REVIEW: 'A Gift of Time' by Jaclyn Osborn

Title: A Gift of Time

Author: Jaclyn Osborn

Published: November 19, 2017

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Nicole James

Genre: Contemporary Romance; Erotic Romance

Length: 144 Pages

Tags: Gay; M/M; Demisexual; Angst: Medium; Holiday: Christmas; HEA; Novella

About A Gift of Time

Be careful what you wish for... it just might come true. Jack Taylor learns this the hard way. He's a workaholic who wants that highly sought after corner office at the advertising agency he works for, and he'll do anything to get it—even if that means constantly disappointing his fiancé, Caden. On his way home one Christmas Eve night, he's dreading the argument he knows will happen once he walks through the door. To make matters worse, he forgot to get a gift for Caden, so he makes a quick stop at a Christmas shop he's never seen before. Inside, he meets a mysterious man who sells him an antique clock. When he gets home, he and Caden fight, just as he expected, and he ends up sleeping on the couch. Fuming from their fight, Jack makes a wish to have never met Caden. And it comes true. Waking up in an alternate reality around Christmas, Jack has everything he's ever wanted: the perfect job, fancy car, and luxurious apartment. But he soon realizes it means nothing without the man he loves.

There's only one way to reverse the wish: get Caden to fall in love with him before Christmas Eve... or lose him forever.



If you’re struggling to get into the spirit Jaclyn Osborn’s Christmas novella A Gift of Time will tug at your heart in all the right places warming your soul and leave you yearning to believe.

Thirty-year old Jack Taylor’s devotion to making a name for himself by climbing the corporate ladder for the past seven years has taken a toll on his relationship with his fiancé, Caden. Adding insult to injury he comes home late again on Christmas Eve with a last minute gift for their heartfelt exchange. But after a terrible fight with hurtful words that can’t be taken back, and one terrible wish uttered from Jack, “’I wish I’d never met him,’” he’s about to discover wishes may in fact come true.

As the gift shop owner says, “’Sometimes a man needs to be given exactly what he asked for in order for him to realize that what he really needed was what he had all along.’”

A Gift of Time is a love story within a love story as Jack wakes up to the “perfect life” and the more his deepest desires keep coming true he soon realizes they mean nothing without the greatest gift of all – love. But it may be too late.

What lengths would you go to make your partner fall in love with you again…What would you give up?

The build-up for Jack to get what his heart truly desires literally makes you ache and you can’t wait for “that moment”, “those words”. But Osborn puts you through the ringer first from fear to hope, desire to rejection and defeat to acceptance.

Jack’s wish truly ends up being a “gift of time” allowing him to savor precious memories from a whole new perspective and bestowing on him the ability to see his love for Caden in an entirely new light. Osborn creatively uses the traditions of the holiday season, from decorating the tree to family recipes and Christmas Eve gift exchanges, to showcase customs aren’t merely something we do every year, but a treasure we cherish within our hearts of those we hold dear.

A tale of redemption reminiscent of A Christmas Carol mixed with It’s a Wonderful Life, A Gift of Time literally caused a lump in my throat and had me weeping in sorrow and joy right to the very end, reminding me to treasure what’s right before me. And hopeful a charming side character named Logan may get his own little gift…maybe a New Year’s proposal?

A copy of A Gift of Time was purchased by Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter in order that we might offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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Meet the Author

Jaclyn Osborn was born and raised in the state of Arkansas. When not actively writing a new book, she can be found plotting and gaining inspiration for the next story. Writing is her passion and she's thankful for each day she's able to live her dream. A firm believer in happy endings and redemption for damaged souls, her boys in her stories mean the world to her, and she'd be lost without them. All types of genres in the m/m world interest her, in both reading and writing, and she hopes to delve into a few of them in her writing career.

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