Title: Loving and Loathing Vegas
Author: Lex Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 62 pages
Characters: Jackson and Vegas
Sub-Genre: Urban Fantasy, Holiday
Jackson has loved Vegas since God created Man—literally. As demonic incubi hailing from the Seventh Circle of Hell, Jackson and Vegas have never been anything more than roommates. Now living among humans, they run Eaven, a TripAdvisor-recommended detour-worthy diner famous for its devilishly decadent pies. Business is dead on the holidays, and Jackson will gleefully stab himself with a spatula if he has to clean spotless pots and pans one more time.
For fun—or torture—Vegas makes him a bet that should Jackson win, they take a much-needed vacation. Should he lose, he’s doomed to clean out grease traps for all eternity. When the challenge is to fall in love with other people by Christmas, it proves Vegas isn’t the least bit interested. But when they find an abandoned baby in the trash, she could be the Christmas miracle to warm Jackson’s cynical heart.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
As you would expect from a Christmas story, “Loving and Loathing Vegas” is sweet. However, due to a twist or two, and the tiny details thrown in by the author, it is also fun. Vegas and Jackson are incubi run one of the two diners in their tiny town. Even though the town shuts down completely for the holidays at the end of the year, Vegas insists on the diner being open. This year, as always, no customers walk through the door, and the only thing that livens the day up at all is the bet Vegas suggests. A bet that Jackson all but forgets when he and Vegas discover a baby among the trash in the alley.
“Loving and Loathing Vegas” was an entertaining read that fits perfectly into the Holidays with a Paranormal Twist section. I’d love a second story from the town (no, I won’t tell you who it would be about).
It has been quite some time since I last read any of Lex Chase’s work, so I don’t really remember my impressions at the time, but this one was a good way to spend the time.
Reviewed By: Alison
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