Thursday, December 13, 2018

DSP Advent Calendar Review: Death to Christmas Sweater by LE Franks

Title: Death to Christmas Sweater
Author: LE Franks
Category: Holiday, Advent
Pages: 56

Dreamspinner Press

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?

3.5 Stars

I wasn't too sure what to expect with this book at first. Both Chess and Benjamin were interested in the other and had been engaging in a friends-with-benefits arrangement for almost a year, and the two wanted more, yet neither of them thought the other one did. Then both their families get thrown into the mix and things move at such a fast pace that nearly gave me whiplash.

I wish the author had expanded a bit there at the end, given us an epilogue maybe, because even if things got sort of resolved it was a bit too abrupt for my taste. Anyway, this was a good, short read, with likable characters (if we don't count Benjamin's mother that is) and a strong HFN.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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