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I Heard Him Exclaim [Kindle Edition]

Z.A. Maxfield
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Book Description

Who Likes a Skinny Santa?

Steve Adams's heart hasn't been in the Christmas spirit ever since doctors put a stent in it and ordered him to clean up his act. No longer filling out his Santa suit or allowed to make merry, he's forgoing the holidays this year and heading to Vegas to indulge in the few vices left to him: gambling and anonymous sex.

His road trip takes a detour when he encounters Chandler Tracey, who's just inherited guardianship of his five-year-old niece. Overwhelmed, Chandler's on his way to deliver Poppy to his parents. But fate has other plans and, after car trouble, Chandler and Poppy accept a ride home with Steve. Though the heat between the two men is obvious, they put it on simmer while they band together to make Poppy's Christmas as perfect as possible.

Steve soon comes to believe that while Chandler is the right person to look after Poppy, someone needs to look after Chandler. Fortunately, Steve knows just the man for the job.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Publisher: Carina Press (6 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CJ8156
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly sweet, touching and sexy 22 Jan. 2011
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A skinny Santa Claus, a humungous family and a man who has suddenly become a father!! The description of the story doesn't drag you in but oh my, buy it, because this story is just fantastic. You fall in love with Santa and Christmas and family and everything - just absolute brilliant. Wish I'd bought it before.

As always, the sex is hot, steamy and very yummy, but this story is way more than that - again, Z A Maxfield brings love totally to the forefront, and it's about caring for the person you're with rather than just hot bodies. Another keeper, for sure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great price, great read. 29 Sept. 2012
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Two strangers meet and find a connection that changes both their lives ....Chandler is struggling with new responsibilities and Steve is also struggling with new lifestyles changes .The author does a great job and created a lovely and warm read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars While not my favorite story by Ms. Maxfield, I Heard Him Exclaim definitely has Christmas cheer in spades. 21 Aug. 2011
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Steve Adams loved Christmas and, what's more, loved playing Santa Claus at Christmastime. That all changed when he had a stent put in and was forced to get healthy. Now a slim guy with little Christmas spirit left in him, Steve plans to head to Vegas for some gambling and holiday fling with a hot guy or two. But on the road to Vegas, Steve meets Chandler Tracey and his niece, Poppy. Their car is broken and Chandler - unprepared for becoming a single parent after the death of his brother and sister-in-law - is more than a bit frazzled. Steve can plainly see that both Poppy and her uncle in need of a little Christmas magic and this former-Santa is just the one to give it to them.

A man who's lost his way meets one out of his depth in I Heard Him Exclaim. Z.A. Maxfield brings the festiveness of Christmas out in full force as Steve takes both Chandler and Poppy under his wing and brings them to his home for Christmas. I Heard Him Exclaim is a bit slow to start, but picks up once the trio arrives at Steve's home. The unevenness of the story also shows in the romance. It wasn't the slow build to sexy detonation that was the issue. Rather, it's the fact that the burgeoning relationship between Steve and Chandler is a so understated that it's sometimes drowned out by Chandler's panic over taking care of Poppy and the endearingly over-the-top approach the Adams family takes to Christmas. While not my favorite story by Ms. Maxfield, I Heard Him Exclaim definitely has Christmas cheer in spades.

Note: I Heard Him Exclaim is also available in the His for the Holidays anthology.

Shayna
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet... and very unrealistic. 23 Feb. 2011
By Dina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First off, let me say that I didn't get the title of this book. What did you hear him exclaim? Who are you? And who is him? Does that have anything to do with the story? (My confusion didn't affect my rating, of course. I'm just curious.)

Steve Adams has always loved Christmas and dressing up as Santa to spread the merriment around, but he isn't in the mood to celebrate the holidays this year. He can't fill out his Santa suit anymore, thanks to the new lifestyle he's been forced to embrace after the scare he had almost a year ago, when he had to have an angioplasty and doctors put a stent in his heart. Ordered to clean up his act, he quit smoking, dropped a lot of weight, and started exercising regularly and eat healthy. He's on his way to Vegas, to spend the holidays and avoid the Christmas festivities he'd have to join if he stayed at home, when he meets a somewhat distraught younger (and attractive) man and his 5-year-old niece.

Chandler Tracey and his niece Poppy, whose guardianship he inherited after his brother and sister-in-law were killed in a car accident only a month ago, are on their way to spend Christmas at his parents' when car trouble leaves them stranded on the road. Being a nice guy and all, Steve offers them a ride and the trio is soon back on the road. As Steve and Chandler spend time together and talk about their recent life-changing experiences, the sexual attraction between them grows and they begin to wonder if there's more to it. Well, duh! :)

I thought this was a very sweet Christmasy story, but it was also very unrealistic and I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy it without frowning over Chandler's and Steve's foolishly trusting behavior. Chandler was neurotic about Poppy's safety, which was okay considering he was as insecure as only new parents can be, so how come he didn't think twice before accepting Steve's ride offer? Steve was a complete strange and you just don't climb into a strange's car like that, especially when there's a safe alternative available. Steve's safety wasn't in any danger when he offered Chandler and Poppy a ride, but I thought he pushed his luck when he invited them to stay at his house. On his defense, he knew Chandler better by then, but still.

All in all, this was an okay read, with some quirky but likable characters and a good amount of holiday cheer. There wasn't much conflict in the story, but that was fine because I wasn't expecting it. The HEA felt a bit forced at first, but a nice epilogue cemented it and made it okay. After all, all's well that ends well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and sweet 27 Dec. 2010
By Emanuela PlasticDuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an incredibly cute and sweet story about two men who casually meet at a rest-stop. Chandler is travelling with Poppy, his niece, who he has to look after after the death of Poppy's parents in a car accident. Dealing with a child shattered his world and filled him with the fear of doing something wrong. Steve went through a serious medical problem, that forced him to stay fit (eat well, lose weight, exercise, etc.). His outer appearance probably doesn't match the image he has of himself anymore. When they meet, Poppy seems to see immediately through Steve's appearance and recognizes the Santa in him. This chance meeting is the core of this warm story that will make you feel good and happy and it will fill you with hope and joy.
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok holiday treat, not quite baked 4 Jan. 2015
By Spifette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This story started out strong, a well plotted chance meeting and good early glimpses of the three main characters: Steve, Chandler and Chandler’s niece, Poppy.

For those of you who don’t usually go for kids in their stories (I’m with you on that in a lot of cases), Poppy is a pretty fab five year old. Overall, there are truly wonderful humorous moments, sweet gestures between Steve and Chandler and members of Steve’s family are used well in piecing together the puzzle.

It’s all uneven, though, unfortunately. Things would be rolling along and then a bit of odd dialogue would make me tilt my head. Steve and Chandler would be talking and then one of them would do something that just didn’t seem to match up with the personality. Sometimes things felt right, like they were moving at an appropriate speed and then the wheel would start to squeak and wiggle and throw the pacing off. Now, this isn’t horrible by any means. I liken it to when there is a fantastic cast but the movie ends up being meh. Steve and Chandler are actually two very interesting characters and they deserved a bit better treatment, a bit more depth. But like I said, this isn’t at all horrible and it’s definitely still a funny, sweet story in which I was glad to meet Steve and Chandler.
5.0 out of 5 stars I heard too! 10 Dec. 2010
By Bogey - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Maxfield just doesn't know how to write bad fiction. Everything she writes is just damn good! This short novella is too. So what if "Santa" is having a bad week and just wants to run away till the holidays are over? Being around a large family, I understand it completely. And if Chandler will just grow a pair and deal with "life" then his life will begin with meaning. Yeah, Ms. Maxfield has been around and seen a lot to know all the little "insiders" that she admits to in this story and it shows. Sometimes, I think she knows "us" (her readers) too well. Read it and find out more.... I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
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