A Stella Advent Calendar Review: Barbies and Beaches by Asta Idonea

RATING 3,5 out of 5 stars

For the first time ever, Shane is not looking forward to the annual Boxing Day barbeque at Matty’s house. He recently divorced, none of his friends know what to say to him now, and Shane is tired of the pity and awkwardness. Things take a turn, however, when he meets Matty’s English cousin. Neil is struggling with the Australian heat, having left the UK after a bad breakup. When Shane suggests the two of them head to a secluded beach to cool off, the growing intimacy between them might make both reassess their current situation.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar “Warmest Wishes.”

I’m not a huge fan of Christmas in general but I adore Christmas stories, I can’t wait for this time to come and get my full of quick romances.  Barbies and Beaches is one of the first I read this year and surprisingly the first title I read by this author.

This being a very short story, just  twenty-one pages, I wasn’t expecting a lot; really, there is no space for so much development or to know a lot about the characters. That said, these few pages easily and clearly showed me how Shane and Neil met, how they spent their first Boxing Day together, and then why Neil, although the heat, decided to stay in Australia. Sure, things between these two young men happens quickly, but the epilogue at the end showed me how deep they were into each other.

Barbies and Beaches is a short holiday novella, I liked the little plot and the writing.

The cover art by Brooke Albrecht is simple and bright, I like it.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon


ebook, 21 pages

Published December 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press LLC

ISBN13 9781644050408

Edition Language English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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