Author: Sam Burns
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: December 1, 2019
Length: 20 pages
Reviewed by Michael
Pediatrician Luce Wright’s bad breakup gets worse when his drunk ex drives a car through his house a week before Christmas. His whole family is coming over in just a few days, and he can’t have a hole with a tarp over it in the middle of his dining room.
Fortunately his neighbor’s son is moving back into town, and he owns a construction company. Can Luce and his homemade cookies persuade Darren to mend the hole in the house… and maybe the one in Luce’s heart too?
Drunk exes are the absolute worst!! Like, I get being upset about a failed relationship, but to drive through someone’s house? Really?
And just before Christmas? That is absolutely the worst!
To add to an already stressful situation, Luce (the owner of the new drive-through) is having his family over for a Christmas dinner. His first ever, so of course he wants to impress his family. But how can he with a giant hole in his house?
Well, as luck would have it, his neighbor’s son, Darren, happens to be a handyman and a cute one at that, who agrees to help Luce put his house back together. Just in time for the dinner.
But of course, the negotiations have to be sealed with a kiss. Like, right away.
Lots of stuff happens in this story at the pace of a speeding car, which I guess is kind of appropriate given what’s happened to Luce’s house. But it kind of left me wondering where the build up was, how Luce and Darren get to know each other and…well…date. While Darren is rebuilding a section of the house. In a week. It left me hoping they slowed things down, by a lot. Because sometimes the faster you go, the more likely you are to crash and burn. Especially when you consider what Luce’s mother wants to give them for Christmas the following year!
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