Title: The Night Sky Festival
Author: S.A. Stovall
Series: Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 12/1/2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Page Count: 24
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Photographer Zach is happy to pack up his gear and head to the Mojave Desert over the holidays. Ever since his ex-husband filed for divorce a day before Christmas, it’s safe to say this isn’t Zach’s favorite time of year.
Fortunately, he stumbles upon a town where the residents seem to agree. The good people of Baker would much rather celebrate the possibility of extraterrestrials as they dance under the stars in their unique “Night Sky Festival.” The locals are interesting, to say the least, and they want Zach to join them.
But is Zach ready to let go of his holiday bitterness? And if so, whose invitation should he accept: the cute cashier, the burly single dad, or the sexy fun-loving cop?
3.5 stars- Loved the idea, but wanted more romance
I always enjoy this author’s writing. Her characters are unique and vibrant and her style pulls me right into the story, whether it’s a novel or short story like The Night Sky Festival. This holiday tale had a different sort of setting- a small Californian desert town that embraces the strange. I liked the idea of a holiday-hating character finding himself in a place that celebrates life. I also enjoyed watching Zach interact with multiple different people and personalities, and in the midst realign his own outlook on love and life. The writing and pacing was brisk but steady, and I was more than happy to get lost in Baker for an afternoon. And yet, I can’t deny I was a little disappointed. While there were plenty of brushes with romance in The Night Sky Festival, those relationships never substantially took off or developed beyond a glimmer of possibility. I wanted a little more to go with the charming town, something showing that Zach was getting a second shot at finding his happy ending. So, while this was a nice story that focused on embracing the holiday spirit and the beauty of life, it didn’t give me the warm fuzzies I want from my holiday romances.