Title: The Stockings Were Hung (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug)
Author: Cassie Sweet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2016
Page Count: 44
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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.
I’m actually pretty sad that I didn’t like this story more, because A)the writing was really, really good, and B) I just loved Kong, the “hundred-pound malamute with delusions of being a lap dog.”
But the characters and the plot? Good God, they frustrated the bejesus out of me!!!
I didn’t buy Drew’s story at all. I didn’t buy his reasons for leaving Hill seven years ago. I didn’t even buy that his feelings for Hill were as strong as he claimed them to be. Who leaves the love of their life without even a real explanation, because
“Hill was always the leader and Drew the follower. It had scared him enough, losing his identity to an amalgamation of them versus his individuality, that he had no choice but to try and make it on his own.”
So what, it makes perfect sense to leave just like that?
As for Drew? What a freaking drama queen! For the majority of this book he kept whining and bitching and complaining. Also, when you want to hold a grudge and discourage someone from pursuing you, you don’t agree to a trip with them. And if you do agree, please stop whining!
Also, how is it possible that Hill didn’t recognize Drew at first? It was seven years, not seventy!