24 Dares of Christmas by Lee Blair

Traditions and memories are a strong part of the holiday season and even when we're away from family, there are ways to keep traditions alive and spark memories... and Lee Blair cleverly takes a long forgotten holiday tradition and helps a young man who may have lost his way find love and the spirit of the holidays in 24 Dares of Christmas...

From the blurb:

On the first day of Christmas, my dear aunt sent to me: twenty-four dares in a fugly advent tree…

The only way I’m going to survive a month of holly jolly misery post-breakup is to hibernate through the Christmas season before moving away for my new job.

Two things blow my straightforward plan to smithereens: 1. My lovable aunt, who guilts me into watching her spoiled weiner dogs—who do NOT like me—while she’s gone for the holiday. 2. My scheming aunt’s surprising tenant, Warren, who I just can’t seem to get out of my head.

To add insult to inconvenience, I find my aunt’s filled my childhood advent calendar—the one I’d designed for dares instead of days—with sappy, festive, time-suckers. Now, stuck at her house, I’m completely baffled because I can’t look away from Warren’s big smile, warm eyes, and unrelenting Christmas cheer. I’ve never felt like this for a man before, but it’s like my heart’s a Magic 8 ball stuck on “All signs point to Yes” whenever he’s around.

Warren’s offer to guide me through the festive challenges as my personal elf raises my festive mood, among—ahem—other things. Now I’m coming to terms with not only wanting a guy to jingle my bells, but Warren’s company is taking me from local Grinch to wannabe Santa in a heartbeat.

Am I actually living in a Hallmark fan’s wet dream? Maybe, but Warren’s making me the jolliest I’ve felt in years—all while slowly but steadily capturing my reluctant heart.

24 Dares of Christmas is a low angst, bisexual awakening MM Christmas romance set in the Dahlia Springs universe. This standalone story is stuffed fuller than a stocking with Christmas traditions, family fun, candy cane sweetness, and appearances by characters in the Tap That Brewery series.

Heather's Review:

I'm loving the world of Dahlia Springs that Lee Blair has created and her Christmas story brings all the low-angst small town goodness from the Tap That Brewery series and puts it in a standalone Christmas romance...

24 Dares of Christmas could easily be made into a Hallmark romance - the grumpy grinch who arrives in town to pet-sit his aunt's adorable dogs, the neighbour who could easily have taken care of them, a fugly advent calendar full of dares and a town full of holiday spirit... toss in bi-awakening journey, the chance to help Warren resolve his financial issues and wrap it up in holiday magic and you have this book...

It was well written, well paced and a treat to read!

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

24 Dares of Christmas is a seriously fun read! We go back to Dahlia Springs and Tap That brewery for some holiday shenanigans with grumpy/sunshine and crazy advent calendar. 

Reed and Warren have insane chemistry. I loved Warren’s crazy family; they were insane and so much fun! My only complaint was that it was over to fast! 

Overall, fantastic!! Well written with fast pacing.

Rating: 5 Stars

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