Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Fortune Cookie
Author: Matt Burlingame
Series: Series – 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Laurence & Nick
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 49 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Thirty-three-year-old technical writer Laurence Hart is a modern-day Scrooge when it comes to the holiday season—and the rest of the year too. He doesn’t like most people, they don’t like him, and he’s happy to keep it that way. Over lunch with his best friend, he receives a fortune cookie promising him true love. The next day, forced to work on a holiday charity committee or lose his job, he meets Nick, a jolly ginger giant who loves all things Christmas. Together they face numerous obstacles to put together a holiday fair to raise money for children in foster care in only four days. While Laurence has to mend his curmudgeonly ways to make the event a success, Nick’s holiday magic might mend Laurence’s heart.
Laurence hates Christmas so when he’s forced to participate on the committee for the holiday party, he’s far from happy especially when the committee leader is a nauseatingly jolly guy named Nick. But the more time he spends with Nick, the more his hatred for Christmas lessens and when the holiday party seems to be a complete disaster, Laurence might have just enough holiday spirit to make Nick’s ideas for the party come true.
This was such a great little story. I was drawn in right from the start with how much Laurence hated Christmas and how merry everyone else was. It was interesting to see his reaction to Nick and how he slowly warmed up to the holiday season. I especially liked that we got to see a bit into these guys as characters. We learn why Laurence is the way he is and a little bit of who Nick is as well.
I really, really adored this story but there was one big issue I had – the head hopping. At first you don’t notice it but then the author went from Laurence’s POV to his best friend, Amanda’s, POV. Which really threw me for a loop because I felt like we didn’t need Amanda’s POV at all and, well, Amanda IS a female voice so the sudden change was jarring. This happened so much that I grew slightly annoyed with it, which lessened my enjoyment just a bit 😦
All in all, still a really cute, sweet short story. I loved seeing Laurence slowly thaw and how much of a role Nick played in that. I loved that the Scrooge found his holiday spirit and pretty much saved the day. I wish it had less head hopping because this would have definitely been a 5 star book for me if the writing was just a bit more tightened up. Definitely give this a go if you’re interested in Christmas stories with a dash of Scrooge-ness to it!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*