, but he doesn’t want to risk mixing business with pleasure, not when it could create problems in the office. So when Jake’s friend and boss, Randall, tells him to team up with Benoit to organize a Saint Nicholas party, he’s less than thrilled. But as they work together and Jake nurses Benoit through an illness, he realizes some people might be worth risking it all for.

 YOU WANT me to do what?” Jake’s boss smiled at him as if he were asking nothing much—the bastard. Randall knew exactly what he was doing, just like he knew Jake would react like he did. He hated parties, and everyone in the office knew it. “Organize a party for the new clients.” “Janet usually organizes the parties.” “She’s busy with another contract. The Belgian clients are yours, Jake. It seems obvious to me that you should be the one in charge of this.” “But I don’t know anything about the saint you’re talking about.” “You have enough time to learn something about him and about the Belgian traditions that go with it.” “You can’t do this to me, Randall. Please. I’m already busy with this new contract. I don’t have time to organize a party.” “The clients were delighted when I told them there would be a party.” Jake gaped at his boss. “You told them?” “Of course. When Mr. Leblanc said he was bringing his wife and son along, I just knew we had to do something for the kid.” “Someone could take him to the zoo,” Jake muttered. “Jake, we’re a toy company. Why would we take a kid to the zoo?” “It’s not like we actually have the toys in this office. That’s what the stores are for.” Randall set his jaw and narrowed his eyes. He obviously wasn’t going to be swayed by Jake’s protests. But what about pleading? “Randall, I just don’t have the time to do everything on my own, especially if you want a kiddie party.” “That’s why Benoit is going to help you.” 

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Catherine Lievens has always loved books. She’s not sure how she managed to marry a man who doesn’t read, but she deals with it and buys enough books for both of them. Just ask him—he frequently wonders if the books on her shelves mate with each other to produce new ones. She never told him it’s only her buying more books. After brushing up her English to graduate in English language and translation, she decided to put it to good use and write the characters she always dreamt of. She likes writing about creatures people say don’t exist, like shifters and harpies, because her life’s too boring to write about what she knows, and she always wanted to be a cat anyway. 

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This is my first book by Catherine and I gotta say I wish I found her sooner. Her writing style is smooth and her story and character depth is amazing, even in such a short story. 

Benoit is a Milwaukee transplant, only have been at this job for a few months. He hasn't made many friends and hasn't had much of. social life. He does, however, have an office crush. When he gets thrown into a new job duty of helping said crush, things start to liven up for ole Ben. 

Jake is your typical all American looking jock boy. When he first sees Benoit he thinks he is the most sweet adorable man ever. Since Jake never mixes business with pleasure, he thoroughly avoids Benoit. Until his boss makes him partner up with Ben for their new client. 

The banter between these two are pretty comical. Jake seems kind of hard headed and clueless at party planning, but when Benoit falls sick, Jake has to step up his party planning game. Not only does he do that, but he takes care of Benoit as well, ensuring that these two spend time together. Jake realized then, that he doesn't mind mixing business with pleasure. 

This was a fun, cute story. It brings in a tradition from another country which was fun to read about, and it doesn't really tell you, but it isn't really a Christmas surprise Benoit gets, but a super awesome Valentines surprise. 

My only complaint is that it's too short. I would definitely love to read about these two more. 

4.5 surprising stars

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