Title: Burying The Hatchet
Author: A.C. Thomas
Genre: Romance, Holiday, Contemporary
Page Count: 97
Publication Date: December 7, 2020
Publisher: NineStar Press
Themes: Enemies to Lovers, Second Chance romance, Christmas tree farm, Parental Illness, Outing of a MC, Discussion of past bullying and homophobia
Home for the holidays for the first time in five years, Clayton Osborne steps off the plane with a chip on his shoulder and a suitcase full of grief…only to come face to flannel-covered chest with his worst nightmare. It’s Jake Carver, his high school nemesis and guilty crush. Clayton never expected Jake to still be working on his family tree farm. Of course, now that he’s older and wiser, it will be no problem to ignore Jake’s axe-swinging, barb-slinging, larger-than-life presence. Right?
Thank you to NetGalley and NineStar Press
This was a very sweet story about a man who returns home to his family Christmas Tree farm and finds that the boy he had crushed on in high school was now a man and working on the farm. I really enjoyed this one. I read it in one sitting. I really loved the second chance aspect of this.
I think I would have enjoyed this way more if there was more character development and discussion of their past, though this was a novella so it is understandable that there wasn’t a lot of room for more character development.
I did really enjoy the characters of Clay and Jake. I found their relationship very interesting considering they used to sort-of be friends to where they are now, years later. I think overall this is a very sweet Christmasy story. It all takes place in the lead up to Christmas, so for some pure Christmas romance I highly recommend.