Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Northern Lights
Author: Asta Idonea
Series: Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar
Heroes: James & Kari
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 29 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A dream romantic vacation to Iceland to see the Northern Lights turns into a nightmare when James’s workaholic boyfriend, Richard, again insists on putting his work first. After a call from Richard’s office, an argument ends with the couple splitting up for good. Not only has Richard left James, he’s left him abandoned to explore the park alone, where James quickly gets lost. But just when things seem darkest, the Solstice works its magic, and James finds the guiding light he needs. Or it finds him.
When James goes to Iceland with his boyfriend Richard to see the Northern Lights, he was expecting a peaceful and romantic getaway. Instead what he gets is Richard taking calls from the office and then ultimately breaking up with him to fly home. Left in Iceland, he decides to make the most of it and visits all the places he wanted to go to. But when one of those places gets him lost and hurt, he’s rescued by someone who just might fulfill his dreams of what Iceland would be like.
I admit, I was a little hesitant to read this one because the blurb is a little vague on whether James and Richard break up or not so I wasn’t sure if James and Richard reunite or if James finds someone else while still with Richard. A little spoiler, they do breakup and James does find someone else, which I was extremely happy for. As for the story, I rather enjoyed that James didn’t let himself become depressed with the breakup but decided to get up and take advantage of the situation. The love interest, Kari, was a sweet lookalike Thor and I loved how much of a connection he had with James. I just wish the ending wasn’t so abrupt. I feel like James will be in the exact same position as he was before so I would have liked seeing them months or weeks after everything goes down.
In the end, a lovely short story. I adored both Kari and James because they were strong and lovable characters and I really enjoyed the premise of the story. I hope the author considers writing a sequel because I really want to get back to these characters and see where they’re at in six or so months!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*