Title: An Open Window
Author: Rick R. Reed
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily- Stocking Stuffers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 12/1/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Page Count: 21
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.
Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.
3.5 stars- incredibly sweet holiday story
An Open Window was a sweet Christmas story about finding love unexpectedly. Told as a flashback, the story details how Henry and Jim met on Christmas Day twenty years earlier. Though their meeting was a bit different, it really captured the spirit of the holidays and made for a heartwarming read.
I’ve been meaning to try this author for a while and after seeing his writing style in An Open Window, I’ll certainly read a full length title by Mr. Reed. The writing was solid with vivid descriptions and a flowing dialogue. And I thought the characters were fairly well flushed out for a shorter story. I definitely understood them and was invested in their story. My only complaint was it ended before I really got to see Henry and Jim together. There are some nice scenes at the beginning and end which touch on the couple’s sweet love, but I was left wishing I had a bit more of those moments either in the present or when they first found love. That said, An Open Window is definitely worth the read if you’re looking for a story that will warm your soul.