Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: American Walsh Brandt is happy when a promotion lands him his dream job and a quiet new life in Germany. Until December rolls around, when he realizes it’s almost impossible to hide from the holiday season in Germany.
Dierck Reiniger is fascinated by Walsh’s hatred of Christmas and makes it his personal mission to help Walsh enjoy Weihnachten and the German traditions he grew up with. Walsh has a great time getting to know Dierck—but he still isn’t sold on Christmas, despite Dierck’s efforts. Dierck’s on the rebound, and he’s determined to develop their physical relationship slowly, much to Walsh’s frustration. It isn’t until they’re alone in a secluded cabin—hiding from the traditional trappings—that Walsh finally recognizes what the magic of the season can bring when spent with someone special.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
Review: This short Christmas story is set in Germany. One MC is sort of a Scrooge and the other loves Christmas. Walsh is an American who is working over seas in a small town in Germany. He has almost no family and doesn’t particularly like a busy social life. One day on his weekly trip to the shops he’s shocked to see his cozy little town has gone Christmas crazy. The streets are lined with vendors and people milling about. Not much he can do about it so he decides to get his groceries and get out as fast as possible. Walsh decides he can tolerate the crowd long enough to continue his ritual of going to a local pastry shop who makes great coffee. On his way home he’s slammed into by a hunky stranger right from his dreams. Walsh is very attracted to Dierck, the handsome native German, and soon realizes the stranger likes him too. Dierck’s one flaw is he loves the holiday festivities like a big giant kid and wants Walsh to join in the fun.
Dierck was adorable and charming. Big and handsome. He loves Christmas! Maybe it’s the kid in me too but I get so excited about it every year. So I loved him and totally related. Walsh wasn’t so easy to like. He was a sport most of the time but if somebody constantly bahumbugged all over my fun I wouldn’t want to spend Christmas with him. BUT Dierk did and what does Walsh do? Throw a bit pissy tantrum on Christmas eve. I just never really liked the guy. Loved one. Not the other. So no big love for this story sadly. 😦 And I usually love the reformed Scrooge stories! You could tell this author really wanted the details right and they were. I could see the vision and loved it. Ultimately what I wanted though was to connect with the couple and I just never did.