Title: An Open Window
Author: Rick R. Reed
Series: 2017 Dreamspinner Advent
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 12/1/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Page Count: 21
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
A perfect short full of sweet holiday fluff. Even though this book was only 21 pages, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. The HEA was already taken care of at the beginning of the book, since this is actually a flashback story of how Jim and Henry met.
Henry was homeless. The nights were cold, he was perpetually tired, and finding a warm place to sleep for the night wasn’t always possible. Jim, sick of his romance failures and being alone, knew that he needed something more substantial than a one-off. Most people treat Henry like trash, but Jim just sees a really handsome man down on his luck.
This story was short and sweet. I would have liked to read more about Jim and Henry pre-flashback. Maybe a few pages of their banter or cuddling would have made the HEA stick a bit more in my mind, since the ending felt a little abrupt. Since this story was only 21 pages, I knew that it would be lacking in some aspects, but I was actually pretty impressed with Reed’s ability to pack in emotion and plot in so few pages. All in all, pretty good short holiday read.