Making The Holidays Happy Again by Pat Henshaw

Making The Holidays Happy Again by Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short story (49 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Blacksmith Butch has secretly loved his best friend, science nerd Jimmy, since grade school. Now their shops in Old Town Seven Winds, California, are only doors from each other.

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Friends since grade school, Butch and Jimmy have known each other forever and Butch has had feelings for Jimmy for almost as long. But with turning thirty just around the corner and Jimmy showing zero interest, Butch is determined to move on with his life. Can they find each other before their chance has passed?

This was a lovely friends-to-lovers style of story that I enjoyed. I felt a bit bad that Butch was so constantly down on himself and felt to a degree that this cast a grey cloud over the story for me. While arrogance, or even a huge amount of self-confidence can often sour me on a hero, I often find it equally difficult to read about a character who thinks quite poorly of themselves. Butch isn’t blind to his many good characteristics, but he seems to think that just because he didn’t finish high school and he considered himself not smart that he was virtually worthless as husband or partner material. This dragged me down emotionally after a while and I really wanted Jimmy to show and teach Butch the error of his ways.

With a bunch of really strong and present secondary characters I really enjoyed feeling like I was right there, next to Butch, in their small little Old Town world. I found this to be one of those rare books that transported me into an almost timeless place, with the herbal shop and blacksmith’s forge Butch and Jimmy’s small street in town could fit into virtually any time period and this gave the whole story a little sense of historical flair. I really enjoyed this and even though much of the story wasn’t particularly Christmas-centric it did have that Advent and holiday type of feel to it.

With no sex or explicit scenes this was a lovely, slow-burning story that really showed the friendship and chemistry that Jimmy and Butch shared. I enjoyed watching them both slowly circle each other then finally find their way together, leaving me feeling very happy and satisfied.

A good, quick read this was a lovely tale I enjoyed.

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