The Humbug Holiday by Lane Hayes

Grumpy meets Grumpy in the holiday story, The Humbug Holiday.

From the blurb:

Two grumpy bears and a holiday season neither will forget…


So this sexy silver fox rolls into my small New England town and buys a run-down old house in need of renovation. That’s where I come in. My job is to do some basic repairs, so he can write in peace. Yep, the hotshot is a bestselling author, but that’s not why I recognize Cameron Warren.

No worries, I won’t let a one-night stand make things awkward. I could use the work, but is he seriously asking me to help him buy a Christmas tree too?

No way.


I’m a good-natured guy all year long, but I have to admit…I hate the holidays.

There. I said it.

This season, I’m hiding away on the opposite side of the country in a picturesque village. My family isn’t excited about my decision, and the only way to assure them I’m fine is to deck the darn halls. Or hire someone else to do it.

The handyman might not be the logical choice for an elf, but his grumpy act makes me smile. Which makes me think the holidays might not be so “bah-humbug” this year after all.

The Humbug Holiday is a bisexual, age-gap romance featuring two grumpy bears who find unexpected magic and learn to embrace everyone’s favorite time of year! 

Sheena's Review:

This was absolutely a delight. I'm a sucker for Grumpy/Sunshine, but this was even better. Grumpy/grumpy and who knew it would be such fun. Joe and Cam both have good reason to hate the Christmas season and it was so much fun to see both their families try to get them into the Christmas spirit, bringing out the Grinch in them both.

I liked that this wasn't insta-love, even though they had that instant initial connection. It was really good to join them in their journey to get to know each other better, and see their relationship develop as they spent more time together. They were both well-formed characters and I really liked them both. I also liked this wasn't your typical Hallmark romance type story too, this was two people who didn't want a relationship, finding what they didn't think they needed in each other and I was there for it all. Tons of heat too, these two couldn't keep apart and I was there for that too.

I loved this. Tons of grinch, tons of heat, and such a wonderful happy end. Not so humbug after all.

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Slight age gap. Quick read. Dual POV. 

When Joe the hometown handyman is giving an estimate for some house repairs he realizes he has met the owner before, Cameron is a famous author new to town and who Joe had one steamy interaction with a few months before. Both men share an aversion to the holidays, but Joe agrees to help Cameron set his house up to appease Cameron’s elderly relatives, and if they end up having some steamy times together so be it. 

This story has mature main characters that actually have reasons for not loving the holidays and as they share their pasts and spend time together in the weeks before the holiday season affection grows. Both Joe and Cameron are likable characters that communicate honestly and realize that maybe they are happier together and can see some of the joy of the holidays when spending it with someone you love. 

Sweet story and HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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