Review: Kate Lowell – Have Yourself a Merry Little Sexmas

1940661Author: Kate Lowell
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre:M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781682520338

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Carter’s been on his own since he came out at sixteen. He was one of the lucky ones–when coffee shop wages weren’t cutting it and he was on the edge of being homeless again, a kind stranger got him a fake ID and work as a dancer in a strip club. Since then, he’s saved his money, enough for a mortgage on a small fixer-upper of a house. He’s even started thinking about the future.

Given his career choice, the possibility of a normal relationship doesn’t get a second thought.

Thilo, a cute but awkward accountant, has never had his own apartment, never lived away from his family, never had a relationship that went farther than a kiss and a hug. Now he’s a thousand miles away from home, facing his first ever holiday season by himself.

His Christmas present–and Snowmageddon–is about to change that. But while there’s enough heat between him and Carter to melt the polar ice caps, is what they’re sharing just Sexmas or can it be something more?
A beautiful cover, catchy title, and intriguing storyline – I thought I’d be in holiday story heaven with a sweet, fluffy and fun-filled little romance. Instead, I found myself a little disappointed and feeling decidedly more like the Grinch had shown up than the jolly old elf himself.

For me, it all came down to the characters in this one. I couldn’t really find anything likeable about Thilo. He didn’t come across as shy and awkward (I believe that’s what was intended); instead, he ended up being ungrateful and judgmental. Carter was great, but I just didn’t feel any chemistry between them. I don’t mind characters that have to work hard to earn their relationship and HEA, but not when it feels like I’m forcing myself to read about them and scrounging to find any redeeming quality.

The writing itself was fine and I desperately wanted to love this one, but without any character connection, it didn’t quite live up to my smexy holiday story expectations.



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