Christmas Kitsch (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Christmas Kitsch
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 7th, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5


Sometimes the best Christmas gift is knowing what you really want.

Rusty Baker is a rich, entitled, oblivious jock, and he might have stayed that way if he hadn’t become friends with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. When Oliver kisses him goodbye before Rusty leaves for college, Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But nothing can help Rusty survive a semester at Stanford, and he returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. But with Oliver’s love and the help of Oliver’s amazing family, Rusty realizes that failing college doesn’t mean he can’t pass real life with flying rainbow colors.

Oh Amy Lane. I just don’t even know what to say. I want to give this book ALL OF THE STARS!

There were so many lessons and morals and FEELINGS in this book. It was so much about prejudice and hate and family and love and kindness and offering your heart to others.

Both Oliver and Rusty had me from the start. I love love loved how sweet they both were and how Rusty missed pretty much every hint, impression or poke that Oliver gave him. He was so oblivious and it was so cute. And then when he went dark for a couple of days, his roommate Rex turned into family. That was an awesome scene.

Oliver was patient, until he wasn’t. He was so in love with Rusty that you couldn’t help rooting for anything Oliver wanted. I just wanted to buy him a bed already!

I don’t think that there are many books out there that have me wanting to invite the MC’s for dinner and a cuddle. I wanted to do that with each and every character in this book. I loved how simply and fully Oliver’s family loved and gave to Rusty. There is so much generosity in this book. There are so many truths. I honestly can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. You just have to read it yourself.

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday