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    Christmas is a time for giving - what do you do when no one gives a damn? For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go. Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn. Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

    ©2010, 2012 RJ Scott (P)2014 RJ Scott

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    • Donald
    • 22/12/2014

    A Sweet Turn of Events...

    This is a sweet story about a boy tossed out and down on his luck and his journey to self-discovery and his determination to change the course he is on. Zach meets Ben, Ben begins to feel that tingle within but withholds until Zach is ready for unconditional love. This is their journey to happiness and it is a sweet, horrific, loving, detestable, accepting story that everyone can gain something from. RJ Scott's style and Sean Crisden's narration was a delight...a must read/listen

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    • Rhen
    • 08/05/2015

    Beautiful story.

    A bit slow but beautiful written. Love the plot storyline. Waiting to become a movie.

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    • pdaake
    • 14/12/2020

    Aww I loved this!

    Although there is off page violence, the book is super sweet and spans a couple years. I thought the chemistry was awesome and the patience displayed was so cool! Fabolous narration!!

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    • Claudia CG Lezar
    • 20/12/2019

    as good as the ebook

    The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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    • padme35
    • 07/11/2019

    Great Holiday Read to Warm the Heart

    Audiobook Review September 2019: Well, 5 years ago I had plans to re-read this one the following Christmas but unfortunately I did not, nor have I since. Good or bad I just have too many new holiday tales to devour every year so my faves get left behind. I didn't exactly do the Re-Read Christmas in July Edition that I had planned but I did decide to enjoy a few in September while I was enjoying a plethora of audiobooks. So The Christmas Throwaway was a definite re-visit in audio version this year and guess what? I enjoyed it even more now than I did then. This is definitely one of those stories that helps restore faith in human nature. Once again, Sean Crisden lends his voice to RJ Scott's words making them a perfect duo for bringing romance to life. Original ebook review December 2014: You can't ask for a better Christmas story than this. Strangers doing the right thing for a change. Letting yourself open your home to the stranger and your heart long enough to learn the true nature of said stranger. I can't imagine a better story to add to your holiday collection. Truth be told, I know that this one I'll be rereading next Christmas, if not before.

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    • M William Roth
    • 13/04/2019

    Holliday Healing

    Not going to post spoilers Although It made me so angry in parts. Read it first on Kindle but listening to it is even better I came up with what I would've said in parts. To bad there isn't a way to overlap slightly what their thoughts as they're saying something more cleaned up. I wish that I could help kids like Zack in real life. but I'm just as damaged as a abuser myself. I can give advice. Help that way Just wish there were more people in the world like Ben and his family who took both Zack and his Sister in. In the right way. Too often there are ones who are or were worse than their home to begin with. RJ want more from Zack and Ben Like in your Montana and Texas Series' A truly wonder Story bordering on C Dickens'!!!!

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    • Annika
    • 23/12/2018

    Great narration, didn't enjoy the story as much

    Weeks before Zach's 18th birthday he was thrown out in the cold with only the clothes on his back and some loose change to his name. Now, just days before Christmas he's seeking solace on a bench in a graveyard. Ben Hamilton, a rookie cop finds a cold shaking young man sleeping on a bench. Instead of bringing him in and reporting him, Ben brings Zach home to his family. A family filled with Christmas spirit and warmth in every sense of the word. And Just what lonely and abused Zach needed. This might just be me, but I found Ben annoying. He was just too perfect and perky for my tastes and thought he could and would change everything that was wrong in the world. But when Zach didn't do or immediately follow everything he said he turned kind of mean and judgmental. It also felt like Ben forced the Christmas spirit on Zach - enjoy it or else. I understand why he forced family and celebration on him, but it was just too much and too soon and it rubbed me wrong. I'm not a fan of manipulations. Then there was the relationship between Zach and Ben. It just felt off. There wasn't any connection, it was shallow. There was no attraction, no build-up, no UST - nothing. Yet Scott still tried to make us believe in a relationship between the guys. Sure it wasn’t insta-love by any standard, but should in theory be a slow-burn romance – but for me the romance was never present. I truly believe that the book would have been better it had been solely focused on Zach’s struggles for a new beginning, a new life and leave the relationship part out of it. That would have been a great story, starting over, new friends and family. But sadly that’s not what we got, but I’m still going to pretend. So for the last week or so I've picked up three Christmas stories, and each and every one of them has been narrated by Sean Crisden. Maybe it’s coincidence or maybe Crisden really likes narrating Christmas stories, either way I feel like I’m running out of ways to describe his great performances in a new way. I love the feelings he brings, make you feel, and while this might not have been the greatest of stories, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the narration. A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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    • BigA
    • 10/06/2018

    Great story

    This was a really great story. I just wish there was a little more Romance in it

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    • Keith b miller
    • 25/03/2018

    i love it

    the book was one of my favorites it is short but so worth it you will not be disappointed

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    • Kelly McGee
    • 15/12/2017

    A new favorite

    I loved it. I stayed up way too late because I had to know what happened. thank goodness for Christmas miracles.

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    • A. N.
    • 09/12/2016

    I wish I could throw away this one

    Another RJ Scott, narrated by Sean Crisden that I tried again and disliked probably more than the first time around.

    Sean Crisden simply has no knack for voicing more than one character in addition to his narrator voice, and, what's worse, he rushes through sex scenes and makes me lose all interest in them. I don't know if it's because they're badly written and he wants to be done with it, or because he simply doesn't enjoy it. The end result is that I don't enjoy listening to them either and considering that RJ Scott made a point of adding a whole unnecessary sex marathon to the end of the book, that's a disappointment.

    Which brings me to RJ Scott's writing. The author paints a simplified, overly romantic version of what it's like to be poor and live on the street. The The young main character is bullied into a "new and better life" by the older main character, to the point where he's being blackmailed into staying with the man's family, and occasionally physical force is being used against him "for his own good" despite the runaway having a history of physical abuse at the hands of his father, which if not admitted out loud in the beginning, is at least obvious in the way he behaves and shies away from physical touch and/or strong/large men - especially when they get angry.

    Despite all of that (or maybe because of it?), the character - who starts out as a minor but conveniently turns 18 a few chapters into the story - fixates on his "saviour" within days of meeting him, and is clearly attracted to him. The reverse is true for the saviour who, at least, keeps his hands to himself until the boy is well over 18. Still, I can't help but think Stockholm Syndrome or Hero Worship and it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    I'd advise anyone who isn't a die-hard RJ Scott or Sean Crisden fan to steer well clear of this audiobook/story. It romanticises and simplifies ways out of poverty and homelessness and depicts a less than healthy relationship with an unequal power balance.