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Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Have a Hygge Holiday
SERIES: Christmas in July
AUTHOR: B. Snow
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 51 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2016
Niall is having second thoughts about spending the holidays with Josh. If Josh’s sweet nature masks the fact that he’s a spineless pushover, Niall doesn’t want a long-term relationship with him. Guilt—an annoying voice in his head—agrees, telling him to end it before Josh gets hurt. But then Niall sees how Josh has turned his apartment into a cozy, inviting nest for winter, based on the Scandinavian tradition of Hygge: curling up with good food, candles, music, hot drinks, family, and friends.
Niall decides to stay, telling himself he’ll discover the real Josh when the two of them are together for a week, but two become four when Niall’s Christmas-crazy parents show up on Josh’s doorstep, and four become five when Josh’s father arrives to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah. The two sets of parents clash over decorations, food, and public displays of affection. Their bickering drives Niall crazy, as does Josh’s calm acceptance. If something doesn’t change, Niall will walk away from all of it, including his future with Josh.
Niall believes his boyfriend Josh is too weak and a pushover to continue having a relationship with him.
So, Niall has decided to end his relationship with Josh if he doesn’t pass the tests he’s concocted for him whilst he’s staying over for the Christmas holidays. As Niall discovers Josh doesn’t celebrate Christmas as he’s Jewish but he does celebrate Hygge, “Hyoo-gah”. Niall is racked by guilt but he can’t help himself when he continually puts Josh through his little “test’s”. Niall isn’t even sure exactly what it is his thinks Josh should be doing but he does know that Josh hasn’t done “it” yet!
Niall’s parents decide to show up at Josh’s for the holidays as well since Niall’s cousin has decided to use their house to make a movie in. Niall try’s his best to get rid of his parents but, no luck they’re here to stay! The next day things go from bad to worse, Niall’s parents completely disregard the fact that Josh is Jewish and doesn’t celebrate Christmas and they take down all of his decorations and put up a tree and decorate until the place looks like Christmas threw up!! To make things worse Josh’s father arrives declaring he has nowhere else to go so he’s staying at Josh’s as well. Josh is mortified with his father’s behaviour, not only has he hit on his boyfriend, he is constantly fighting with Niall’s parents. When they return to his place after a taking a walk to escape the constant fighting they discover all three of their parents in bed together!
This is when Josh makes Niall sit up and take notice. Josh very firmly directs their respective parents to get dressed and leave as he has organized a hotel room down the road for them. When Niall finally reveals why he’s been acting so erratic the last two days Josh sits him down to explain that just because he’s been agreeable with everything Niall has suggested so far in their relationship it didn’t mean he was always going agree.
I’m a bit on the fence with this book. On the one hand the storyline is a good one but the way the author has written the story is very disconcerting. There’s more interaction between Niall and his conscience “guilt” than there is between him and Josh!