Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Guess Who’s Coming to Karamu
Author: Cy Blanca
Series: 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes
Heroes: Grant & Will
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 25 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Grant Cary, a twenty-eight-year-old grad student, has let his Kwanzaa shopping go to the very last minute. In his rush to get home, he quite literally bumps into Will Sheritan, a fortysomething software developer, in the elevator. But luck favors (or curses) the adventurous, because their elevator shuts down due to a blackout. Grant and Will learn about each other’s pasts and find more than just a casual interest.
Will has never celebrated Kwanzaa, and he’s reluctant to enter into a relationship, but exploring a new tradition—with a new friend—might brighten his lonely holiday. And if Will accepts Grant’s invitation to join his family for the Karamu feast, Grant might get his Imani gift early.
This was a super cute story. I love the premise of Grant and Will getting stuck in an elevator together because they’re forced to spend time together. I also really enjoyed Grant as a character. He has no filter when it comes to what he thinks so he seems to speak what he thinks a lot. I also enjoyed the visceral reaction he has to Will when he sees him. It was adorable seeing them get to know each other while they’re stuck in an elevator because they have a few deep moments.
While I enjoyed this one and liked the aspect that Kwanzaa gave to it, I wished it had been longer. I wished we could have seen them spend time together outside of the elevator and really wished we could have seen Will meeting Grant’s family and experiencing Kwanzaa with them.
All in all, though, this was a very cute story and I adored Grant as a character and how he bonded with Will in the elevator. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them because I want to see where things go from here!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*