Author: Briana Lawrence
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Ty prepares for the holiday season by kicking out his cheating boyfriend and consoling himself with chocolate and cold Chinese food. Unfortunately, rent and bills force him to grab a pair of red-and-white tights and pretend to be in the holiday spirit as a mall elf. Thankfully, there’s a janitor who’s too handsome for the part of a mop pusher to help distract him.
Nikolas the Janitor sweeps Ty off his feet with his smile and generous spirit. Ty wishes he could fall in love as easily as a romantic comedy, but his ex still holds a piece of his heart. Ty wants to accept Nikolas as his new secret Santa, but he might be doomed to pine after his ex all Christmas long.
Keeping the Cookies by Briana Lawrence is another holiday story I had a hard time making my way through. It was sweet, cute, and hot. It should have ticked all my holiday story buttons. Since it is Christmas fantasy, I didn’t have to worry about suspending disbelief. So I just went with it.
The story of one man who just can’t move on from a cheating former lover but finds a Christmas Miracle with the help of his best friend had the potential to be a trope lovers delight. However, in the end it just wasn’t a win for me.
The grammar used by the main characters grated on me. I understand it was supposed to be colloquial and connect the reader to the character more, but since it hit all my grammar pet peeves, I found that difficult.
“Really, Ty,” he says, walking over to my stereo and shutting it off. “I thought you were done doing this shit. This ain’t cute no more.”
I never felt a connection to the characters or between then characters. Honestly, until the last few pages, I was sure the love interest was ultimately going to be someone else. Truth be told; that would have probably made the entire story work better for me.
I don’t see the relationship between the love interests as real or even possible. I found some of the twists to be even less believable, even within the realm of the fantasy Lawrence created for us.
In the end this story was just not for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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