Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Dreamspinner Advent Stocking Stuffer Review: Ghostwriter of Christmas Past by TA Moore

Title: Ghostwriter of Christmas Past
Author: TA Moore
Category: Holiday, Contemporary
Pages: 57

Ever since ghostwriter Jason Burke ended up in loco parentis for his orphaned niece, Mallory, he’s been trying. He goes to parent/teacher events, and he makes packed lunches, so he definitely didn’t mean to forget about Christmas. He just hasn’t celebrated it since he left home under a cloud years ago.
Put on the spot, Jason makes the snap decision to take Mallory to see where he and her father spent their Christmases as kids. The last thing he expects is to run into Tommy, his ex—ex-best friend, ex-boyfriend—who is still living in town… and working as a sheriff’s deputy.
It’s hard to avoid someone in a small town—and maybe Jason doesn’t want to. He got Mallory a Christmas, and maybe now it’s time to get himself a Christmas boyfriend. But first, he owes Tommy some explanations.

4.5 Stars

This was a great second chances romance. I’ve read a few of the 2017 Advent Stocking Stuffers and this was one of my favorites. I really like both Jason and Tommy and Mallory, Jason’s niece, was a great secondary character. The story is well-written and although it’s a bit re-instalove, it worked for them. They had a great chemistry and were sweet and passionate together. I enjoyed the familiarity between them and their banter. If I had a complaint or a wish for the story, it’d have been for a more conclusive ending.

Still, this was an enjoyable holiday read and very recommendable!

*copy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review*

3.5 Stars!

This one is a sweet second chance romance between Jason and Tom who were once high school boyfriends. Over a decade later, Jason now has custody of his niece Mallory after her parents died. He’s decided to return to the small town he grew up in, the town he fled after high school and never looked back. He doesn’t expect to come face to face with Tom, the man he’d left behind without so much as a goodbye.

I found this story sweet and easy to read. I really enjoyed Mallory and thought her somewhat sour disposition more endearing than anything else. It’s always hard to see a child mourn the loss of their parent and have to learn to live a different life. Jason and Tom were good together and it was as if they were able to build off of their previous love so this wasn’t quite instalove per se.

I wished this story could have been longer so that it could’ve been a bit more fleshed out. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending and felt as if maybe something was missing. However, the writing was well done and I’d probably recommend this to those looking for a quick and easy, sweet holiday story.

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

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