Karl Kringle hates the modern-day Christmas. He was born to be Krampus, but the Holiday Council refuses to let him help his brother Nick—aka Santa Claus—with the Naughty List until he finds his holiday spirit. To meet that challenge, he’s turned human and dumped in a strange apartment.
Lewis Weatherby loves the holidays and always has. Not only do his parents own a pumpkin patch and tree farm, he’s also inherited a Christmas-themed shop. All he wants from Santa is the man of his dreams, and the Big Guy might’ve just delivered. Lewis’s new neighbor Karl is gorgeous, sweet, and has a fantastic sense of humor—if his jokes about being Krampus are any indication.
Soon getting home is less important to Karl than what will happen when Lewis inevitably realizes the truth behind his jokes. He’s finally starting to understand the real joy of the season—now he just has to figure out how to hold on to it.
OMG! I loved this! Talk about taking a different spin on things!
There’s no dishonesty, even though there is a Big Misunderstanding. I loved that as it was such a refreshing change of pace. I also loved that Lewis is older and imperfect. Jer is funny and snarky and a great guy (and I’m so happy for his Christmas Wish to come true!). Noel is HYSTERICAL and so surprising- seeing him with Santa was hoot but also sweet, too. Karl is sweet and loving and yet manages to maintain his “grumpy” stance when appropriate. Watching him with Lewis’ niece was adorable. Lewis’ family is great and the “twist” at the end – SUPERB!
My only complaint was that this didn’t last longer! I wanted to read Noel’s story in it’s entirety but was glad I got the “reader’s digest version” here. I loved that Santa and Karl weren’t enemies and that all Karl wanted to do was help. Basically I loved everything about this!
I just can’t gush enough about this and sincerely hope you all read this. It’s fun, funny, touching, sweet and full of wonderful Holiday cheer.
(I think the subdued smexy times really fit the scene here and they were just explicit enough. The “Beauty and the Beast” reference really struck home because that’s exactly what I’d been thinking!)
(The cover is awesome too!)
6 of 5 stars
Copy Generously Provided by Publisher for Honest Review