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While when Davey and Avery first started seeing each other I felt that spark of new interest between them, as the story went on I didn’t feel their connection as closely, and Avery actually seemed to become a tiny bit jealous when they’d be out together. When some conflict is introduced in the form of Avery’s ex coming back to see him, it also sends Davey backward a bit in terms of his attitude and self esteem again.
The story doesn’t really have any major drama, just the angst that is really self-created by Davey and Avery, springing from their own self doubts. One thing that did irritate me about this book is that it is set in New York City, however there are quite a few British-isms to be found throughout the story. There is also the matter of how a bar manager and a cashier in a retail store (not high paying jobs, especially a cashier) can each live in their own apartments without roommates and still have money to spend eating out and shopping seemingly without worrying about costs in New York.
Those concerns aside, Jingle Spell was a 3-star read for me and while there’s not a lot of on-page sex scenes, this story is still meant for readers 18+ for adult language and some sexual content.
It was a sweet novella that I enjoyed a lot.
Davey is a young man who’s been hurt by life. All his ex-boyfriends dumped him after a few weeks, each time for the same thing. They don’t want to be with him, to be attached to him. When he meets Avery, Davey is prepared to be dumped by him after a few weeks. He is prepared to be unimportant, unwanted. He wasn’t prepared for the contrary.
The book is written with Davey’s POV. We follow his thoughts all along the book and what he thinks of Avery and his intentions. I admit that I thought that the author saw me and my thoughts each time I meet a new man. Really, this book was probably the most “real” when he comes to dating in our époque. I found a lot of me in Davey’s fears and insecurities, his question about Avery, and the sadly “he’s too good to be true”. I appreciated that. I appreciated to be able to identify myself with a character.
The book is well written, the plot and the story well-built and I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished.
I read it straight from the beginning to the end, and I enjoyed every chapter. There was no repetitiveness, no self-pitying party, just one man who wants to be loved and meet his prince charming.
I highly recommend this novella, it’s sweet, fun with a happy ending and it leaves you with a smile on your face (that’s what it did to me)
It’s 4 OptimuMMs for me.
Jingle Spell is a cute holiday read with featuring two sweet men looking to find happiness. Davey hates Christmas, all the festivities, decorations, people all over the place and just all of it. It doesn’t help that he was just dumped. He meets Avery while at work one day and thanks to a dating ap, Avery has tracked him down. Davey is determined to not to give his heart away so easily, but sweet Avery works his way in quicker than Davey thought possible. The two start spending time together, falling for each other but when Avery’s ex shows up it will test what they really have together. Davey is pretty sure that’s just his luck though.
These two are just adorable together, Avery easily breaking through Davey’s gruff exterior. Davey definitely hasn’t had an easy life and learning more about him broke my heart, he’s gone through some rough stuff for such a young man. He’s sure that he’s not good enough and that everyone will leave him eventually, but Avery seems to be testing that. He pays attention to him, listens to his stories and really seems to care. I loved that about Avery, just steady and wonderful and totally swoon-worthy! I liked these two together, they are a couple you can definitely root for, especially around the holidays.
This was a sweet, quick read without a lot of drama or angst, just a good paced story about two men who deserve love. It’s a story that brings out the magic of Christmas and romance and I enjoyed the sweetness. Chris Ethan does a good job of bringing these two together and getting them to their happy.
*I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book for The Geekery Book Review
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