Guess Who’s Coming to Karamu (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Guess Who’s Coming to Karamu (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: Cy Blanca
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 25 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Grant Cary, a twenty-eight-year-old grad student, has let his Kwanzaa shopping go to the very last minute. In his rush to get home, he quite literally bumps into Will Sheritan, a fortysomething software developer, in the elevator. But luck favors (or curses) the adventurous, because their elevator shuts down due to a blackout. Grant and Will learn about each other’s pasts and find more than just a casual interest.

Will has never celebrated Kwanzaa, and he’s reluctant to enter into a relationship, but exploring a new tradition—with a new friend—might brighten his lonely holiday. And if Will accepts Grant’s invitation to join his family for the Karamu feast, Grant might get his Imani gift early.

“Guess Who’s Coming to Karamu” is a short 25 page novella about two men caught in a shopping mall elevator around the holidays. Grant Cary (yes, his parents are movie bluffs) is doing his Kwanzaa shopping while he literally runs into a gorgeous man (“his voice sounds like how I imagine a $1500 wine tastes”) – Will Sheritan – and they are stuck together in said elevator for about an hour. They share a steamy kiss or two, a bit of history and Grant invites Will to spend the holidays with him and his family.

While I like the general premise and Cy Blanca creates a very interesting character in Grant Cary, I can’t help but think there’s a tad too much character here and not enough character development. 3 stars for “Guess Who’s Coming to Karamu” and I look forward to reading more by Cy Blanca.

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