Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Home is Where the Christmas Trees Are
Author: CJane Elliott
Series: Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar
Heroes: Dex Crawford/Ed Alcott
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 47 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: After the tragic death of his sister, Jan, Dex Crawford leaves his life in Portland to take care of his twelve-year-old niece, Rowan. He gets a job as a physical therapist and tries to be a good guardian to Rowan, but they’re both grieving. The Christmas holidays hit Dex especially hard this year. He’d always left it to Jan to make the season merry, and now it’s up to him. Two weeks before Christmas, Dex has yet to even put up a Christmas tree.
Things go from bad to worse when Rowan’s clarinet is stolen right before the school holiday concert. Dex’s life begins to turn around when he accompanies Rowan to school to talk to her band teacher, Ed Alcott. Handsome and kind, Ed likes kids, music, and holiday decorations. Dex comes to think of him as his very own Christmas elf. Ed brings with him everything that’s been missing in Dex’s life: the possibility of love, home, and celebration… and Christmas trees.
Review: Dex is now living with his 12 year old niece since his sister died. He’s a single gay man who doesn’t know a thing about girls, especially grieving ones.
When his niece loses her clarinet, he goes to her band teacher for help on purchasing a new one. They have an instant connection and end up spending the holidays together.
I didn’t like the way this ended. (Spoiler alert: the niece ends up moving away to live with her grandmother.) To me it felt like he’d failed, and I’m not sure how this was supposed to make me feel good about this story.
I liked the chemistry between the two MCs, and it seemed like he was really doing a good job with the niece so…
I guess this just didn’t hit my buttons.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*