Merry Critmas (Dungeons and Dating) by Katherine McIntyre

A quick wedding hookup that becomes so much more. Leo no longer able to handle the CEO lifestyle, sells his company and makes a big move, not knowing he is moving to the town Jay lives in. Their meeting again changes their lives. Merry Critmas is part of the Dungeons and Dating series.

From the blurb:

Celebrate a very geeky Christmas in this sexy fake dating romance…

The last time Jay saw Leo was on his knees at his cousin’s wedding.

The hookup had been hot, memorable, and they’d gone their separate ways in the morning.

However, when Leo moves to the Bay area right as Jay’s getting over a shitty ex, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Jay’s a shy geek while Leo’s outgoing and charming, but their chemistry flares brighter than a lights display. Except Jay’s hesitant to dive right into something new, and his ex left a minefield of broken Christmas obligations in his wake. Until the perfect solution presents itself—Leo can attend as Jay’s fake boyfriend.

The more time they spend together, the more the relationship feels real, but it just might take a little holiday magic to get them to both take the leap.

Roll the dice on romance at Tabletop Tavern...

Redkaye's Review:

What starts as a wedding hook up makes being at the wedding bearable for Jay. With no plans of them seeing each other again, Jay and Leo find they have this attraction, but it’s supposed to be a quick one-time thing.

Later Leo quits his executive job and not knowingly moves to the same town Jay lives. Jay is getting over his latest breakup and spending time with friends when he runs into Leo again and they renew that connection. Jay, being a little gun shy, instead asks Leo to be his fake boyfriend for a few holiday events.  

Merry Critmas is a fun, warmhearted story perfect for the holidays.

Rating: 4 Stars

Nicole's Review:

Jay and Leo were absolutely adorable. I have not read any of the other books in the Dungeons and Dragons series, but this was perfectly fine as a standalone. 

Let me tell you, their initial encounter was smoking hot! I always like a 2nd chance romance, and this felt a little like that as their chemistry was so fantastic. The author did a really good job walking us through how Jay is handling his dysmorphia after the breakup with his ex, and why he's so hesitant to jump right into anything with Leo. 

The fake boyfriends was just fun, and of course never works out. 

This was the perfect little Christmas novella, and has really tempted me to read the other books in this series, especially since it's complete!

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

I thought this book was a unique way to write about holiday festivities! I have heard of D&D but have never played myself, so while reading this I learned some about the game right alongside Leo. I thought the characters were great. I loved the places that this book took place in. I liked that Leo's true passion was baking, and he found a way to do what he loves. I wish we got more moments of him at the bakery he co-owns but I thought what was in the story was done well. 

I thought the relationship between the two MCs progressed nicely. It wasn't insta-love. They took their time to get to know one another on a more personal level before they got physical again. 

The only thing I'll bring up is the fact that there are not only Dom/Sub elements in this story but also Daddy/Boy elements, too. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but as someone who doesn't particularly like reading about those kinks, it threw me out of the story. Especially cause it wasn't mentioned in the blurb, or before the story started. 

Other than that, though, this book was enjoyable to read. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

Kat brought the Tabletop Tavern gang back together again to celebrate the holidays and gives us yet another geeky romance between Leo and Jay.  I love that they re-connect after an epic hook up, but are too gun-shy to actually acknowledge they want a real relationship...  

I love the pace, tone and tempo of this novella that balances a little CritMas magic with character growth... and the cameos from past couples was lovely too!

Rating: 5 Stars

Merry Critmas is available to buy in ebook and paperback formats.