TITLE: Jingle Spell
Author: Chris Ethan
Publisher: Dream Trek Imprint
It’s the most horrible time of the year.
Smooches under mistletoes and tacky reindeer decorations.
Newly single, Davey has had enough of wasting his love and having his heart broken. Better to be single, he decides. No more dates. No more falling in love. No more dreaming of happy-ever-after. Those are for movies.
And then Avery steps into his life, bringing care, compassion, and tenderness in his path.
Davey’s so tempted to hope again. But can an online date and a brief encounter turn into anything other than an ephemeral sexual encounter?
Is there a future for them? Will Avery stay? And most importantly, can Davey bear to offer up his heart to the season’s love—just one more time?
Jingle Spell is a sweet Christmas story. At first Davey comes across as shallow but as the story progressed and I got to know him I changed my mind. I love when that happens. Christmas can be a lonely time of year, especially for those not in relationships, and I thought the author captured the feelings of bitterness that often accompany that aloneness perfectly. Avery’s a nice guy, and I enjoyed seeing the two men’s relationship grow, although realistically they were both second guessing themselves. After failed relationships on both sides, it was understandable that they would, which I appreciated. I liked the way they took the time to become friends instead of just jumping into bed first.
The supporting cast were more stereotypical, but given the length of the story, and the fact that they were seen through Davey’s perspective, I think that reflected his mood rather than a true representation of who they were.
One highlight for me, followed by an ‘aww’ moment was Davey’s description of the picture frames he makes as “keepers of memories.” I hope these guys have a long happy future together making memories to fill Davey’s frames.
I’d recommend Jingle Spell to readers who enjoy a sweet Christmas romance story, and men who take the time to become friends before they become lovers.
Reviewed By: Anne