Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: An Open Window
Author: Rick R. Reed
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Henry & Jim
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 21 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.
Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s bad, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.
I enjoyed this one a lot. I loved the idea behind Henry being homeless and looking to do a little B&E to find some warmth. I loved that Jim didn’t outright throw him out. While I didn’t like that it was told in alternating POVs from the present and past, I found the story to be really intriguing.
However, while I enjoyed it, it was way too short. It had so much potential but this one felt like a snippet of an overall story and not a story that could be read on its own. For one, we really don’t know the characters’ backgrounds. I mean, why was Henry homeless? How did he lose so much in such a short time? We know Jim enough to understand him but not Henry, IMO. I think the short could have been about double this sized and we would have been able to get to know the characters more so it didn’t feel so one-dimensional in the end.
Overall, this was a cute little story. It had a lot of potential and I loved the premise. I hope Mr. Reed considers writing this into a full-blown novel because I’d love to see how the characters got to where they were and then see what happens next because this one just ends without us really getting to see how they became a couple. It just felt like a huge chunk of the story was missing.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*