Author: Cassie Sweet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 44 Pages
Category: Holiday, Contemporary
At a Glance: A delightful holiday short with a hopeful ending.
Reviewed By: Cassie
Blurb: Hill hates Christmas.
The shoppers. The cheer. The drama. All of it.
Each holiday season is a painful reminder that seven years before, his lover, Drew, walked out of his life and moved across the country, leaving Hill like a cup of rotten eggnog. Now Drew is back and wants Hill to put a little jingle in his bells. Well, not this Scrooge.
Drew admits he moved to get away from Hill—but not for the reasons Drew gave him all those years ago. Some of his best memories are of Christmases he celebrated with Hill, and he wants nothing more than to spend a little holly jolly with the only man he’s ever loved. However, getting Hill to agree to a reunion is going to take a Christmas miracle.
Review: I’m a sucker for a good second chance story, and this one satisfied. Hill is a Seasonal-grump thanks to some old relationship woes, and Drew seems to be a bit of a chronic non-communicator. Cassie Sweet gives us the opportunity to see these two give their relationship a second try after a bad break up and some very hurt feelings.
Cassie Sweet writes some wonderful characters in this short. They’re sympathetic and likeable, and man, is it easy to enter into their heartache. The plot is solid, and I really liked the backstory. We also get a fun secondary character in a cousin/best friend, plus a (bonus!) truly awesome dog. To be honest, I would have loved to see more of all these characters; they’re exceptional.
This is a delightful holiday short, and its hopeful ending gave me fuzzy, seasonal feels. If the rest of the offerings are like this one, I can’t wait to see what else this holiday novella season has in store for readers.
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