Reviewed by Ami and Nikyta
Author: Ann Anderson
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Marcus & James
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 35 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Marcus and James started dating a few years ago, James invited Marcus home to spend the holidays with his close, Christmas-loving family. Marcus quickly realized once was enough, and since then, he’s stayed behind.
But this year will be different. Though the festivity and chaos make Marcus uncomfortable, he loves James, and he’s decided to put aside his unease so they can spend Christmas together—even if it means losing his hotel room to one of James’s siblings, braving the cold to go caroling, and battling the crowds so the children can visit Santa. It’ll all be worth it if Marcus can take his place in the family’s traditions—and maybe begin a new tradition for the two of them.
Since this short holiday story features an established couple who has been together for several years, as well as a promise of a surprise from Marcus to his lover, James, I already had a feeling on how it would end. I am sure other readers will do too.
The most important thing is how Marcus gets there, and I thought that process was sweet. I loved Marcus’ attempts to keep the surprise from James; roping help from his future father-in-law. The end result made me literally go awwww.
James’ family seems to embrace the spirit of Christmas 110% — they are really big on traditions, including no PDA around the house. Definitely put a blocker on Marcus and James wanting to get some sexy times.
I did like James’ family. They welcomed Marcus with ease, James’ mother even insists on Marcus calling her “Mom”. So yes, there might be that no-PDA rule, but I don’t think it’s strictly for the gay couple, but also applies for their other children and their spouses.
I enjoyed spending time, despite it being quick, with this couple and the rest of the family. I just wish that Ms. Anderson had added a couple of more pages in the end because I wanted to see prolonged reactions from all the characters.
Ami’s Impression: I liked it!
This book was a lot of fun. I really liked that James’ family had such Christmas traditions and that the whole family participated in the traditions. It was sweet seeing how much Marcus wanted to make this season really special for James and I so very much loved James’ parents! Especially his father, who was so set on getting the outside lights up and just didn’t have the time. I also liked that the family really loved Marcus and embraced him so much that they missed him during all the other years he missed.
While I adored the story, I wish it had been longer. It sucks that these stories are so short because I really wish we could really get into them. Aside from that, there were random sentences about other traditions or certain things that weren’t elaborated on that left me a bit confused.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and I loved James’ family, especially his father. I’ll definitely be looking into more books by this author and readers should definitely give this one a go if they’re looking for something quick and sweet!
Nikyta’s Impression: I really liked it!
*We received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for fair and honest reviews.*