Title: First New Year’s After the Apocalypse
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug
Author: Jessica Payseur
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (49 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 31, 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: Wade Turner takes a drunk Jaxxon home after work hoping to get laid. What he gets instead is news that the world as they know it is ending—superbugs are sweeping the nation, leaving high death tolls in their wake, and the president has been assassinated. In this new storm of chaos everyone is referring to as the Apocalypse, Wade decides their chances are better if they stick together.
But when Jaxxon’s ex dies in a hurricane and his daughter goes missing, Wade watches the man he loves slip into despair. Desperate to save his relationship, Wade leaves in the middle of the night on a dangerous journey to save Jaxxon’s daughter—a child he’s not sure is even still alive. If he can put this family back together, maybe there will still be something worth celebrating in the aftermath of the Apocalypse.
Review: When I first started reading this story, I wasn’t too sure if I was going to even like it a little. Jaxxon is not my idea of a good man let alone boyfriend. His wife and daughter left for Florida to start over, and Jaxxon just gets drunk. Then a superbug hits and many die around them every single day. Then the news comes that his wife and her family are dead, and he has no idea where his daughter is. Wade however is a different matter; he is in love with Jaxxon but can see what is going to happen. So he leaves in search of Jaxxon’s daughter, and if you want to know the rest you have to read the book.
I can’t say that I liked this book, but it was interesting. It wasn’t a Christmas story but it does have a happy ending. When I first started reading it, I was thinking that it was just thrown in because there really isn’t anything celebrating the holiday. Even the cover was depressing. However the ending was better than I thought it would be. I just hate to admit that this was not a story for me.
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