Roger (Belen’s Review)

Title: Roger
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 20th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Holiday Novella
Page Count: 51 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Texas native Colt Burrow isn’t happy about his third cold, lonely Christmas in frozen Michigan. But when fate sends him a gift in the form of an abandoned puppy, he can’t keep his heart from melting. With the puppy’s companionship, he doesn’t feel so isolated anymore, and the holidays don’t seem as bleak. He even finds enough Christmas spirit to take Roger tree shopping. But just when Colt’s starting to hope Roger’s owner doesn’t show up… he does, and Colt doesn’t want to say goodbye.

Will Roger end up being Colt’s Christmas heartbreak… or his Christmas miracle?

Texas transplant Colt Burrow has spent the last three years alone in Michigan after moving to get away from a painful breakup. But not having anyone to spend the holidays with has been making Colt into a bit of a grump.

There was something painfully sad about spending the holidays alone.

A few nights before Christmas he finds a puppy by his back deck and because temperatures will be well below zero with the wind chill by morning, he decides to bring the dog in. Though wearing a tag that clearly shows the dog’s name is “Roger” the side that would have shown contact information is scratched up and unreadable. So Colt holds on to the puppy while checking everywhere he can for the owner.

Roger ends up thawing the ice around Colt’s heart and making the season a little brighter.

Roger had other ideas and climbed up into Colt’s lap, nearly knocking the cup out of Colt’s hand. Colt didn’t even mind the wetness or the weight when he stood up, and Roger laid his head on Colt’s shoulder. The joy in such a simple act made Colt’s chest swell. Such trust and unconditional love did Colt’s heart good, and the happiness of the day intensified.

The only dark spot is the worry that Roger’s owner will show up and take Roger away. Of course, Roger’s owner eventually does shows up, but never fear – this story has a happy ending!

The story focuses more on Colt’s transformation from cranky to good-tempered with an open heart and is told in a third person, single POV. I would have liked a little more fleshing out of the romance portion of the story because there’s only a couple of interactions between Colt and Roger’s owner, Killian, before the HEA epilogue – so that part felt a little forced. But it is only a 51 page novella and, like I said, the focus is definitely more on Colt.

All in all though, this is a cute, low angst, super quick, holiday read with warmth, some humor (especially for dog owners), and a HEA. Definitely more for those who love dogs and don’t mind no sex and the romance on the back burner.

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Galley copy of Roger provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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