And to All a Good Night (2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug”)

Author: Felicitas Ivey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novella

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Blurb:  Kobbi Aackers was excited to have a traditional family Christmas with his younger sister Franzi, a famous rock star. But instead of the peaceful holiday he had planned, she’s turning it into a televised musical extravaganza, in a desperate bid for publicity.

Kobbi can adapt, especially since the show’s host Wytt Kanard is easy on the eyes and easy to work with, even if he doesn’t believe in Christmas at all. Wytt is alternatively amused and horrified at the simplicity that is Kobbi’s life and the enthusiasm he has for the holiday, all while taking care of his houseful of unexpected guests.

Maybe Kobbi can convince the cynical Wytt that Christmas isn’t an event to be managed, but something special to be shared. Maybe he can muster the courage to confess his attraction and offer Wytt a surprise present.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug.”


Review: Kobbi is surprised by his rock star kid sister with a TV crew. He should have known she wouldn’t agree to a holiday with him that easily. A snow storm means the crew is stuck with him and he won’t punish them all for his sister’s behavior. So he agrees to the weekend being documented and even offers some ideas. The sexy but jaded Wytt is a bonus Kobbi didn’t see coming. Kobbi knows he’s probably not the type of guy Wytt normally goes for but he doesn’t let that change who is. It turns out Wytt likes that about Kobbi.

This short had some great characters. Kobbi is a huge man who is really just a homebody. He’s simple but brilliant. He likes to bake and cook. He loves holidays and takes pride in his home. He rescued a cat! His sister starts off a little bit of a twit but being with Kobbi grounds her. I liked how their relationship mended with a little reminiscing and Christmas cheer. Kobbi thinks most polished LA guys wouldn’t find Kobbi all that fascinating beyond a punchline. Wytts cynicism and Kobbi’s wholesomeness mesh into this adorable infatuation. I thought this was a pretty good short with good characters. There’s lots of holiday charm. Witty dialogue. A sweet romance. It didn’t feel like a short. This one felt complete and yet I totally could have kept reading. Definitely worth picking up this holiday season.

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