2016 Advent Calendar Review ~ Crashing the Party by Ginger Streusel
Title: Crashing the Party
Author: Ginger Streusel
Category: Holiday, Contemporary
Retail workers and evil never get a day off, and traveling printer salesman Kale Green is no exception. He might look like a Jolly Green Giant, but he can be a real grinch. Working on the holidays can dampen anyone’s spirits, and on top of that, a sleepy Georgia town has it out for Kale and his car. From fender-benders to flat tires, Kale and his trusty company car Bessie suffer through it all.
While everyone else enjoys holiday parties, Kale drives down south to demo printers. Business is good, but on Christmas Eve, the weather turns bad. A few patches of ice put an end to Kale’s Christmas plans—a night alone with his video games. While Kale waits for the police, his only consolation is the company of fellow driver Wes Armstrong. As festive as a Christmas tree and as jolly as Kris Kringle, Wes proves unexpectedly charming. Kale never thought he’d crash right into a crush.
Kale is on his way to celebrate Christmas with his boyfriend Wes and Wes's parents. Trapped in horrible traffic, he gets a call from Wes, worried about what kind of trouble he might be in, which reminds him of how they met. It seemed as if he and his car had been cursed the previous year and since he hated the holiday at the time, it's an amusing memory for him.
I'm not as impressed by this story as I thought I would be. I'm not completely sure what caused the disconnect. Whether it was Kale and Wes or if it was the way the story went from present to past confusing me at points. I didn't dislike it, it was a cute premise and I got they feel of a cute couple telling the story of how they got together. I just didn't love it.
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**