Author: Andi Van
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/05/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
Karl Kringle hates the modern-day Christmas. He was born to be Krampus, but the Holiday Council refuses to let him help his brother Nick—aka Santa Claus—with the Naughty List until he finds his holiday spirit. To meet that challenge, he’s turned human and dumped in a strange apartment.
Lewis Weatherby loves the holidays and always has. Not only do his parents own a pumpkin patch and tree farm, he’s also inherited a Christmas-themed shop. All he wants from Santa is the man of his dreams, and the Big Guy might’ve just delivered. Lewis’s new neighbor Karl is gorgeous, sweet, and has a fantastic sense of humor—if his jokes about being Krampus are any indication.
Soon getting home is less important to Karl than what will happen when Lewis inevitably realizes the truth behind his jokes. He’s finally starting to understand the real joy of the season—now he just has to figure out how to hold on to it.
Krampus Hates Christmas was a delightful offering from this year’s Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar: Bah Humbug. It is one of the longer stories in the collection and it used its pages wisely. I loved the holiday atmosphere and the cast of characters. Everything and everyone were borderline perfect but it made for a warm and enjoyable tale.
I loved finding out more about Krampus and his role in the winter season holidays. It made me want to go look it up for even more detail. I also liked the imaginings on how Santa works and the mythology behind it. I adored Karl and Lewis and was rooting for them the whole way.
Definitely check out this gem.
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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