Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Duncan is an ocean from home over the holidays and expects to spend them alone. To his pleasant surprise, one of his European co-workers, Georg, befriends him and includes Duncan in the holiday traditions of his homeland: cutting a Christmas tree under starry skies at Georg’s country estate, decorating it at the family’s city home, and shopping at the Christmas market in Munich. Both men are lonely and realize they have much in common. But Georg’s life is in Germany and Duncan’s is in Boston. With the project they’re working on nearing completion, any chance for more than a holiday fling seems as elusive as stardust.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
It is that time of year again. The holiday season when cheesy stories of love and good will abound. I started this particular holiday season eager for these kinds of tales. I was in a slump in real life and needed that holiday cheer to well..cheer me up. However, my joy quickly faded as story after story became over the top predictable and just too sappy and happy. My slump followed me into my reading. However, the Dreamspinner Advent stories were released and my outlook on holiday stories changed. The other two stories I have read thus for were not romantic and only mildly cheesy. They broke me out of the holiday story funk I was in and renewed my eagerness for me. And I am so glad they did because I gave Stardust a shot and I was so moved that I may have cried a bit at the ending.
This was a slow and steady story of two very different men forming an emotional connection. They story took place in a country that I have never visited so I greatly enjoyed the scenic descriptions and cultural referenced included. I loved the idea of grinding glass and even looked it up online for more information. I love when a story teaches me new things and this on did so both from the mirror perspective as well as from a cultural perspective.
However, that was not what stole the show for me. It was the quiet and reserved romance that evolved between the men. This was not a HEA but a HFN and this appealed to the realist in me. I love that the author did not force things to be perfect when the situation did not allow for it. But mostly, I loved the Christmas gifts each man gave to the other. Both were utterly thoughtful and rather perfect for the circumstances. The way the author created this story was beyond anything I have read from him lately. I loved Stardust and will read it again and again.
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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