Reviewed by Ami
Title: Anyplace Else
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Grant Beaudoin/Predimir
Genre: MM Holiday
Length: 33 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Grant Beaudoin should be thrilled to escape Minneapolis at Christmastime and grateful to lounge on a Hawaiian beach. Instead he is mired in self-pity and drowning in too much tequila. His twin is marrying the perfect man, while Grant is stuck in middle management with no love life in sight. A walk into the rain forest leads to a meeting with a doomed man who has a story about a holiday that predates Christmas. Grant comes to realize that difficult endings can lead to new beginnings—and perhaps a brighter future.
Review: Kim Fielding is one of my favorite authors – I think her stories, her characters, and her world-building is solid. Unfortunately, this is one that just didn’t work.
First of all, the sudden appearance of a mythical god in this contemporary setting somehow threw me off completely – I didn’t really read the blurb when I requested this – then what followed was just a whole lot of weird and a little disturbing, in my humble opinion. There was even a scene of Grant digging a hole to look for a skull. Uhm, too much of a Halloween creepiness for a holiday story.
And honestly, I couldn’t see this as a romance somewhat, especially with what Grant has to deal with when he chose to be with Predimir. For me, it is actually sad and I can’t imagine myself in Grant’s shoes. Then again, Grant and Predimir’s relationship was a little too short, and probably needed a whole lot of faith to accept. So maybe that’s a sign of true love.
I just can’t seem to suspend my disbelief…
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*