Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Probability of Mistletoe
Author: E.J. Russell
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Keith & Parker
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 43 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When software engineer Keith Trainor decides to start his own company, he knows exactly who he wants as his partner: Parker Mulvaney, his best friend from high school. But in the ten years since graduation, their contact has dwindled to nothing, and it’s all Keith’s fault. If he hadn’t tried to kiss Parker under the mistletoe at the winter formal their senior year, Parker wouldn’t have bolted. At their ten-year reunion, Keith intends to do everything in his geeky power to make amends.
Parker should have known that scheduling the reunion the day before Christmas Eve was a recipe for a headache of monster proportions. But when Keith sends a text that he’ll be attending, the evening doesn’t look so bleak. Can an unnecessary makeover, a nostalgic breakfast, an abortive shopping trip, and a whole lot of mistletoe culminate in a long-overdue first kiss?
Keith and Parker used to be close friends when they were young but when Keith tries to kiss Parker during a school dance, it caused them to drift apart. Now ten years later, Parker is heading the reunion and gets word that Keith is coming. However, while Parker is hoping to rekindle something that never got a chance to start, Keith has a little something else in mind. Ten years ago, it just wasn’t the right moment but now that they’re meeting up again, will they be able to overcome the ten years apart with a little mistletoe to help them out?
I enjoyed this one a lot but I was confused why Keith was banking on Parker being his business partner so much. I mean, he hadn’t seen Parker for ten years so how did he even know Parker had that kind of money to invest in Keith’s future business? Add to that, I just didn’t get why it was ‘all or nothing’ for Keith. As in, if Parker couldn’t be his business partner then he would have lost everything. It just didn’t make sense to me. However, I loved the fact that Parker put mistletoe everywhere so Keith couldn’t get out of giving him at least one kiss.
In the end, I really liked this story. It’s adorable and I loved that Parker and Keith reconnect after so long. I didn’t understand Keith’s motivations but I still liked this quick story.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*