Thursday, December 8, 2016

2016 Advent Calendar Review ~ Of Mooning Santas and Penis Lights by Thianna Durston

2016 Advent Calendar Review ~ Of Mooning Santas and Penis Lights by Thianna Durston

Title: Of Mooning Santas and Penis Lights

Author: Thianna Durston

Category: Holiday, Humor, Contemporary
Pages: 39

Former US Marine John Ving hates everything about holiday displays: they’re tacky, they waste energy, and they’re an eyesore. So what does his new neighbor do? He sets up the holiday spectacle from hell, and he doesn’t seem to care which holiday—he has a menorah, a baby Jesus, a Santa, and everything in between. Not to mention it’s swathed in enough lights his house is probably visible from space.
High-school teacher Kaden Melling loves the holidays, and huge light displays on his lawn make his heart glow. He’d love to share some cheer—and maybe some kinky fun—with his smoking hot neighbor John. Odd things start to happen to his displays, but just as he begins to think life is going his way, with the holidays and with John, a Grinch destroys everything.
It’s gonna take the display-hating John to set things right—and what he has planned might blow Kaden’s mind.

4 Stars!!! 

A holiday tale with actual depth and background to the leads, with added fun and a novel, risqué version of The 12 Days of Xmas!!
This tale is sweet and luckily, not as short as some of the holiday offerings. It's kind of along the lines of a grumpy guy who doesn't like Xmas and its gaudiness, who happens to live next door to a guy who's all into Xmas, giving, sharing and keeping up traditions.

A genuine reason/event brings them into each other's lives and there are 4 (or 5, if you count the newborn) little Cupids and a couple of grown-up Cupids who sort of conspire (though a baby's arrival can't really be called conspiring - or can it?) to have them spend time together and one rubs off on the other (not in the dirty sense, though I'm pretty sure that happened later, off-page, lol!).

The tale has a couple of very decent leads, a lot of warmth and family and a very risqué version of The Twelve Days of Christmas that no doubt the leads went on to enact. It ends with them about to create some new traditions of their own for their first Valentine's day together.

ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading plea

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