Title: It’s Not Yule, It’s Me
Author: Michael P. Thomas
Genre: Contemporary/ Holiday Short
Length: 49 pages
Publisher: JMS Books (December 13, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Shannon hates Christmas. Mostly because Christmas hates him. It sure seems like it, anyway: every crummy thing that’s happened to him since high school has befallen him at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Every humiliating break-up, every high-rise hotel fire — heck, a few years back, one guy he had the hots for up and died.
Which goes a long way toward explaining why he’s a whimpering mess when he meets Ben the barista one Christmas morning at his neighborhood coffee-house. It doesn’t completely excuse his using Ben’s T-shirt as a handkerchief — while Ben’s still in it — but Ben’s nothing if not a good sport.
Ben’s such a bright spot that after a while Shannon wonders if maybe his Christmas Curse hasn’t been lifted. And what better place to test this theory than at Ben’s family festivities?
It’s not like Christmas is actually cursed. Is it?
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Review: If I had to pick a holiday, it would definitely be Christmas. I love little stories that are centered on the holidays and have a happily ever after. Michael is a new author for me, and I must say that he has a pretty good story going on here. There is so much humor that I spent most of the time laughing. Although I must say the year by year thing kind of didn’t do it for me.
Ben is working at the coffee shop, and trying to get his degree to teach grade school. He is a happy young man who is so damn cheerful that you might want to strangle him. Now Shannon has the worst luck at the holidays, and in fact he was crying up a storm when they met.
Now I loved how Shannon describes his past Christmas to Ben. That was a role for sure. I was surprised at how much was packed into such a short story. It was cute and very sweet. I had a blast reading it and look forward to seeing what other stories this author has out there.
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