Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Gavin and Matthew just want to get home to enjoy Christmas Eve in their safe, warm apartment. Should they walk or take a cab? But will either option do the trick when Victor, suffering from his holiday blahs, is determined to undermine this happy twosome at every turn?
Years ago, Victor made the unfortunate mistake of coming out to his family on Christmas. Why couldn’t he have picked a random summer day?
Can Victor’s husband Bryan pull him out of his gloomy mood in order to give the popular Gavin and Matthew the merry Christmas they deserve
Deja Vu by Addison Albright is a short holiday tale that employs the format of a story within a story. Victor is a well-known author and his long term and very happy couple of Gavin and Matthew, characters in his series, his focus this Christmas Eve. And not in a good way. Victor is taking his angst and pain over losing his family years ago when he came out to them at Christmas for his lover.
The short story alternates between short woeful chapters of what’s happening to Gavin and Matthew vs Victor and his husband in RL.
Albright’s writing is skillfully done. You actually emphasize with the poor characters meeting their demise over and over due to their author’s, Victor’s, angst. And you adore Victor’s husband, Bryan’s gentle anxiety over their well being and the novel’s ending too. Within 22 pages Albright creates a loving relationship twice over, both of which you come to care about.
Each couple gets a heartwarming ending, just as you would hope. Perfect for their holidays and ours. Short, sweet, and with just that hint of the holiday melancholy that works so well.
If you are looking for a quick holiday read just a bit outside of the normal romances, definitely recommend this one to all of you.
Cover art is simple but pulls you into an important part of the story. Well done.
ebook, 22 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by JMS Books, LLC
Edition Language English
Characters Matthew, Gavin, Victor, Bryan