throwback thursdayToday for Throwback Thursday Jason is sharing reviews of some of his favorite older Dreamspinner Advent stories!

 

thymeThyme by K.R. Foster
Rating: 5 stars
Buy Link:
Amazon | All Romance | Amazon UK
Length: Short Story

Julian Lafayette has a feeling that something is on the horizon, and knowing his luck it is something bad.  The itch under his skin isn’t anything a doctor can help with, but when a mysterious package arrives from his Nana who is known as the witch doctor, Nick is intrigued.

Upon opening the package, he is faced with a cup, some herbs, and instructions along with a note that states the date Julian alienated his best friend, Greg, almost ten years before.  Following the instructions, Julian brews and drinks the herbal tea and moments later receives a phone call that Greg has been injured in the war and is asking for him.  Can Julian make it to Greg’s bedside and make things right?

For a short story, Thyme is extremely well written, with lots of depth in terms of plot and characters.  Foster wrote a cool time travel story that was not too complicated or confusing and had me cheering Julian on.  I can’t say much more without giving away the coolness of the ending.


got mistletoeGot Mistletoe by Andi Anderson
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Link:
Amazon | All Romance | Amazon UK
Length: Short Story

Refusing to let his paycheck to paycheck existence bring him down, Ryan puts on a cheerful and happy facade, especially at the holidays.

Blake loathes Christmas shopping, with the crowds, and the crowds, and the, well, crowds, but when he meets Ryan in his search for wrapping paper, shopping no longer looks to be the chore it once did.  The busy holiday season is not conducive to getting to know one another and soon Ryan is gone, assisting other customers, leaving Blake wondering what just hit him.

I have always found Anderson’s characters to be well developed and easy to relate to and Got Mistletoe? is no exception.  Ryan puts on a good front but we are privy to his inner thoughts that show that he is a sweet, strong and determined young man.  Blake is the typical “man’s man” and thinks Ryan is someone he wants to get to know better.  Sadly Blake is too shy and Ryan is at work, which prevents the guys from making that connection, but for how long?



IllBeHomeforChristmas 2011Jolly Old Saint Barts by Joel Skelton
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Link:
 Dreamspinner Press
Length: Short Story

A year after losing his partner of four years, Matt is considering his future as he mans his Uncle’s Christmas tree lot.  Browsing the Internet, Matt returns to a favorite site, St. Barts Hotties, where he admires one model in particular.  Andrew Porter has finally made it, become an A list model, now able to pick and choose his assignments.  What Andy really wants is a partner in his life, someone to share his successes with, someone to love, someone like the cute guy “Matt” at the tree lot.  It’s Christmas Eve and time is running out.  Will Andy make it to the tree lot before it closes and will Matt be open to going out?

I like the whole “missed connection” concept and found that Skelton injects the right amount of sadness, humor, and sweetness into the story and to be honest, I consider this one a guilty pleasure.  I will say that both Andy and Matt were a little two-dimensional, not that it had an adverse effect on the story and in fact Andy’s exuberance  and Matt’s deep sadness are what draw me back every time.

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