1.5 stars Actor/Theatre adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Christmas Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Gay Heat Index Humor m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series

Scrooged Over By David Connor


Dreamspinner Presents



For dueling radio hosts Deke and Dudley, the battle over Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving. Deke hates the whole season. Dudley is a yuletide overachiever. They put their debate to a vote, inviting audience members to weigh in. The loser must go on a blind date of the winner’s choosing. Dudley decides he wouldn’t mind taking the loss, if his blind date, picked by Deke, turns out to be Deke himself. As Christmas gets closer, not only does that fantasy seem unlikely, but everything that can go wrong for Dudley does, including malfunctioning decorations, rancid cookies, and a lost pile of hundreds of handwritten Christmas cards. Just days before Santa’s arrival, Dudley’s about to throw in the red and green towel and join all the haters. It’ll take a miracle to change his mind….



Deke and Dudley are both gay but not advertising it (Deke even acts as though he’s straight while on air). They bicker constantly on air and off. Dudley, for some reason, has a crush on the perpetually crabby Deke and fantasizes about becoming his mystery date.

Meanwhile, someone is sabotaging Dudley’s Christmas (spoiler) It’s actually Deke and we are never told what his motivation is beyond being a JERK!) (End spoiler) and he’s getting more and more frustrated.

In the end these guys get together, but I have to tell you – I didn’t get it.

Their bickering got tiring, I didn’t see a connection between them, Deke seemed like a jerk the entire time. I didn’t understand how the “straight guy” kept doing naked episodes without raising eyebrows. I didn’t like their names (petty, but true.) There was also a little side story with Dudley’s father that didn’t add to the story but did make it a bit more distracted.

This just didn’t work for me.

1.5 of 5 stars

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