Author: Reni Kieffer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
When Jake takes his boyfriend Ian home to celebrate Christmas with his parents in the Finnish woods, Ian, a skeptic by nature who has to deny his preference for guys in front of his own family, is not only worried about the reaction of Jake’s family, but also about the feast itself—and the cold. However, within minutes, Jake’s parents make Ian feel warm, welcome, and at home, and begin to introduce him to their Christmas traditions.
The visit goes smoothly until Jake’s ex-girlfriend barges in and drops a bomb that shatters their peace and harmony—a tiny detail Jake failed to mention to his boyfriend. Angry and hurt, Ian struggles to let go of the past and focus on the blessings surrounding him.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
What started out as a simple trip home for the holidays, turned out to be a time of introspection and relationship growth. This was a cute short story told from Ian’s point of view. The tone of this tale was a bit snarky but not overdone. There was no real plot but there was some good relationship angst that came in the form of one venomous ex-fiancee. Her appearance forced Ian to turn his thoughts inward and face his feelings for Jake. Being Ian’s first real relationship, this encounter shows how immature, yet grown up he can be. I liked this short story. It was sweet but the angst took the overly sugary aspect away. It worked 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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