The Stockings Were Hung by Cassie Sweet ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Title: The Stockings Were Hung
Series: 2016 advent Calendar – Bah Humbug

Author: Cassie Sweet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Cassie Sweet

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/07/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday

Blurb:

Hill hates Christmas.

The shoppers. The cheer. The drama. All of it.

Each holiday season is a painful reminder that seven years before, his lover, Drew, walked out of his life and moved across the country, leaving Hill like a cup of rotten eggnog. Now Drew is back and wants Hill to put a little jingle in his bells. Well, not this Scrooge.

Drew admits he moved to get away from Hill—but not for the reasons Drew gave him all those years ago. Some of his best memories are of Christmases he celebrated with Hill, and he wants nothing more than to spend a little holly jolly with the only man he’s ever loved. However, getting Hill to agree to a reunion is going to take a Christmas miracle.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug.”

My View:

I have a love hate relationship with The Stockings Were Hung by Cassie Sweet.  It is a second chance romance, which I generally love, but I never connected with the characters.  I thought Drew’s reasons for leaving Hill were sophomoric at best, selfish at worst.  I thought Hill’s insistence on hating all things Christmas because Drew left him on Christmas eve are immature.  I also thought there reconciliation was too fast.  Honestly, I think the meat of this story happened off the page and out of the readers sight.  

There could have been so much more to this story.  We could have explored more the reasons Drew left.  We could have explored more the reasons he returned.  We could have explored Drew’s parent’s disdain for Hill.  We could have done a lot of things to make this story complete.  As it is, I felt we had the outline of a story.

This story isn’t all bad, of course.  If you can get past the lack of depth to the characters and the plot, it is sweet and cute.  It is a nice miracle of the holidays story.

Links

The Stockings Were Hung on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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