An Open Window (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: An Open Window (Dreamspinner 2017 Advent Calendar Daily)
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 21
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.

In An Open Window, Rick R. Reed shares a beautifully crafted little vignette of a 20-year-and-going-strong love story begun on Christmas Eve. It’s been said that many Americans are only one paycheck away from homelessness, and Henry finds himself on the streets on a cold snowy Christmas Eve, realizing that he could easily freeze to death outside. An open window in a small wood-frame bungalow beckons, and when owner Jim awakens on Christmas, he finds Henry sleeping.

I may have cried a bit at the end of this lovely little story and found it very touching. 4.5 stars.

“Open to receive the gifts life sends your way. Don’t question them and don’t think you don’t deserve them. The Good Lord wouldn’t have seen fit to give them to you if He didn’t want you to have them.”

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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