An aggressive super-flu pandemic wipes out a majority of the population over the course of one Christmas holiday—and brings Tobin and Kyle together. For almost a year, they’ve been trekking across the country from Colorado toward a sanctuary in upstate New York. Kyle’s survival skills have kept them alive, and Tobin wants to repay the man he loves with a very special gift of his own making. He sneaks off in search of the last few pieces… only to get himself and Kyle kidnapped by a desperate stranger. With their journey to New York on hold—possibly indefinitely—they’ll need to accept that home isn’t always defined by a place as much as the person you’re with.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."
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An Unexpected Sanctuary marks another short from Dreamspinner’s Advent series which totally surprised me. I’m not much for sci-fi, dystopian, or fantasy romances, so I imagine that had I read the blurb for this as an individual story, I would have skipped it. And I definitely would have missed out. I found the idea of a flu pandemic changing the world an interesting plot choice for a holiday themed story and I wasn’t sure how that would work. However, the author did a wonderful job carrying warm holiday feelings throughout the book, reminding the reader it isn’t the gifts and decorations that make the holiday bright, rather it’s loved ones, safety, and a place to call home. Though the reader predominantly gets to know Tobin because the story is told from his point-of-view, the characters were both likeable and the romance between Keith and Tobin very sweet. I would have liked to see more of the relationship develop over the course of the story, but I found the plot interesting and the backstory very intriguing. This is one of those shorts I think would make for a great full-length novella so the characters, the romance, and their survival could be explored in greater detail. I love being surprised by stories I may not have picked or authors I haven’t tried and Unexpected Sanctuary did both. If you’re looking for a different sort of holiday story or are a fan of dystopians, I’d certainly recommend this title. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*