Book Reviews

Making the Holidays Happy Again (2019 Advent Calendar - Homemade for the Holidays) by Pat Henshaw at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 10-December-2019

Book Blurb

Blacksmith Butch has secretly loved his best friend, science nerd Jimmy, since grade school. Now their shops in Old Town Seven Winds, California, are only doors from each other.

They’re about to turn thirty, and Butch refuses to wait another day to make a decision: propose to Jimmy and start the family he’s always wanted or forget his dream to avoid risking their friendship. Why can’t the choice be as easy as creating decorative ironwork in his forge?


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."


Book Review

Some people say familiarity breeds contempt but that certainly isn’t the case with Butch and Jimmy. Granted, both of them are fairly clueless about their “friendship”, not realizing it moved beyond that – except for anything physical – a very long time ago. They’ve been best friends since they were little kids and that closeness hasn’t changed even though they’re both nearing thirty.

Butch has known he loves Jimmy as more than just a friend for a very long time but since Butch didn’t graduate high school while Jimmy went to college and got a degree, Butch feels like he’s too stupid for Jimmy. Butch is a blacksmith with a successful shop but he still believes he has nothing to offer. Not to mention he’s afraid that if he tells Jimmy he’s in love with him, Jimmy won’t feel the same and then their friendship will be ruined.

‘Making the Holidays Happy Again’ is sweet, gentle, and oh so loving. When both men get their heads out of their heinies, it’s so worth it to watch them get their happy ever after. I really enjoyed this dash of pure happiness.





DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review.

Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 49 pages/15298 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link