Roger (Steph’s Review)

Title: Roger
Authors: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 20, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 51
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.83 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 is a very short, sweet story about how a little Mountain Feist brought some much-needed Christmas cheer and perspective into a lonely man’s life. As soon as these two meet, things for Colt start to change. It’s a little rough at first since Colt’s heart is a bit hardened. However, with the help of Roger, the little lost dog, we get to see Colt start living again; opening up himself and enjoying life. I particularly enjoyed the scene where they were looking for a Christmas tree 🙂

IMO, this story has more to deal with Colt’s growth and have very little to do with romance. In fact we don’t meet Roger’s owner and said love interest, Killian, until almost the 57% mark. Even then, Killian is only in a few scenes. Therefore it is hard to delve into the chemistry between Killian and Colt when most of Colt’s time was spent with Roger. Even with the Epilogue, which I felt wasn’t needed, was just okay.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a cute book about a little lost dog that brings Christmas cheer to a somewhat hardened heart, then this book is for you. Oh, and the cover is just too cute!

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


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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