Business has been good at Paul’s Café in Madison, Wisconsin—until a few months before Christmas. When Nick opens Nick’s Restaurant next door, Paul watches his customers leave for cheaper food and an owner who smiles more. With his livelihood at stake, Paul lashes out, trying to drive away Nick’s customers, but Nick won’t go easy, and escalating sabotage threatens to ruin the holidays for both of them. Paul thinks all he wants for Christmas is to see Nick’s Restaurant go under, but the more he tries to drive Nick away, the less he’s sure he wants him to go. Nick is everything Paul secretly craves, but by the time he realizes Nick is all he really wants for the holidays, he might have ruined any chance for them to get together. And there might not be a present in the world that can fix that.
Review: I’m torn on this story. On the one hand, I liked the rivalry between Paul and Nick (although Paul’s last prank was a little too mean); on the other, I wasn’t entirely sold on how the two men ‘kissed and made up’. Nick was a nice, likeable character; however I didn’t like Paul very much at the beginning, and liked him even less as the story progressed. It’s a short, fairly humourous story, wrapping up with both men admitting their attraction for each other and planning a future together (1 day after being mortal enemies!).
Overall, it’s a good story, just not for me.
2.75 stars out of 5