Length: 119 pages
Cover Design: Ethereal Ealain
Smooches under mistletoes and tacky reindeer decorations.
Newly single, Davey has had enough of wasting his love and having his heart broken. Better to be single, he decides. No more dates. No more falling in love. No more dreaming of happy ever afters.
Those are for movies.
And then Avery steps into his life, bringing care, compassion, and tenderness in his path.
Davey’s so tempted to hope again. But can an online date and a brief encounter turn into anything other than an ephemeral sexual encounter?
Is there a future for them? Will Avery stay? And most importantly, can Davey bear to offer up his heart to the season’s love—just one more time?
A sweet romance by Chris Ethan, author of The Guy With The Suitcase.
Jingle Spell is a wonderful Christmas story; a true ‘bah-humbug to happy-ever-after’ sort of tale and yet it manages to steer clear of being too sweet.
To say Davey has not embraced the Christmas spirit when the story starts, would be a gross understatement. Then again, he could be forgiven for that, considering how he’s just been dumped…again. He decides once and for all that romance is not for him and gives up on his dream of a relationship with someone who loves him.
Of course, that’s the moment Avery steps into his life. And Avery is one surprise after another, especial since he doesn’t appear to be looking for a hook-up. Much to Davey’s surprise he finds himself dating a man who truly is interested in him. Not that Davey lets go of his attitude without an (internal) fight. He tries to hang on to his ‘bah-humbug’ attitude as well as his conviction that ‘love is not for me’ and yet finds it ever harder while faced with Avery who is not like any other man Davey has ever encountered.
Through Davey’s eyes Avery is so perfect that it is almost a relief when he appears to slip up. It is the one moment of real angst in the otherwise easy-going story and yet, it is also the moment Davey gets to shine most brightly. I loved the contrast between how Davey sees himself and how he acts; his unselfishness took my breath away and made the happy ending, when it came, all the more enjoyable.
As Christmas stories go, this one is wonderful. Jingle Spell is also well written and despite being a novella, a full story with fully established characters. If you’re looking for a charming and heartwarming Christmas read I whole-heartedly recommend this book.
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Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there's that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!
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