Reviewed by Ami and Nikyta
Title: Krampus Hates Christmas
Author: Andi Van
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Karl & Lewis
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 104 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Karl Kringle hates the modern-day Christmas. He was born to be Krampus, but the Holiday Council refuses to let him help his brother Nick—aka Santa Claus—with the Naughty List until he finds his holiday spirit. To meet that challenge, he’s turned human and dumped in a strange apartment.
Lewis Weatherby loves the holidays and always has. Not only do his parents own a pumpkin patch and tree farm, he’s also inherited a Christmas-themed shop. All he wants from Santa is the man of his dreams, and the Big Guy might’ve just delivered. Lewis’s new neighbor Karl is gorgeous, sweet, and has a fantastic sense of humor—if his jokes about being Krampus are any indication.
Soon getting home is less important to Karl than what will happen when Lewis inevitably realizes the truth behind his jokes. He’s finally starting to understand the real joy of the season—now he just has to figure out how to hold on to it.
I honestly didn’t know what I would’ve been getting into when I started this. I decided to request the ARC simply because a friend posted her reactions on Twitter and she seemed to have so much fun. I was curious, so I asked for it.
Well, I had FUN reading this! It was sweet but also had a dose of angst near the end that got me all sniffy. This novella was written with both Karl’s (the Krampus) and Lewis’ (the human) point of views. So we can see how they are attracted to one another. I enjoyed it even more that it started as friendship rather than jumping immediately to lust and sex.
Karl was my favorite character here – he was actually like a fuzzy cuddly teddy bear, despite his ‘bad’ reputation. Krampus is known in the folklore to punish the bad children, kidnap them, or drag them to hell. But not Karl – he resents Christmas because he sees the toll that the holiday does to his twin brother, Nick (a.k.a. Santa Claus). He wants so badly to help Nick with his burden, but he can’t really get into ‘the job’ by hating it, can he? Well, with Lewis on his side, Karl learns to love Christmas season again.
Lewis on the other hand, didn’t charm me much. At times I thought he acted younger than his 43-years-old age and it threw me off a bit. I didn’t dislike him but to be honest, he paled in comparison to his scene-stealer best friend, Jerry.
I thought Jerry was hilarious and such a delight. Even Nick and Noel (Noel is Nick’s husband, Karl’s brother-in-law) as well as Lewis’ niece, Lizzie, stole my heart more compared to Lewis. I liked Lewis when he was with Krampus, of course. However, on his own, he was just a regular MC. Luckily Karl and the rest of the characters were good enough for me.
All in all, Krampus Hates Christmas is a lovely holiday story – sprinkled with magic of the season.
Ami’s Overall Impression: I really liked it
This was such a great little fun story! When I started this book, I found it interesting that Karl (Krampus) was portrayed as a more sensitive character than what he is in folklore. I loved that Karl just wanted to help his brother, Nick (Santa Claus), and lessen some of Nick’s responsibility by taking them on. Unfortunately, no one wants to give him a chance because of his lack of holiday spirit. So when he’s dropped into the human work, it was adorable to see him try to get comfortable in his human skin.
What I really enjoyed about this story, though, is the relationship between Lewis and Karl. I loved that they started off as friends and then slowly got closer and closer. I really liked that Lewis helped Karl see what he was missing with not enjoying the holidays and getting his spirit back. I especially loved the times they went to go see Karl’s family and I really liked how they embraced Karl so easily. My only compliant is I wished it had been a little longer! I would have liked to really get deeper into the characters relationship and ending because I thought it was a little too ‘neat’ to wrap everything up.
In the end, probably my favorite story out of this Advent Calendar so far. I loved that Karl was forced into trying to find his holiday spirit and Lewis helped him see what he was missing. I wished it had been a little longer so we could have explored things between Karl and Lewis. Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a short, cute story about Krampus finding a human to love and finding his holiday spirit in the process.
Nikyta’s Overall Impression: I really liked it
*We received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for fair and honest reviews.*