Welcome Chris McHart – Two Ruined Christmas Eves & Book Review

I’m reviewing Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Chris McHart as part of her blog tour with Embrace the Rainbow Book Promotions. For more information – and details about the rafflecopter giveaway – check out my LJ post.

It’s Christmas Eve, and folk music star Jonas is on his way to the most important gig of his career, the Volksmusik Stadl. Well, he would be if heavy snowfall hadn’t stopped him on the highway.

Fritz has to accompany his grandparents to the biggest folk music event in southern Germany, the worst punishment for a metal fan, especially on Christmas Eve.

When these two men meet at the concert after-party, sparks fly. Will this Christmas Eve be something special after all?

I love Christmas stories, and not just at Christmas. Throw in a music theme and I’m very happy.

Two Ruined Christmas Eves hit the spot for everything I look for in a Christmas story. Although it’s a very short story—38 pages on my tablet—its length doesn’t detract from it at all. It’s a sweet, sexy story about two opposites who met at a folk music festival in Germany. I loved how Fritz—a metal fan at a folk festival with his grandparents—has no idea who Jonas is. Fritz’s grandmother’s reaction is wonderful, and I really liked the supporting characters in this story too. The descriptions make the settings very easy to visualise, and I found myself caught up in the story very quickly, reading it in one sitting. One thing I really appreciated with the epilogue set a year later is that both Fritz and Jonas are still their own people. Neither has changed who they are to please the person they’re with.

I’d recommend Two Ruined Christmas Eves to readers who enjoy a sweet and sexy feel good Christmas story with a good sized dash of music as part of the plot. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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