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Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: The Probability of Mistletoe
SERIES: 2017 Dreamspinner Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: E.J. Russell
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 49 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
When software engineer Keith Trainor decides to start his own company, he knows exactly who he wants as his partner: Parker Mulvaney, his best friend from high school. But in the ten years since graduation, their contact has dwindled to nothing, and it’s all Keith’s fault. If he hadn’t tried to kiss Parker under the mistletoe at the winter formal their senior year, Parker wouldn’t have bolted. At their ten-year reunion, Keith intends to do everything in his geeky power to make amends.
Parker should have known that scheduling the reunion the day before Christmas Eve was a recipe for a headache of monster proportions. But when Keith sends a text that he’ll be attending, the evening doesn’t look so bleak. Can an unnecessary makeover, a nostalgic breakfast, an abortive shopping trip, and a whole lot of mistletoe culminate in a long-overdue first kiss?
This was a super cute Christmas story about reunited friends finally getting their lips together and admitting how they really feel.
Keith and Parker were best friends in high school, but their friendship became strained when Parker rejected Keith’s attempt to steal a kiss at their winter formal. Keith was embarrassed and heartbroken, Parker was conflicted and confused and when Keith moved away to attend university, they allowed themselves to lose contact.
But now Keith is back in town, ready to start his own company and knowing he won’t succeed without Parker as his partner. Of course, as soon as these two clap eyes on each other again, all thoughts of trying to simply be friends become rather difficult.
While this story was only short, the author’s sense of humor was quite evident. The story was fun, even while Keith and Parker broke my heart a little.
I was a bit disappointed that the reunion turned out to be kind of a non-event. I do like a good high school reunion tale, and from the blurb I thought that more time was going to be spent on that night. Having said that however, I did enjoy the way the author squeezed so much into this short story without making the pace feel too rushed. The inclusion of Parker’s nieces and their Christmas gifts was pretty cool and my absolute favourite scene was reading about Keith desperately trying to find somewhere to stand that wasn’t beneath a bunch of mistletoe.
I’d definitely like to read more from this author.