Rumpled tech support Evan Carmichael has a crush on pristine programming supervisor Gavriil Cottan. The whole company knows it. Except Gavriil. As a closet romantic, Evan dreams of declaring his feelings with a grand gesture, something out of the movies he loves.
The company holiday potluck luncheon gives Evan a perfect opportunity. He finds out Gavriil’s favorite dessert and is determined to make an apple sharlotka just like Gavriil’s mother used to make. The only problem is, Evan is a disaster in the kitchen. Can he master the mystery of the sharlotka and the intricacies of the springform pan in time to both woo and wow Gavriil?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."
Evan Versus the Sharlotka is a sweet office romance between two quiet friends, told from a single point-of-view. I loved the simplicity of this story and thought the idea of baking a special treat for your romantic interest was perfect. Evan’s uncertainty in social situations and the kitchen was both endearing and relatable, and I couldn’t help but want the world for him. The easy pacing, appealing characters, and smooth writing made for an enjoyable read. This is definitely one short that brings the holiday cheer. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*