Author: Lou Harper

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Short

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Freshly out of college, shy and introverted Brian Preston travels from LA to Budapest to teach English, ready to embrace life and spread his wings. It’s early December, and the air is heavy with the scent of roasting chestnuts. Getting involved with his new roommate, native Hungarian Zoli Park, promises to be the adventure Brian always wanted. But all is not as it seems, and Brian might find himself in the arms of Krampusz, demonic companion to St. Nick, who punishes bad boys. 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”


Review:  I really enjoyed this little Christmas short. Brian takes a job as an English instructor in Budapest. His best friend basically dares him to live a little while away. He doesn’t have to start teaching right away so his time is his own. His new bearded roommate in Budapest named Zoli invites him to check out the local tradition Krampusz. Which isn’t at all what I’d expect at a holiday celebration. It’s actually kind of messed people did that to their kids but in the book it was funny! A fun afternoon together just fuels the spark that has been brewing between the new roomies and for once Brian is going to let go and give into whatever Zoli Is up for.

I really liked this story. The characters were well fleshed out given the page count. Some funny moments just like I’ve grown to expect from this author. It wasn’t an over the top holiday story but it certainly had that charm that makes me enjoy them so much. I loved the twist at the end. I think that’s what really made this one special. I recommend this one to anyone wanting a holiday-light story with some humor.



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