Title: Analog to Digital (2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug)
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 1st December, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 39
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
For years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless.
In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.
This is a delightful short holiday read from the 2016 Bah Humbug Advent Calendar.
Despite living together, Toby was forever stating he never wanted to get married. Ethan went along with that wish, but always crossed his fingers behind his back whenever he claimed he didn’t want to marry Toby either.
“We don’t need anything more to prove to the world we love each other.”
Yet it’s something Ethan longs for. He loves Toby and would like nothing more than to get married.
With some persuasion Toby gets him to agree to go home for the holidays. But Ethan is grumpy in the run up to Christmas. (Bah Humbug!) Everything seems to annoy him, even the names of his sister’s three dogs! He’s a workaholic and still has work to do before he can enjoy himself. The fact that Ethan’s sister is renewing her wedding vows that week has him feeling jealous and snarky. Ethan feels left out because he thinks it will never happen for them.
When Toby leaves him to finish his work and helps with the wedding preparations instead, Ethan feels alone, but doesn’t offer to get involved. As the days pass, Ethan thinks Toby is now avoiding him. He works himself into a state, thinking Toby is going to break up with him because he’s not spending much time with him. Ethan realizes he’s been neglecting his man by being absorbed in work and that it might be too late for them. He’s on the verge of packing up and going home, but he stays for his sister’s sake and attends the wedding.
I particularly liked the resolution to this story. Ethan is surprised when he finds out what Toby has been up to. The reader has clues along the way. The scene brought tears to my eyes and put a smile on my face. It’s a lovely uplifting short story, with realistic main characters who gained my sympathy and affection. Ethan’s family members are super too.
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