Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: A Snowman Made of Sand
Author: J.J. Carroll
Series: Celebrate! – 2014 Advent Calendar
Heroes: Ethan & Tristan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 37 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Last year in England, Australian Ethan Harvey not only met his “perfect” man in Tristan Lewin-Jones, Ethan shared a wonderful Christmas with Tristan’s “perfect” family—an ideal British holiday full of genteel good cheer and all the traditional trimmings.
Now Tris and Ethan are living in Sydney, and Tris wants the quintessential Australian beach Christmas, with sun, sand, surf, seafood… and the Harveys. But Ethan didn’t mention the Harveys are politically incorrect, rude, crude, and loud. He worries his family will drive Tris away. Giving Tris the perfect beach Christmas with the imperfect Harveys is going to take a holiday miracle.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
It’s been months since Ethan moved back to Sydney with his boyfriend Tris. And as Christmas approaches, Ethan becomes more and more worried about Tris meeting his crazy family. But when Tris starts getting upset over why Ethan is keeping Tris from his family, Ethan has to make a decision: let Tris meet his insane family or possibly lose Tris forever.
This was a cute little story. I loved that Ethan and Tris were complete opposites but that they had such a great connection for Tris to move across the world to stay with Ethan. I liked that Ethan was afraid his family would scare Tris off, that he cared enough about Tris to not want to subject him to the crazy and rudeness that is his family. At the same time, I loved that Tris wouldn’t let Ethan off the hook when it came to trying to get out of Christmas with his family.
I enjoyed this one but I wanted more depth to the story. I wanted to ‘see’ the story play out and not be told of how embarrassing Ethan’s family was. I wanted to see the incidents that led to going to the hospital or of the fire department coming. I just wanted to actually experience the situations as Ethan and Tris experienced them.
In the end, though, this was a cute story. I liked the struggle that Ethan had with not wanting his horrible family to meet Tris and how Tris was so upset over why Ethan didn’t want him to meet them. I wish there had been more meat to the story but, as it is, it’s an enjoyable little read.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*