Title: It’s Not Yule, It’s Me
Author: Michael P. Thomas
Genre: Gay Romance, Holiday themed, Comedy
Length: 15,700 words
Publisher: JMS Books
Shannon hates Christmas. Mostly because Christmas hates him. It sure seems like it, anyway: every crummy thing that’s happened to him since high school has befallen him at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Every humiliating break-up, every high-rise hotel fire—heck, a few years back, one guy he had the hots for up and died. Which goes a long way toward explaining why he’s a whimpering mess when he meets Ben the barista one Christmas morning at his neighborhood coffee house. It doesn’t completely excuse his using Ben’s T-shirt as a handkerchief—while Ben’s still in it—but Ben’s nothing if not a good sport. Ben’s such a bright spot that after a while Shannon wonders if maybe his Christmas Curse hasn’t been lifted. And what better place to test this theory than at Ben’s family festivities?
It’s not like Christmas is actually cursed.
JMS Books: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_98&products_id=1575
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-Yule-Me-Michael-P-Thomas-ebook/dp/B0190NALJM
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Not-Yule-Me-Michael-P-Thomas-ebook/dp/B0190NALJM
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Its-Not-Yule-Me-Michael-P-Thomas-ebook/dp/B0190NALJM
This is the first story I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I warmed to the main characters immediately. They’re quirky, and three dimensional. Within a couple of pages I needed to know what happened next. The writing style is very relaxed, and it’s easy to get caught up with the narrative.
The two main characters are Ben, who is a barista, and Shannon, a guy who picks the worst boyfriends. Shannon is also convinced he’s under ‘The Curse of the Christmas Boyfriend’, and his experiences at Christmas were amusing—at least for the reader, not so much for him. Seth deserves a mention too. He’s a kilt wearing barista with dreadlocks who works with Ben, and he gets some great lines.
I loved the way the author took the time to grow a friendship between Ben and Shannon, starting with annual meetings at Christmas, and then slowly growing into more. I think the way the story takes places over several years, with a glimpse of the highlights is one of its strengths. It’s also great to have two characters who are a little older, especially as their story continues.
I’d highly recommend It’s Not Yule, It’s Me to readers looking for a fun Christmas read with likeable characters, and a story that takes place over several years. 5 out of 5 stars.