Title: Handmade Holidays (NineStar Press 2017 Holiday Series)
Author: ‘Nathan Burgoine
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday M/M
Page Count: 68
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
At nineteen, Nick is alone for the holidays and facing reality: this is how it will be from now on. Refusing to give up completely, Nick buys a Christmas tree, and then realizes he has no ornaments. A bare tree and an empty apartment aren’t a great start, but a visit from his friend Haruto is just the ticket to get him through this first, worst, Christmas. A box of candy canes and a hastily folded paper crane might not be the best ornaments, but it’s a place to start.
A year later, Nick has realized he’s not the only one with nowhere to go, and he hosts his first “Christmas for the Misfit Toys.” Haruto brings Nick an ornament for Nick’s tree, and a tradition—and a new family—is born.
As years go by, Nick, Haruto, and their friends face love, betrayal, life, and death. Every ornament on Nick’s tree is another year, another story, and another chance at the one thing Nick has wanted since the start: someone who’d share more than the holidays with him.
Of course, Nick might have already missed his shot at the one, and it might be too late.
Still, after fifteen Christmases, Nick is ready to risk it all for the best present yet.
I was really missing some romance here. I was pretty bored with reading 14 Christmases with Nick spending it with his friends, who I absolutely did not connect with, and one Christmas with his love.
Every chapter is one Christmas, so I felt as if Nick’s life mostly happened off page, since we constantly skipped an entire year.
We get to read about Nick and how he tries to celebrate Christmas since his 19th, when his family kicks him out. He has a small group of friends and we get to read about them celebrating 15 Christmases together. I was kind of done after Christmas number 3 to be honest.
Just don’t expect much romance, since that only happens in the last 3 pages. We do get to see Nick dating someone else for years and the love dates someone else too.
Not really the holiday story for me.