Title: Krampus Hates Christmas (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug)
Author: Andi Van
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 1st Dec, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, Holidays, Novella
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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” is a delightful holiday romance novella. Santa Claus is always the main feature for Christmas holidays but in this book we have a new hero who is not a big fan of Christmas at all. This read is all about Krampus, Santa Claus’s twin brother, regaining his Christmas spirit and falling in love with a human and finding his HEA.
Krampus loves his brother and always wants to help him fulfill his huge responsibility every year of providing joy and love to every children on earth. But the Christmas council is not sold on him helping St. Nick. Their excuse being: Krampus does not have the required Christmas spirit to take up the job. Krampus has always been rejected and this year is no different. So needless to say he is pissed. To help him get out of his funk, Krampus’ brother-in-law, Noel (yes guys, Santa Claus is gay!!!) sends him to California.
Disguised as a human, Krampus meets Lewis Weatherby, his neighbor. Lewis is sweet and nerdy and loves Christmas. His whole life and even his family’s revolve around Christmas. Krampus finds a friend in Lewis and in a few days he becomes a part of Lewis’s life as well as his family’s. He finds himself falling in love with Lewis as well as getting his much needed Christmas spirit back. But Krampus is on a clock. The human illusion he has on will wear off soon enough and then Lewis will find out who he really is. Will Lewis still love and accept him after Krampus’ true form and identity is revealed??? Read to find out.
This book reminded me of the movie “Thor”. Just like Thor, Krampus never lies about his job or his identity. Lewis thinks that he has an overactive imagination while us readers just waited for the big reveal. This story has no such angst. Lewis getting his much awaited HEA with a mythical creature is nicely done.
I loved the deviation of the focus from Santa Claus to his less known mythical twin who is more naughty than nice. Krampus is mainly known in a few countries of Europe and I loved learning about him and Krampusnacht. But unlike his fearsome reputation as a half-demon with horns, Krampus here is a big softie who had so much love in him. I loved the author’s rendition of the inner workings of Holiday Council and Santa’s married and work life. Read this book and you will get your answer to one of the biggest Christmas mysteries of all: How is Santa able to deliver all the presents in one night???? So I hope your interest is peeked.
This book is a fun read. It is full of holiday cheer thus making it a perfect read for the holiday season of Christmas. So read this book and find out how Santa’s fearsome twin gets his HEA!!!