The Night Sky Festival (CrabbyPatty’s Review)


Title: The Night Sky Festival (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: S.A. Stovall
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 24 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Photographer Zach is happy to pack up his gear and head to the Mojave Desert over the holidays. Ever since his ex-husband filed for divorce a day before Christmas, it’s safe to say this isn’t Zach’s favorite time of year.

Fortunately, he stumbles upon a town where the residents seem to agree. The good people of Baker would much rather celebrate the possibility of extraterrestrials as they dance under the stars in their unique “Night Sky Festival.” The locals are interesting, to say the least, and they want Zach to join them.

But is Zach ready to let go of his holiday bitterness? And if so, whose invitation should he accept: the cute cashier, the burly single dad, or the sexy fun-loving cop?


I rather liked this short story – a mere snippet at 24 pages – giving us the Night Sky Festival held yearly in Baker, California combining any number of crazy holiday traditions up to and including UFOs. Photographer Zach meets three interesting men while in Baker; friendly sweet store clerk Ethan, Broden, a hunky bear and his teenager daughter finding new Christmas traditions to share, and “man muscle wrapped in uniform” Officer Kross.

In just a few pages, S.A. Stovall really gives us a feel for the community and these diverse characters. The MC Zach gets some resolution from his bitterness over his divorce and the story ends with Ethan and Zach kissing under the stars and a world of possibilities. I look forward to reading more from S.A. Stovall! 4 stars.

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Galley copy of The Night Sky Festival provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

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. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader
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