Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Dreamspinner Advent Stocking Stuffer Review: A Holiday Crush by CJane Elliott

Title: A Holiday Crush
Author: CJane Elliott
Category: Holiday, Contemporary
Pages: 50

San Francisco lawyer Brad Halberstam is in a rut. At forty-one, he’s successful but alone. Even his holidays are predictable—he spends every Christmas golfing in Napa with his ex-boyfriend. Then attractive but oh-so-young filmmaker Michael Blair invites him out. Brad joins Michael and his housemates in their holiday celebrations and learns that life can be joyful. He hesitates to saddle Michael with a much-older boyfriend but as their attraction ignites, Brad’s tempted to let Michael sweep him into a bright new future.
Michael lives in a group house in Berkeley. He loves making life into a celebration, especially during the holidays. Michael longs for a partner, and he hopes serious but sweet Brad Halberstam is the one. Michael’s infatuation grows over caroling and cookies, but his housemate reminds him that Michael always latches on to someone during the holidays, so he won’t be alone. After a misunderstanding, Michael loses heart, no longer sure if his relationship with Brad is real or just another Christmas crush.

4 Stars!

Successful and single 41-year-old Brad has been crushing on the videographer for one of their cases. When the case ends, Michael invites him out to have drinks with him and his friends and from then on to the rest of their holiday parties. Michael and Brad are attracted to each other, but Brad feels he's too old for Michael and Michael is reminded by one of his friends that he seems to always latch onto someone during the holidays. They will need to wait and see if this is just a holiday fling or if they can build something real between them. 

Sometimes it's difficult to really connect with the characters or get invested in their relationship with a short book like this one, however, the author provided us with just enough story to avoid this. Both Michael and Brad were very likable and I enjoyed Brad's interactions with Michael's friends. I don't particularly care for books where one of the characters uses their age difference as an impediment for the relationship, although I liked the twist in this one at the end when Michael's real age came to light. 

Overall, this was a very enjoyable story, I really liked Michael and Brad and thought they had great chemistry. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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