Reviewed by Ami
Title: Ghostwriter of Christmas past
Author: T.A. Moore
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Genre: M/M Contemporary Holiday
Length: 57 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ever since ghostwriter Jason Burke ended up in loco parentis for his orphaned niece, Mallory, he’s been trying. He goes to parent/teacher events, and he makes packed lunches, so he definitely didn’t mean to forget about Christmas. He just hasn’t celebrated it since he left home under a cloud years ago.
Put on the spot, Jason makes the snap decision to take Mallory to see where he and her father spent their Christmases as kids. The last thing he expects is to run into Tommy, his ex—ex-best friend, ex-boyfriend—who is still living in town… and working as a sheriff’s deputy.
It’s hard to avoid someone in a small town—and maybe Jason doesn’t want to. He got Mallory a Christmas, and maybe now it’s time to get himself a Christmas boyfriend. But first, he owes Tommy some explanations.
Review: I am really BIG on second-chance romance and I like the idea of a ghostwriter for a character. Unfortunately, this didn’t completely work for me. For one thing, it felt like there was too much happening… at the same time, nothing was clear about the reason WHY Jason left the town in the first place.
Maybe there were clues within Jason and Tommy’s talks, but for me it felt like they never let me, as a reader, into their discussions, you know? I think Jason’s father doesn’t like his son’s relationship … and maybe there’s even domestic abuse? It was never fully explored.
I also felt that Mallory, the niece sounded too old for her age.
Everything else felt too abrupt, and I personally HATED the ending because it was a bit ridiculously rushed just for the sake of an HFN. There are THINGS to take care of, to discuss about such decision. I’m not really sure they will actually make it if this is the case.
It wasn’t too bad though. I really liked Tommy and my heart went out to him when he was face to face with the guy who left him behind. I liked this story for Tommy; he made it good.
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*