Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Joanna Chambers
Heroes: Quin Flint/Rob Paget
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 74 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 19, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership, and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants…and who he wants it with.
My first Christmas story of the season!! I was sooooo looking forward to reading this story, but when I realized it was a spin on A Christmas Carol, I was even MORE excited!! A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite Christmas story…from reading different tellings to watching various film adaptations. Now I get to enjoy Joanna Chambers’s version for years to come!
Quin Flint is on track to reach his five year goal of obtaining a big promotion, but what he’s about to realize is that his workaholic ways are sucking all the joy that friends and relationships can bring to his life. To everyone else, Quin is a selfish dick and barely tolerated by those around him.
It’s just another Christmas, and Quin is all set to make things difficult for his employees before he blows-off his best friend’s celebration invitation. After all, work is more important than Christmas! After numerous asshole-ish displays (I don’t want to spoil the details), Quin begins to recognize how others must see him…kicking off his journeys of Christmas past, present and future.
I really enjoyed the parallels between Humbug and the original. I had fun picking out which “pieces” were captured in this tale: a few of the life events experienced by Quin and several of the tiny twists on character names and relationships. Again, I don’t want to spoil.
There is a little romance…and even a surprisingly intense sexy scene. Looks like Quin will find happiness at Christmas again…and someone to share it with…
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*