Roger (Susan’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
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 0 flame 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?

This was cute, but more about Roger, the dog, than the romance. And I am more okay with that in a holiday short than in my regular shorts/novellas/books, so this was a nice read anyway.

Colt hasn’t been in the holiday mood since he moved 3 years ago. He needed to get away from his ex, but he ended up far away from his family as well.

When he finds a dog in his backyard he takes him inside since the dog is freezing. Colt sees the dog’s collar reads Roger, so he has to have an owner. Colt sets out to find this owner, so he goes by shelters and posts notes everywhere. But no one responds..

Just when Colt is ready to spend Christmas with Roger his doorbell rings. It’s Roger’s owner Killian and he desperately wants Roger back. But now Colt is all alone again…

Most of this book consisted of Colt caring for Roger. We get a tiny bit of romance at the end, but we only get to see the two together in an epilogue one year later. I do have to say that I liked the second half more than the first half. My heart broke for Colt when he was all alone again, and I just wanted him to be happy.

But Roger was cute and the epilogue was sweet, so I did end up liking this, despite its lackluster start.

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