December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #24

To get everyone into the mood for celebrating winter, the final month of the year, or any of the many religious and non-religious festivals that will occur this month, we’re showcasing reviews for a range of holiday-themed books here. One a day, and since the books on the web site are all from this year, we’re giving books from previous years some extra attention here on the blog. I hope you’ll join us in having a look at the “Golden Oldies”!

This “is a Christmas story without a single snowflake,”, reviewed by Serena. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.


Book Blurb

It’s twelve days ’til Christmas and Devon Callahan is a dental hygienist with a very big problem…make that two. He’s been unemployed for months and now a thief’s stolen his cell phone. Tracking the guy through MobileMe, he’s got a cyber lead on his purloined phone, but he’s also hot on the trail of a mysterious new job. What’s a guy almost maxed out on his credit cards to do?

He goes to his interview and discovers he could soon be gainfully employed. The catch is he’d have to fly to sunny Waikiki within twenty-four hours to start work at Schofield Barracks, caring for the dental health of thousands of US soldiers stationed in the islands.

Devon is thrilled to be part of such an important post, but what’s his boyfriend, Manco, going to say? His movie producer lover is expecting his entire family to visit from Peru. Will Devon see the sunny side of Christmas in flip flops, or will he be feasting on dinner for one?

Book Review

Spending Christmas in flip flops sounds good, right? I thought so until I started reading Devon’s story and realized the price he might have to pay to get there. Getting a job in Hawaii sounds like a dream, but potentially celebrating Christmas alone and losing his boyfriend are pretty major dampeners on that one bit of good news. The basic problem as much as the lively nature of the story pulled me in right from page one and didn’t let me go until the end. AJ had me in stitches with some of the situations around the stolen phone, the mysterious scratches on Devon’s face and, yes, even with Devon’s patients. But as funny and lighthearted as it is, the story also carries a message about love and family that I found very touching.

It was good to be back in Hawaii, even though this is ‘only’ a story. But the descriptions are so perfect, the background information about the troops stationed there and the civilians who work to support them are so accurate, and the ‘island feeling’ that AJ manages to convey is so realistic that reading this came pretty close to the real thing. Of course, at the core of it was a great romantic story about two lovers who are pulled apart by reality, their jobs and families. Luckily this is fiction, and they manage to deal with it and find a solution in the end.

If you like stories in a tropical setting and with lots of details about life in Hawaii, if you are a romantic at heart and want to see two men get their happy ever after, and if a Christmas story without a single snowflake strikes you as interesting, you will love this book as much as I did.

DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been purchased by the reviewer.

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