THE CHRISTMAS PUNDIT by V.L LOCEY
Will two complete opposites learn to cross party lines to benefit their beloved hometown and save Christmas? Evan Griffiths is enjoying his tenure as the mayor of Cedarburg, Pennsylvania. While it may barely be a blip on the state map, it’s where he grew up, and he’s thrilled to be at the helm of the tiny rural community. With the recent election in the past, Evan can focus on his agenda to bring Cedarburg out of the fifties. Being the first gay mayor in the town’s history is a good start but there’s plenty more to do. His first big job is expanding the yearly Christmas Carnival to lure tourists to his fiscally challenged birthplace. Things seem to be moving along at a good pace then a ghost from Christmases past arrives on the morning bus. As soon as Gideon Pierce returns to Cedarburg he picks up right where he left off back in elementary school—tormenting Evan at every turn. Only this time instead of shoving Evan down on the playground, Gideon is bedeviling him with snippy editorials in the local paper. Gideon is no longer the gangly, bucktoothed kid he used to be. When his gaze keeps touching on Gideon’s mouth and the appreciative fire in his brilliant holly green eyes, Evan finds it harder and harder to keep his mind on witty replies to Gideon’s cutting viewpoints.
The Christmas Pundit was a short mostly enjoyable read about two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum finding a middle ground. If you're not a fan of books that feature politics, this books is not for you as they are a running theme throughout the novel.
In all honesty, my own life experiences colored my view of Evan and Gideon's relationship. Disagreeing on politics is no small thing at the end of the day. While the pair did seem happy at the end of The Christmas Pundit, they simply disagree to much for me to realistically believe they will have a lasting happily ever after which made it hard to enjoy the final chapter.
I did like Evan and Gideon as individuals. They were well written characters with real depth. Both of them had solid personality that were shaped by their history. Their bickering over politics was funny on page even if I believe it wouldn't carry over well in real life. At times emotions did run high but neither of them were particularly sensitive so hurt feelings weren't a running theme.
As much as I liked Evan and Gideon and as cute as they could be together at times, I finished the book feelings as if they weren't meant for one another and in the long run would be happier with someone they wouldn't have to spend so much energy defending their political beliefs against.
The possibility of a second book was teased.
(The End . . . Or is it?)
I honestly probably won't read it.
I will, however, read this author again so long as it's nothing political because their writing style was superb. They did a fantastic job with the character development and setting. It was easy to get into the spirt of family, friends and Christmas because of the vivid writing. V.L Locey is clearly a talented author who has a wonderful way with words.
The plot of The Christmas Pundit just ended up not being my cup of tea.
USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey –
Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures. V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers. When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.