Review: The Geek Who Saved Christmas by Annabeth Albert
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) as provided by the author.
The Geek Who Saved Christmas is the newest standalone from Annabeth Albert, and it most definitely saved me from what had started off as a shitty Sunday this past weekend. This is a grumpy-sunshine holiday romance, and I was very much a grump for most of the day, and then I started reading this book, and it was very much the pick-me-up I desperately needed. Readers are introduced to an odd couple of sorts--Gideon Holiday and Paul Frost. The two have been neighbors ever since the latter moved in next door to the former about four years ago. Gideon is the perfect neighbor, always ready with smile and never hesitates to help, especially during the holidays. On the other hand, Paul could very well be related Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch. When he gets a call from his younger brother letting him know that he and his girlfriend are coming for Christmas, however, Paul is in panic mode. Gideon sees it all unfolding and easily offers his assistance. With all the planning and decorating, the two forty-somethings become more comfortable with each other and grow closer...MUCH closer. But could Paul send Gideon on his not-so-merry way once Christmas is over?
This book has easily become one of my favorite holiday reads for 2021, and for a sleigh-load of reasons. The main characters had depth to them, and I loved seeing how much growth there was for both Gideon and Paul. These two definitely had their respective stories to tell, and I appreciated that Annabeth Albert sprinkled a bit of angst, but not to the point that the story became depressing. A great deal happens between the two men in what may be thought of as a short period of time, but I'm one of those people who focuses more on the quality of the time spent than the quantity, and each time they were together, you could see layers being peeled back. The inclusion of Brandon and Elaine, Paul's brother and Brandon's girlfriend, as well as an important conversation between Gideon and his ex, Lori, revealed parts of the main characters that made them even way easier to empathize with. This romance also highlights the fact that even people in their forties struggle with communicating with aplomb. The most vital thing to take note of is that the holidays can melt even the frostiest of hearts for love, home, and family. Five stars for The Geek Who Saved Christmas!
Release Date: 09 November 2021
Date Read: 07 November 2021
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