A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
Chess and Benjamin are casual lovers, each hiding his devotion to the other and his wish for more. But Chess is a wealthy playboy who—Benjamin believes—will never settle down. And Chess is sure, with the way Benjamin keeps him at arm’s length, that he can’t be interested in getting serious.
They’re destined for a head-on collision as Chess plans for a holiday escape designed to send Benjamin’s ardor spiking like the temperatures in Los Angeles, while Benjamin desperately drags his feet, wanting to cool things down to protect his vulnerable heart. But when the ghosts of Chess’s Christmas past and Benjamin’s unwelcome present converge at LAX, it’s obvious there are other forces at play and about to take over.
Drawn into their respective family dramas at a joint gathering, will Chess and Benjamin finally take a stand for each other and the relationship they both want, or will the holiday finally take its toll?
Christelle's rating :
Death to Christmas sweaters (yes, the tittle makes sense – just imagine getting a reindeer or snowflake sweater every year for Christmas, LOL !) is a Friends-with-benefits to lover romance happening during Christmas time and Christmas celebrations between Chess, a rich play-boy and Benjamin, a more taciturn guy.
It was difficult for me to fully understand not the characters but what united them and their reluctance to share their feelings and fear of unreciprocating love. It’s the issue I have with short stories : it usually goes too fast for me to relate.
However, the characters’ POVs are well-written and I enjoyed the family drama around Christmas introduced in a light tone despite the heaviness behind it. And my sappy side was satisfied with the ending !
ARC of “Death to Christmas sweaters” was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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