Death to Christmas Sweaters (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Death to Christmas Sweaters (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: L.E. Franks
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 56 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Chess and Benjamin are casual lovers, each hiding his devotion to the other and his wish for more. But Chess is a wealthy playboy who—Benjamin believes—will never settle down. And Chess is sure, with the way Benjamin keeps him at arm’s length, that he can’t be interested in getting serious.

They’re destined for a head-on collision as Chess plans for a holiday escape designed to send Benjamin’s ardor spiking like the temperatures in Los Angeles, while Benjamin desperately drags his feet, wanting to cool things down to protect his vulnerable heart. But when the ghosts of Chess’s Christmas past and Benjamin’s unwelcome present converge at LAX, it’s obvious there are other forces at play and about to take over.

Drawn into their respective family dramas at a joint gathering, will Chess and Benjamin finally take a stand for each other and the relationship they both want, or will the holiday finally take its toll?


Chess and Benjamin have a “casually exclusive” relationship and each man secretly wishes for something more … yet they have never talked about this and just automatically assume each is happy with their fuck-buddies situation. Aarrgh …. use your words!

In any case, Chess’ mother pulls rank and calls in all her unwilling children to celebrate Christmas with her and their Great Aunt Beatrice. But when Chess and Benjamin pick up Beatrice at LAX, it turns out she has befriended Benjamin’s parents during the flight. What follows is something close to a British farce with Chess’ siblings and mother, Great Aunt Bee doling out hideous Christmas sweaters to everyone for the annual Christmas picture, and Benjamin’s parents insisting he marry a “rich Indian girl from a good family in Orange County.” But love prevails after Benjamin and Chess finally talk and there is a very satisfying HEA.

I liked the execution of this plot, and loved the hot chemistry between Benjamin and Chess although I could have done without the miscommunication situation. 4 stars.


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Galley copy of Death to Christmas Sweaters provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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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.

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