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Reviewed by Chris
SERIES: 2016 Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
AUTHOR: Ann Anderson
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 39 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2016
When Marcus and James started dating a few years ago, James invited Marcus home to spend the holidays with his close, Christmas-loving family. Marcus quickly realized once was enough, and since then, he’s stayed behind.
But this year will be different. Though the festivity and chaos make Marcus uncomfortable, he loves James, and he’s decided to put aside his unease so they can spend Christmas together—even if it means losing his hotel room to one of James’s siblings, braving the cold to go caroling, and battling the crowds so the children can visit Santa. It’ll all be worth it if Marcus can take his place in the family’s traditions—and maybe begin a new tradition for the two of them.
Marcus is not a scrooge, it’s just the sheer amount of Christmas Cheer that his boyfriend’s family packs into the holidays is enough to send a Hallmark movie into a sugar coma. Which is why he has ducked out of the holiday festivities for the last few years. But this year he has a special gift for his boyfriend and a Tradition to uphold. Even if he has to help herd children on trips to see Santa and stand in the freezing cold at 5am to help put up more Christmas lights than any house could need, Marcus is determined to give James the most perfect Christmas gift ever.
This was very much a sugar cookie in book form–sweet and addictive. And over much too quickly.
I enjoyed this short story. I found both Marcus and James to be interesting characters, and the various family members helped make this story easy to consume in one bite. Can’t say that my family has many Christmas Traditions, but I really liked reading about these ones. And Marcus’ grumpy reluctance was a lot more fun because of it (though, really, who actually enjoys visiting mall-Santas–especially when your the adult in charge of the ravening hordes of children?).
This might have been short, but what there was well written and I liked it. Seemed like the perfect book to curl up with as your family is around you and you need a few moments away from the craziness that is the holidays.