Title: Two Ruined Christmas Eves
Author: Chris McHart
Publisher: Rawmance Publishing
Length: 34 Pages
Category: Holiday, Romance, Short Story
At a Glance: A perfect little holiday romance filled with snow, snuggles, and a heartwarming ending.
Reviewed By: Cassie
Blurb: It’s Christmas Eve, and folk music star Jonas is on his way to the most important gig of his career, the Volksmusik Stadl. Well, he would be if heavy snowfall hadn’t stopped him on the highway.
Fritz has to accompany his grandparents to the biggest folk music event in southern Germany, the worst punishment for a metal fan, especially on Christmas Eve.
When these two men meet at the concert after-party, sparks fly. Will this Christmas Eve be something special after all?
Review: It’s that time of year again! Christmas novellas! I have the biggest soft spot for holiday romance shorts. I love them in all their squishy, heartwarming bite-size glory. And Two Ruined Christmas Eves is a good one. Set in Germany against the backdrop of a folk music festival, the story packs some stress and some delicious heat into its short run.
The stress is all up front as we meet Jonas, stuck on the highway on the way to a critical gig. I was having flashbacks of every time I’ve been late and stuck in traffic during that whole scene. Talk about good writing. I’m pretty sure my blood pressure spiked just reading Jonas’ inner turmoil.
And poor Fritz has been drafted into family duty by his parents. He’s stuck at a festival celebrating music he finds as pleasant as nails on a chalkboard. While I wish he was a little less whiny about it since he’s there for his grandparents, I can still totally empathize. If I got stuck at a three hour heavy metal concert, I’d probably need Xanax to cope.
Both characters are sweet and likable. Their chemistry is instant (because we’ve only got 34 pages here!), and it takes them both by surprise. The heat between them is enjoyable, and we get a quick glimpse into their future as the final bow on this lovely little Christmas gift.
If you haven’t started enjoying the holiday releases yet, this is a good place to start. There are no esoteric musical terms for the uninitiated to stumble over, the characters are lovely, and the story satisfying. You’ll definitely have fun in the lead up to Christmas. And in six or seven months you can bust it back out for Christmas in July!…if you do that sort of thing. (I TOTALLY do that sort of thing.)
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