Book Review: 24 Dares of Christmas by Lee Blair

24 Dares of Christmas

Author: Lee Blair
Publisher: Bosta Books (November 1, 2022)
Kindle edition, 282 pages
Romance, Adult contemporary M/M romance, Holiday romance (Christmas)
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Summary

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.

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Did I start reading Christmas romances on Halloween this year? MAYBE, DON’T JUDGE ME. Warren would understand me, haha.

I’m actually kind of mad at this book, because it was SO GOOD and now it’s OVER. HOW DARE.

I fell so hard for Warren and his totally bonkers, totally lovable family. I also really liked Reed once he removed the candy cane stick from his Grinchy butt, lol. The chemistry between Warren and Reed is SO GOOD, with Warren basically crushing hard from moment one and Reed being mildly surprised at his late-in-life bi-awakening. This book is very low angst, so come for the Christmas hijinks and stay for the cuddles and eggnog-flavored condoms. Also, I’m not sure how Lee Blair does it, but this book is somehow sort of a slow-burn instalove story? It doesn’t make sense but it’s SO GOOD, AHHH.

If you love hilarious moments, Peppermint mochas, abundant Christmas cheer, and cozying up on a couch with a couple of dachshunds to watch Christmas movies, this is the book for you! (Also, are there actually people who haven’t seen Empire Records? I don’t buy it, sounds fake to me.)

24 Dares of Christmas is a standalone, but it’s set in the same world as Lee Blair’s Tap That Brewery series as well as the novella (I think it’s Perfect Blend. This was my first book by Lee Blair, but you’d better believe the first book in the Tap That Brewery series, Pitcher Perfect. is next on my TBR!! To my knowledge, this book doesn’t have any spoilers for the other set in the same world.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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