Review: Jessica Payseur – Wreck the Halls

Author: Jessica Payseur
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Holiday

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Summary: 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 holiday 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: While I could understand Paul being upset that Nick opened a restaurant directly next to his own, I felt like he acted like a jerk right from the get go, which then of course encouraged Nick to act the same. The two of them are enemies and they really go overboard on trying to ruin the other’s place of business. From a CLOSED sign to fish to missing menus, it was just one after the other.

I admit, I was a little turned off by Nick’s desire to see Paul angry, because these two have their businesses at stake here. By the time the two of them are thinking maybe they shouldn’t be attacking each other as they were I was sort of over them both. Then the ending was much too abrupt for me. Holiday and cute, but I needed more.



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