Saturday, January 4, 2014

Reviews: 2013 Advent Calender "Heartwarming" Part 3

Reviewed by SinChan
Wrapped Up in You (Heartwarming) by Lucy Whedon
Dreamspinner Press
Short Story: 33pgs
4 Pants Off

Friends of Norris Mason and Danny Falk said their relationship was guaranteed to last. But lack of communication and individual insecurities broke them apart, and their love affair ended with Danny seeking employment in Japan. Now it's two years later, Danny is back in town, Norris hasn't let go of his love for Danny, and their friends are determined to see them happy again—together. A bit of Christmas matchmaking may encourage a new start for 

This is a very nice, heart warming short story about reconciling lovers at a Christmas party with their close friends.
Norris and Danny's friends are endearing in their way of helping these two forlorn lovers reunite. They set up several chances for Norris and Danny to talk and reconcile. But Norris is too stubborn, afraid, and hurting after Danny left him. Even though Norris was the one who told Danny to get out, he didn't mean it and still regretted saying it. Now Danny is back from Japan and plans to work close to Norris, Norris doesn't know how to handle his own feelings. He rejects Danny twice and Danny is about ready to give up. Their friends, however, want to try one more time to bring them back together.
I like that Norris is so conscience of Danny's presence but is afraid of getting burned again and keeps rejecting Danny's advances. It's clear that both of them have communicating issues but the passion between them is still burning even after two years of separation.
Even though there are too much detail about their friends and too many characters all have some role in the story, the story is very cohesive and engaging. The ending is heartwarming and leaves a very hopeful feeling for the future of these two lovers. Overall, this is a very enjoyable short story that's perfect for the Christmas holiday.
4 Pants Off

From this Window (Heartwarming) by Diana Jean
Dreamspinner Press
Short Story: 41pgs
4 Pants Off

Agoraphobic Lucas Davidson spends his days watching people from his window, taking detailed notes of what he thinks their lives are like. Occasionally he'll go downstairs to the Da Vinci CafĂ© and fulfill his quota for human contact. That’s where part-time clerk Jeremy Roberts meets him. Lucas intrigues him, so Jeremy coerces him into attending a Christmas Eve party, and one night of fun turns in to a morning of choices. Can Lucas accept the colorful world Jeremy shows him, or do his introverted issues run too deep for anyone to help him?

Short Review
Lucas Davis has spent the last few years watching life go by from his window. He can't wrap his mind around how people can just go on living, doing chores and shopping for the holidays when he can barely handle his life in his tiny apartment. He does get a little people time from a coffee shop close to his home, and interaction from the chatty clerk Jeremy. When Jeremy invites Lucas to his holiday party, his initial response is to say "no" but Jeremy won't take no for an answer and Lucas can't really escape him because Jeremy lives close, very frigging close (next door close).

Surprisingly Lucas has a good time at the party and start to realize that his feelings for Jeremy might be a little bit more than being bothered by him. Tis the season to be merry and find a new lease on life.

I really enjoyed this story. Yes, because of the content it could have done with a few more pages but I was happy with how it ended. I enjoyed that solemn look into that it’s not exactly merry for everyone during the holidays and all types of people have their struggles. This one was most definitely heartwarming for me and brought a bit of cheer at the end.

4 Pants Off

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