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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar collection Heartwarming.Haven Marley's having the worst December ever. Work was terrible, his car wouldn't start… and then it gets even worse. His Christmas is awfully blue until he meets Sander Klaus. They quickly discover that when it comes to celebrating, they are total opposites: Haven hates the holidays, while SA story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar collection Heartwarming.Haven Marley's having the worst December ever. Work was terrible, his car wouldn't start… and then it gets even worse. His Christmas is awfully blue until he meets Sander Klaus. They quickly discover that when it comes to celebrating, they are total opposites: Haven hates the holidays, while Sander—a mall Santa—embraces everything about the season. Haven may be a Scrooge, but with Sander, he'll learn more about the joys of being in the Christmas spirit than he'd ever imagined....

Title : Blah, Humbug! (2013 Advent Calendar - Heartwarming)
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ISBN : 9781627985918
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 83 Pages
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Blah, Humbug! (2013 Advent Calendar - Heartwarming) Reviews

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2018-10-09 02:01

    Sander is like the perfect guy. Despite really having lots of reasons to be unhappy and maybe even bitter, he's exactly the opposite. He goes out of his way to make life and Christmas better for other people. Why exactly he's attracted to the seemingly ungrateful and grumpy Haven, I'm not sure. But Sander goes out of his way to befriend and be nice to Haven and to get him out of his funkWhere as, yes Haven has reasons to not like the holidays but he seems more bitter than necessary, so I guess I think difference between the two guys was the most interesting aspect of the story.I think Sander was a little too good to be true and Haven was a little annoying and I was a little irritated that Sander can't seem to say you instead he always saysya and I was really confused as to why Haven wouldn't have (view spoiler)[ for the love of monkeys people! When your keys, wallet, phone and ID are stolen, not only do you report it, you change your locks ! I mean seriously?(hide spoiler)].

  • Serena Yates
    2018-09-30 04:13

    Sometimes when the same, or very similar bad things, happen to two people, their reactions are totally different. This story is a great example of one man, Haven, who has had some awful festive seasons, turning into a total Grinch. Sander, on the other hand, has had an arguably even worse time, yet he celebrates his heart out and tries to make Christmas special for as many people in need of cheering up as he can. This year, he takes on Haven as a "special project", and I have to say, the stubborn man doesn't make it easy for Sander!Haven can sure use some Christmas cheer, as miserable as the festive season has been for him in the last two years. He is not expecting anything better this year, and when he gets stranded in a blizzard because his car doesn't start, then gets mugged while he tries to walk home, he knows he's in for it yet again. The thing is – even when Sanders rescues him and is nothing but nice, Haven remains cold and almost nasty. Rather than at least slowly opening up, when he sees one example of the great guy Sander is after the other, he remains grumpy and outright rude. That certainly did not endear him to me!Sander is determined to make Christmas great, and in an example of the true spirit of Christmas, he makes it, mostly about others. Donating toys to kids in need, supplies and blankets to a shelter and countless other examples made it pretty clear he is a great guy. Even though he doesn't make a lot of money and can hardly afford his apartment, every extra cent goes into Christmas gifts for others. He is also a lot nicer to Haven than the grump deserves, and I have no idea how he kept it up. But there is a secret Sander is hiding, and when the truth comes out, I was close to tears. It makes him even more special to be trying so hard.If you like stories about Christmas Grinches being taught a lesson to improve their attitude, if you enjoy reading about men who put their all into making Christmas just perfect – for everyone else, and if you're looking for a read with a lot of grumbling, some action, and a thankfully happy ending, then you will probably like this novella.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Ann
    2018-09-27 02:20

    D'awwwww - I liked this one. Haven and Sander couldn't approach the holidays with two more differing attitudes if they tried. At first I wasn't sure if I could deal with the perfection that was Sander. Even Haven says, "The man reeked of perkiness." I couldn't help but love him as the story went on though. The good deeds put the holidays into perspective without being preachy. Haven was just enough of a hot mess to be realistic but not annoying as he tried to hang on to his bitterness. Just kitschy/corny/snarky enough to make for a fun holiday read, but with enough reality to keep the story grounded.

  • Sadonna
    2018-09-18 23:23

    I enjoyed this story two very different people. The way I interpreted this story was really a big lesson in gratitude. Sander was grateful that he was able to make the holidays better for others and Haven was a bit of a sourpuss. Kudos to Sander for breaking down Haven's attitude and showing him that there was more to the holidays than dwelling on the disappointments and bad times of the past. I really liked Sander and his outlook :) He could be a good inspiration for many I think.

  • Paul
    2018-09-29 23:04

    Santa brings renewed hope, but not before teasing you a little.Haven Marley’s having the worst December ever. Work was terrible, his car wouldn’t start… and then it gets even worse. His Christmas is awfully blue until he meets Sander Klaus. They quickly discover that when it comes to celebrating, they are total opposites: Haven hates the holidays, while Sander—a mall Santa—embraces everything about the season. Haven may be a Scrooge, but with Sander, he’ll learn more about the joys of being in the Christmas spirit than he’d ever imagined.In this lovely 80 page Christmas-story Flemington gets the reader acquainted with Haven a store-manager that hates Christmas, due to past experiences. She takes great effort into letting the characters introduce themselves. And by knowing almost all there is to know about them, they still have secrets and the reader wants to find out. After being mugged Haven is saved by Santa, or Sander, who uses the Holiday Season to spread the love of Santa. But not to Haven, as he bad things tend to happen to him every single year in December.Gradually in the story a relationship of trust grows between Sander and Haven, but Sander gets called away at the most importune moments. When the reader urges them on to get physical and gets excited, the excitement gets cut short because Sander needs to leave. And thus Haven starts to believe Sander is hiding something from him, and he is, but the reader only finds out in the end of the story. The intimate moments between Sander and Haven are well captured and gradually, but in a naturally way, develop into something more. Touches and caressing slowly shift into a more carnal loving. But even a simple jack-off is written with a sense of erotic comprehension that makes the reader wanting to be at the receiving end of that stick ;) Sanders love for Christmas is inspiring to the reader and to Haven. In an interview Flemington tells us she greatly identifies with Haven, being a sufferer from the Holiday blues, but in this book she shows us that every one can overcome their moments of despair. Just add a little joy, some hot m/m romance (in books or real life) and some lovely Christmas sceneries to get all warm and cosy.A lovely read on those cold December evenings. I would rate this 4 stars as the plot keeps the reader wanting more, the love-scenes are beautifully written and it restored my faith in having a joyful Christmas. Thank you for that, Dawn

  • Teresa
    2018-09-28 23:15

    2.5 stars I really liked Sander though he seemed to good to be true at times. He let Haven get away with treating him like dirt when Sander in no way deserved it. Haven on the other hand was self absorbed and negative. Yes he had a lot of bad happen, but even when he saw good he looked for the bad. There was personal growth and change that redeemed Haven somewhat but I still felt Sander could do better.

  • France-Andrée
    2018-10-05 01:03

    There's so many things that don't work in this story: the characters have to depth or chemistry, the twists aren't original, the names of the characters (I suppose they were meant to be whimsical) are laughable and more than anything else the repetition of the title "Blah, humbug!" over and over again is so annoying. It's not often that I read a short story where about every page I look how long I have to go before it's over, but I was doing that reading this short.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2018-10-12 23:15

    If Haven is the Blah, Humbug, Sander is truly the jolly old St Nick. He not only plays Santa but he serves at the homeless shelters, he collects winter coats and clothing to donate, and he volunteers at many other places. Haven is also shocked to find out that Sander also bakes Christmas cookies from scratch. See the entire review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/20...

  • Secretly Reading
    2018-09-19 02:18

    This story features one perfect Santa sharing holiday cheer with the grinch. I wish more of the story focused on the relationship development between the leads than the mysterious good deeds of the Santa. Still, this story basks in its’ holiday cheer and manages to do so with plenty of sex too.*review copy provided by publisher*

  • Meggie
    2018-10-05 21:57

    Hm, this story is to plain. The main storyline was, personally, to bland and uninteresting, more I could say, it was a weak one. Sure I liked both MC's, but somehow neither, Sander or Haven, personal, life experience did made this story richer or way better.

  • Leigh
    2018-10-11 01:06

    'Santa wants to cum!' is really not a phrase I ever want to read.

  • Katy Beth Mckee
    2018-10-04 00:21

    Sometimes it's hard to be happy about the holidays. But given the opportunity to see it from a different view point might just have you changing your mind.

  • Suze
    2018-10-07 22:09

    An OK read for me.Sander seemed a bit too overkill for my liking and Haven seemed a bit too weakly portrayed.Fine for the morning coffee, no angst, just a sweet read!

  • Anke
    2018-10-03 02:20

    Blah Humbug :(

  • Julesmarie
    2018-10-09 01:02

    An okay Christmas read. The characters were more like caricatures than actual people, though. Sander was just too relentlessly cheerful, and Haven's bitterness seemed a little too forced.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-08 04:20

    2.5 stars

  • Tamela
    2018-09-27 00:13

    Cute little holiday humbug story with a sexy Sander Clause to help get Marley in the Christmas spirit.

  • Tailtiu
    2018-09-29 00:25

    3, 5*

  • Zane Kage
    2018-10-01 01:23

    3.5 stars