Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Pining for Perfect
Author: Ki Brightly
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Asher & Stokely
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 61 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Stokely leads a solitary life, trying to do all the right things. He has a solid, respectable job, a properly decorated, respectable apartment, and goes to work every single day, no matter what. But it’s Christmas, and he hates Christmas, especially since his one guilty pleasure, listening to Asher Banks on the radio, is ruined with upbeat, holiday garbage.
Asher is the polar opposite—he loves Christmas to a fault and schedules himself into the ground with fundraisers to help the local community. When Asher and Stokely meet during one of the holiday spectacles Asher has thrown together, sparks fly, but neither one of them has ever had a real Christmas—or a real home. Will they be able to make one with each other?
This was an interesting story. I liked that Stokely hated Christmas so much. He wasn’t exactly a scrooge because he actually helps people for a living but he’s very anti-holiday. Asher is the complete opposite and he adores Christmas. As a radio host, he’s literally scheduled every day of December with an event plus he does what he can to volunteer. It was interesting to see how they meet especially since Stokely has a massive crush on Asher. I liked the chemistry they had and I liked that Asher and Stokely met half-way in their differences.
While I liked this story, I found it went slow at first and then really fast in the end. I mean, it takes a while to get to the point where Asher and Stokely meet and date but then shortly after that they were confessing their love. I found it really odd because Asher had only met Stokely a few times before that.
In the end, I liked this one. The characters are intriguing with how different they are but I found their overall progressive a little slow and then too fast. Still, it’s an enjoyable read.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*