Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Talk About Happy Endings
Author: Kol Anderson
Heroes: The Elves
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Kol Anderson
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Five couples try to find love on Christmas and in the process discover themselves.
“One wish per person! Step right up! Make your wish come true this Christmas!”
That is the theme for this cute story about five different couples, one or both participants of which take the elves up on their offer. In exchange for something of personal worth, they are given one wish, which will be granted on Christmas eve.
First, we have Dylan, single father after losing his wife 8 months prior. His son is the one who gets the wish. They are managing ok, but Dylan is struggling a bit with being alone. He finds what is missing is not something he would have otherwise considered – another man.
Then, there are high school friends, Brody and Dominic. These guys are sweet, becoming friends after Dominic saves Brody from the bully he asked out at school, whom he had a crush on at the time. Their friendship grows, they support each other, first Dominic with Brody’s bullying, and then Brody with Dominic’s coming out to his parents.
Then there is Christian and Ryan, who have a few issues related to their respective jobs, Ryan providing for Christian as he struggles with his modeling career. These two are otherwise solid and after a slightly bumpy road, they realize how much they mean to each other.
Moving on to Dylan’s brother-in-law, Arjun, who is a bit closeted, but who meets and becomes friends with Harsh. Arjun fights his attraction for a while, leading to some strife and an almost end to their association, but events bring him around, and the two are happy together.
Next up is Luke and Jeremy, friends of Ryan who are about to be married. These guys have been together for five years, but after deciding to take the plunge, are having cold feet. Unfortunately, Jeremy acts upon it after he meets Dylan (and his son, Jake), but is still confused about what to do. This couple (Luke/Jeremy) has the most drama, but as the story suggests, there is a happy ending.
This unique little story, which, by the way, is a totally different side we are seeing from deliciously dark Kol, is sweet in so many ways. It flips around between the different couples, and I found I couldn’t wait as Christmas drew near to see how their wishes would play out. I loved how some of the couples’ stories sort of overlapped or were intertwined, each offering up a little something different. I admit that I don’t usually read very many holiday-themed stories, but this one was really enjoyable and definitely a favorite of mine. For those who long for Kol books with happy endings, grab this one, because it definitely delivers.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*