Title: Ghostwriter of Christmas Past (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: T.A. Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2017
Page Count: 57
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Ever since ghostwriter Jason Burke ended up in loco parentis for his orphaned niece, Mallory, he’s been trying. He goes to parent/teacher events, and he makes packed lunches, so he definitely didn’t mean to forget about Christmas. He just hasn’t celebrated it since he left home under a cloud years ago.
Put on the spot, Jason makes the snap decision to take Mallory to see where he and her father spent their Christmases as kids. The last thing he expects is to run into Tommy, his ex—ex-best friend, ex-boyfriend—who is still living in town… and working as a sheriff’s deputy.
It’s hard to avoid someone in a small town—and maybe Jason doesn’t want to. He got Mallory a Christmas, and maybe now it’s time to get himself a Christmas boyfriend. But first, he owes Tommy some explanations.
I have mixed feelings about this one. There were things I really liked, but some others…not so much.
I loved the second-chance theme. I totally felt the connection between the characters. I also liked the little girl. She did speak like an older kid a couple of times, but a tragedy tends to do that to people, so it was a non-issue to me.
My favorite thing was the writing. This is my first story by Moore, and I LOVE her writing. Very evocative and on-point, with the potential to bring all the feelz.
However, this was the most unsatisfying, tentative HFN ever. Also, because of the short length, the reunion felt too abrubt. There is just too much between the MCs left unsaid.