2016 Advent Calendar Review ~ All I Want For Christmas...Is No Christmas by Colton Aalto
Title: All I Want for Christmas... Is No Christmas
Author: Colton Aalto
Category: Holiday, Contemporary
Alec Ryder’s arrest in Aspen, early on the morning of December twenty-fifth, is the latest disaster in his series of unhappy Christmases. He’s dreaded the holiday since being subjected to endless church services as a child. Being kicked out on Christmas Day after he came out to his parents, followed by an improbable series of yearly yuletide trips to the emergency room, haven’t made his Christmases any merrier. But getting busted for prostitution is the worst catastrophe; it means Alec’s dream of a college degree is gone, replaced by the specter of jail time.
Just when Alec thinks things can’t get worse, Hayden Adler shows up to interrogate him. Hayden is a glamorous attorney who also happens to be Alec’s college roommate’s cousin. Alec’s had a crush on Hayden for years, but whatever minuscule chance Alec might’ve had is now history—just like the life he’s been trying to build for himself.
But things aren’t quite what they seem. In a long line of miserable Christmases, Alec will never forget this one, although not for the reasons he suspects.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
I loved this short story! For being the length it is, it packed in quite a lot of backstory and showed us how it was that Alec ended up in the predicament he found himself in.
I really liked Alec and Hayden. Alec didn't think he deserved to have a relationship because of his job and it was lovely to see that Hayden really didn't care about any of that. It was a tad evil to keep Alec guessing if he was going to be arrested or not in the end, but Hayden's sweetness more than made up for it.
All in all, a fun, very entertaining read!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!