Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Wreck the Halls
Author: Jessica Payseur
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Paul & Nick
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 46 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Business has been good at Paul’s Café in Madison, Wisconsin—until a few months before Christmas. When Nick opens Nick’s Restaurant next door, Paul watches his customers leave for cheaper food and an owner who smiles more. With his livelihood at stake, Paul lashes out, trying to drive away Nick’s customers, but Nick won’t go easy, and escalating sabotage threatens to ruin the holidays for both of them.
Paul thinks all he wants for Christmas is to see Nick’s Restaurant go under, but the more he tries to drive Nick away, the less he’s sure he wants him to go. Nick is everything Paul secretly craves, but by the time he realizes Nick is all he really wants for the holidays, he might have ruined any chance for them to get together. And there might not be a present in the world that can fix that.
This was a pretty cute story. Paul immediately hates Nick when Nick opens his business next door especially when he loses customers to Nick. It was kind of funny how Paul took that so personally and acted out over it. It was interesting to see what Nick and Paul did to each other as retaliation and revenge towards each other. I did love the chemistry between them and how fiery they both could get. When they finally got together, I absolutely adored them but wished there had been more of what happens next.
So while I enjoyed this one, I thought it was a little messed up that they both took things far enough to really hurt the other’s business. Their antics were funny but when it caused them to lose customers so drastically, I was a little put off by it. Also, the fact that Nick liked seeing Paul angry just wasn’t my cup of tea, IMO.
In the end, I still found this one enjoyable. I liked the bickering and the rivalry between Paul and Nick. I liked that they started off on such a bad foot. I didn’t exactly enjoy them really when they went over the line but I did like when they felt really guilty and tried to make up for what they did. They were cute when they finally got together.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*