Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Driven to Distraction
Author: Cassie Decker
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Wyatt & Brady
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 23 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Cowboys Wyatt and Brady are competing in a team-roping event in Missoula, Montana’s annual Christmas Eve rodeo. Christmas is Wyatt’s favorite time of year and nothing is going to dampen his holiday spirit, not even his surly, no-nonsense roping partner. They’ve only been riding together for a week, but Wyatt has already secretly fallen head over bootheels for Brady, though it’s painfully obvious Brady only has eyes for the rodeo’s grand prize purse.
When Brady is distracted during a crucial moment in the night’s first roping run and nearly disqualifies them, Wyatt is almost certain he is going to be another of Brady’s many rejected partners. Will Wyatt and Brady be able to sort out their differences and work together to win the grand prize? Maybe, if Wyatt can show Brady that Christmas really is a time for miracles.
When I read the blurb for this short story, I was really intrigued by this one so I was looking forward to reading it. The blurb does a pretty good job of describing the story without giving much away. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed with the actual story. I loved the premise and how Wyatt and Brady were partners in the roping competition and how Brady couldn’t seem to stay focused when he was around Wyatt. I also loved getting deeper into who Brady was and why he was so cold and distant.
However, I was a little disappointed in the execution of the story. For one, while it was told in Wyatt’s POV, I felt like I didn’t know Wyatt at all so it was hard for me to like him. I felt like the author focused so much on the sex that it overwhelmed the story and didn’t allow the characters to be really explored. The story was just way too short for there to essentially be one long sex scene.
In the end, this story had a lot of potential but didn’t live up to it, IMO. I liked Brady as a character but there wasn’t much depth to Wyatt and too much sex for such a short story. However, I know some readers will like a story mostly of smut so if the blurb intrigues you, you should still give it a go.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*