Series: 2013 – Heartwarming Advent Calendar
Author: LE Franks
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Holiday
Length: Novelette (44 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1st, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5~5 Hearts
Blurb: Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn’t as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette’s flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson—a beautiful blond giant of a man—Kris is ready to chuck it all. But he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Tyr’s cousin Bun, who shows them the magic of Christmas and gives them both a lesson in love and acceptance.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
Review: I found this story amazing. I have no words of how much I really liked this.
The characters that literally shine here are absolutely gorgeous and their flaws are simply what make them so lovable and undeniably charming.
Kris is a very talented artist. He created snow-globes that are simply perfect works of Art. He is also gorgeous the way I see him, but he has a flaw. His special brand of Tourette makes his brain conjure words non-stop when in an overwhelming situation. He simply can’t make his brain stop or his mouth for all it matters. When he moves in a Christmas-themed little town to make his dream come true, he didn’t counted on the narrow-mindedness of small-town people. His brand is not very well tolerated there and he’s just barely making it through the year. Things go even worse when he unintentionally pissed Tyr off, making Kris decide to leave his dream and go back to LA.
Tyr; what a nice character this one was. Tyr is a young man with the looks of a Norse God, who’s come back to the little town to take care of his uncle, whose health is fast declining, and his cousin who has a brain damage that makes her a weir mix of an adult with the emotional stability of a six-year-old. Taking care of them is no small task and some days his patience wear a bit thin. In one such day they were met with Kris and the stream of words coming out of his mouth infuriates Tyr, turning him into the protector mode that consequently leads to a really bad start to any kind of relations with the new artist in town.
Enter Bun, Tyr’s cousin, and her mania with Christmas. Her fascination with everything Christmas, including snow globes becomes the bridge between Tyr and Kris. What follows is an amazing story, sweet and emotional, and even a bit sad at some point. The two men become quickly more than friends, the romance building is superb and quite realistic, but they also get face to face with the ugliness and hardships life throws them. It’s this balance that gives this story its final spark.
For me this was a very interesting story, with enticing characters and a down to earth plot that made all the difference to the entire Christmas-theme moral in the end. I loved it and I wholeheartedly recommend it to romance lovers.