Book Reviews

Wreck the Halls (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by Jessica Payseur at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 20-December-2017

Book Blurb

Business has been good at Paul’s Café in Madison, Wisconsin—until a few months before Christmas. When Nick opens Nick’s Restaurant next door, Paul watches his customers leave for cheaper food and an owner who smiles more. With his livelihood at stake, Paul lashes out, trying to drive away Nick’s customers, but Nick won’t go easy, and escalating sabotage threatens to ruin the holidays for both of them.

Paul thinks all he wants for Christmas is to see Nick’s Restaurant go under, but the more he tries to drive Nick away, the less he’s sure he wants him to go. Nick is everything Paul secretly craves, but by the time he realizes Nick is all he really wants for the holidays, he might have ruined any chance for them to get together. And there might not be a present in the world that can fix that.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

Book Review

Rivalry, especially in business, can bring out the best in some people. Not so much in Paul. Paul’s Cafe has been in that spot for seven years. How dare that interloper move in next door, serve several of the same items - for cheaper - and take customers away from Paul? Paul is most definitely the one who starts the nasty behavior but I couldn’t blame Nick for reciprocating.

As the time draws closer to Christmas, the animosity and the unexpected feelings - on both sides - heat up. Paul hires a new cook who helps him revamp his menu that has the crowds overflowing the place again. Meanwhile, Nick makes a few changes to Paul’s new menu and runs off enough copies to mess with Paul’s day. Uh-oh. Nick didn’t really think that one through and now he needs to figure out where to go from here. The funny thing is that both men secretly enjoy their sneaking around and trying to one-up each other. Some of their shenanigans made me laugh.

A delightfully sweet addition to this year’s Advent Calendar. I would have loved a little more storyline between the two men after they realized they liked each other, but all in all, this is a short, cute, funny story and I enjoyed it quite a bit.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 46 pages/16393 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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