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Have you ever had something that you’re really looking forward to but dreading at the same time? Jonty’s always longed for a traditional family Christmas, and his boyfriend Devan thinks it’s the perfect time for Jonty to meet his big, boisterous, Christmas-loving family. But Jonty’s sure Devan’s parents aren’t going to think he’s good enough for their son. He probably isn’ Have you ever had something that you’re really looking forward to but dreading at the same time? Jonty’s always longed for a traditional family Christmas, and his boyfriend Devan thinks it’s the perfect time for Jonty to meet his big, boisterous, Christmas-loving family. But Jonty’s sure Devan’s parents aren’t going to think he’s good enough for their son. He probably isn’t. But he is good for Devan and the arrival of an unexpected guest gives him a chance to prove it. Jonty never backs down from a challenge. His mouth won’t let him. But his brain is telling him that if he interferes, he might wreck any hope of acceptance. On the other hand, could his reward be the best Christmas present ever? A little Christmas story that takes place before the epilogue of The Making of Jonty Bloom but can be read as a standalone.


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Have you ever had something that you’re really looking forward to but dreading at the same time? Jonty’s always longed for a traditional family Christmas, and his boyfriend Devan thinks it’s the perfect time for Jonty to meet his big, boisterous, Christmas-loving family. But Jonty’s sure Devan’s parents aren’t going to think he’s good enough for their son. He probably isn’ Have you ever had something that you’re really looking forward to but dreading at the same time? Jonty’s always longed for a traditional family Christmas, and his boyfriend Devan thinks it’s the perfect time for Jonty to meet his big, boisterous, Christmas-loving family. But Jonty’s sure Devan’s parents aren’t going to think he’s good enough for their son. He probably isn’t. But he is good for Devan and the arrival of an unexpected guest gives him a chance to prove it. Jonty never backs down from a challenge. His mouth won’t let him. But his brain is telling him that if he interferes, he might wreck any hope of acceptance. On the other hand, could his reward be the best Christmas present ever? A little Christmas story that takes place before the epilogue of The Making of Jonty Bloom but can be read as a standalone.

30 review for Jonty's Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Snjez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars Sadly, this didn't give me the feels I usually get when I read a Christmas story. I loved Jonty, he's a sweetheart, and I loved Devon. They are lovely together, and I kind of wish they spent the Christmas with just the two of them. I really disliked every single member of Devon's family, except for his dad. I definitely wouldn't want to spend Christmas with them. His mother is a control freak, Cato is annoying and over the top, his sisters are such lukewarm characters, and Griff is just 2.5 stars Sadly, this didn't give me the feels I usually get when I read a Christmas story. I loved Jonty, he's a sweetheart, and I loved Devon. They are lovely together, and I kind of wish they spent the Christmas with just the two of them. I really disliked every single member of Devon's family, except for his dad. I definitely wouldn't want to spend Christmas with them. His mother is a control freak, Cato is annoying and over the top, his sisters are such lukewarm characters, and Griff is just a spoiled brat. The worst thing, however, is the way they treated Jonty. I felt so sorry for him. Not only were they rude to him, but he also had to participate in all of their activities. I'd hate being put on spot like that. Just reading about it gave me anxiety. And I didn't like how they started to change only when Devon told them about Jonty's past. I didn't care about the family drama in this one, nor how quickly it was resolved. As much as I love Jonty, he sounded a bit preachy when he talked to Devon's mother and Griff. And the way Griff had an epiphany after just one conversation with Jonty? I didn't buy it at all. It was too unrealistic, even for a Christmas miracle.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    When I saw Jonty had a holiday book, I whooped with delight! One of my favorite books with one of my favorite guys had a Christmas special coming out? I am so there! As soon as I opened this treat, I knew I wouldn’t stop till I finished. What I didn’t expect were the tears. Ohhh, I sniffled but then I sobbed. Don’t get me wrong, I giggled and shrieked and mainly beamed with great joy. However, Jonty’s fears and disappointments became my own. His pain struck me deeply. And I wanted to rage despit When I saw Jonty had a holiday book, I whooped with delight! One of my favorite books with one of my favorite guys had a Christmas special coming out? I am so there! As soon as I opened this treat, I knew I wouldn’t stop till I finished. What I didn’t expect were the tears. Ohhh, I sniffled but then I sobbed. Don’t get me wrong, I giggled and shrieked and mainly beamed with great joy. However, Jonty’s fears and disappointments became my own. His pain struck me deeply. And I wanted to rage despite knowing he wouldn’t want me to. That’s the thing with Jonty, he is kind down to his bones. He’s a sassy handful but his core is full of compassion and grace. He puts astounding effort into everything he does. He doesn’t shy away from challenges but embraces them with an open heart and open mind. Going to Christmas at Devan’s is…an overwhelming terrifying dream come true. Yep, he’s out of his league and possibly in over his head. But he’s determined to win over his boyfriend’s family, knowing it won’t be easy. Devan was born into wealth with the world at his fingertips but Jonty brings unfamiliar riches to his life. Jonty fills places inside Devan he didn’t know were empty. But can his family see what Devan sees? Or will premature skin-deep assumptions create permanent rifts? First impressions are often lasting impressions but Jonty reminds all of us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I loved belly bursting meals and snowball fights. I loved musical surprises and carefully created gifts. I loved kinky presents and tender sentiments. Most of all, I loved Jonty and Devan. I’d better stop but as you can see, there's no shortage of things to love. Elsborg delivers a hilarious and humbling holiday story with the full monty of feels. It’s so nice, I’ve already read it twice! Beware of: A Hallmark Christmas look-alike you won’t soon forget! The paths behind us do not determine the ones ahead of us…we create our own destiny. And a sensational and sexy holiday tale that will make you laugh and cry…possibly at the same time! This book is for: If you’ve met Jonty, you NEED this. If you haven’t met Jonty, you still NEED this. Trust me! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to revisit an over-the-top Christmas morning…again. Book UNfunk

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trio

    I just finished Reinventing Catoand couldn't resist re-reading this one... just had to meet Cato again! This one's even better the second time around. Jonty fans rejoice; Barbara Elsborg brings us a lot to celebrate this holiday season with the release of her standalone novel Jonty’s Christmas. If you’ve read The Making of Jonty Bloom you’ll know what I’m talking about - this boy’s addictive! Go ahead, I dare you to try and read either of these books without smiling the whole way through. Jonty ha I just finished Reinventing Catoand couldn't resist re-reading this one... just had to meet Cato again! This one's even better the second time around. Jonty fans rejoice; Barbara Elsborg brings us a lot to celebrate this holiday season with the release of her standalone novel Jonty’s Christmas. If you’ve read The Making of Jonty Bloom you’ll know what I’m talking about - this boy’s addictive! Go ahead, I dare you to try and read either of these books without smiling the whole way through. Jonty has never had a proper Christmas, so he’s got no idea what’s in store for him when his boyfriend Devan invites him home for the holiday. While I wouldn’t call Devan’s eccentric family’s holiday traditions typical by any means, they certainly are spectacular! Barbara Elsborg treats us to a truly lavish English country Christmas with all the trimmings. Devan has a wild and wonderful family, and it’s good fun as Jonty tries to navigate the complex dynamics of this wacky brood. As is his way, Jonty faces each new issue and attacks it with aplomb. Doing his best to enjoy the festive event, as well as working to make a connection with Devan’s parents and siblings, our Jonty has his hands full! You don’t need Jonty’s full backstory to enjoy Jonty’s Christmas, but I can say he’s survived some horrible experiences. Instead of falling into depression, or retreating into a place of self-destruction, this plucky young man chooses to live his life looking for the good in the world. Jonty’s optimistic attitude is admirable and inspiring. Jonty still has a good deal of healing to do and while Jonty’s Christmas has some highly emotional moments, it’s balanced with tons of laughter and love. Barbara Elsborg’s messages of positivity, self-acceptance, and tolerance of others come just in time for this holiday season. It’s a great reminder, right when we need it most.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Absolutely perfect

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Glendenning

    3.75 Stars A Christmas novella about love, family and forgiveness that takes place before the epilogue of The Making of Jonty Bloom. Jonty is (for)giving, full of love and cheer as usual. Qualities that were sadly lacking from certain members of Devan’s family. Jonty’s overcompensating humour was on overload. Devan’s and Jonty’s love/support for each other was heartwarming. We meet Cato, one brother I wouldn’t mind reading more about. There’s a long overdue apology and one gift in particular which 3.75 Stars A Christmas novella about love, family and forgiveness that takes place before the epilogue of The Making of Jonty Bloom. Jonty is (for)giving, full of love and cheer as usual. Qualities that were sadly lacking from certain members of Devan’s family. Jonty’s overcompensating humour was on overload. Devan’s and Jonty’s love/support for each other was heartwarming. We meet Cato, one brother I wouldn’t mind reading more about. There’s a long overdue apology and one gift in particular which satisfied my thirst for revenge. I laughed a lot but I also wasn’t expecting to shed a few tears. Jonty has been through so much and I was nervous that his expectations would/wouldn’t be realised. His desire and efforts to be accepted by this family of over achievers, left me sad. Devan’s mother was truly awful 😡. I did enjoy this, but with another imminent lockdown, I guess I was just hoping for a bit more Christmas cheer. Even the sweetener at the end didn’t fully placate me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ariana (mostly offline)

    Loved it. Jonty’s is spending his first Christmas with Devan’s family. A family that boasts highflying careers galore. I totally get why he would feel ‘mildly’ intimidated. Tbh, I think I would, too. But one thing’s for sure – Jonty’s heart is as big and wide and warm as it could be. And anyone not seeing that is a fool! Jonty manages yet again to steal my heart and make me ache and laugh with him, sometimes at the same time. Despite the novella length (or shortness, however you see it) this is pa Loved it. Jonty’s is spending his first Christmas with Devan’s family. A family that boasts highflying careers galore. I totally get why he would feel ‘mildly’ intimidated. Tbh, I think I would, too. But one thing’s for sure – Jonty’s heart is as big and wide and warm as it could be. And anyone not seeing that is a fool! Jonty manages yet again to steal my heart and make me ache and laugh with him, sometimes at the same time. Despite the novella length (or shortness, however you see it) this is packed with so much goodness, it’s definitely an early Christmas treat. Loved how Devon and Jonty stand up for each other, but imo Jonty would have never (view spoiler)[ spoken to Devon’s parents like he did at the end. No way. To Griff, Devon’s brother, yes. But not to the parents! (hide spoiler)] A definite must read if you loved book 1 in the series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Florence .

    4 Jonty is simply the best stars “What instrument?” Jonty whispered. “Please tell me it’s the bagpipes or the mouthorgan. You’re so good at sucking and blowing that I want everyone to know.” I needed a good pick me up book and I knew that this one would be perfect for the job. I absolutely loved The Making of Jonty Bloom but mostly I just adored Jonty, if we had awards for the best character in a book, he would either win or finish very close to the top, he’s just the best. I loved spending chr 4 Jonty is simply the best stars “What instrument?” Jonty whispered. “Please tell me it’s the bagpipes or the mouthorgan. You’re so good at sucking and blowing that I want everyone to know.” I needed a good pick me up book and I knew that this one would be perfect for the job. I absolutely loved The Making of Jonty Bloom but mostly I just adored Jonty, if we had awards for the best character in a book, he would either win or finish very close to the top, he’s just the best. I loved spending christmas with Jonty and Devan and Devan’s family. I laughed a lot, I had a lot of fun, but I cried too. This is a very emotion heavy book and I loved every seconds of it. My only problem with this one is the ending, it was way too rushed and packaged in a nice package that doesn’t make much sense, and all of that happened too fast for it to be believable. But thats it. The rest of the story is lovely, so damn lovely. I don’t have much to say about this except that it was damn lovely and that I love Jonty and I love Jonty and Devan together, so so much. I loved how much Jonty tried to impress Devan’s family and how Devan was always by his side supporting him. Devan’s quiet nature is the perfect foil for Jonty’s very bright and outgoing personality. They are a damn strong couple and they’re so good together. I just had so much fun reading this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denise H.

    Absolutely heartwarming Christmas short story. Jonty and Devon are together, and going to Devon's family Christmas. It will be the first time Jonty will meet the family and he's as nervous as a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs. Jonty has a sad past, but shines in Devon's tender care. Even Devon is unhappy with how some family members are acting, but each man stands up for the other, and truly declare that love. It's funny, and full of closeness for our guys, plus some hot sexiness. Oh, but we Absolutely heartwarming Christmas short story. Jonty and Devon are together, and going to Devon's family Christmas. It will be the first time Jonty will meet the family and he's as nervous as a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs. Jonty has a sad past, but shines in Devon's tender care. Even Devon is unhappy with how some family members are acting, but each man stands up for the other, and truly declare that love. It's funny, and full of closeness for our guys, plus some hot sexiness. Oh, but we do get a reckoning. Great characters, heartwarming scenes ! ENJOY ! =====

  9. 4 out of 5

    oshiiy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars 💫 Jonty, you're one of my favorite characters ever. I loved how strong Jonty was. He was an optimistic guy. Everyone would love him. This was the story of where Jonty and Devan were going to spend their Christmas with Devan’s family. I loved how thoughtful Jonty was. He wanted to give the best first impression to Devan’s family. So, he was very nervous that anyone in Devan’s family wouldn't like him and would hate him. Davon was the best boyfriend ever. He didn't want to let down Jonty. H 4 stars 💫 Jonty, you're one of my favorite characters ever. I loved how strong Jonty was. He was an optimistic guy. Everyone would love him. This was the story of where Jonty and Devan were going to spend their Christmas with Devan’s family. I loved how thoughtful Jonty was. He wanted to give the best first impression to Devan’s family. So, he was very nervous that anyone in Devan’s family wouldn't like him and would hate him. Davon was the best boyfriend ever. He didn't want to let down Jonty. He loved him very much. He wanted to make him happy and wanted to give everything to him. I loved Devan. He was the perfect boyfriend for Jonty. Ugh, I didn't like Devan’s family except for his dad and Cato. I didn't like the way they treated Jonty. I really didn't like Devan’s mom and Griff. I wished Jonty and Devan would have spent their Christmas together rather than with Devan’s family. Except for that part of the book, overall, I liked the book so much. I enjoyed it. I wanted more of them. 💕

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    My heart! What a gorgeous interlude this is I absolutely loved The Making of Jonty Bloom and this little snippet, set after the end of that book, but before its Epilogue, was perfect. Jonty is the sweetest, most kind hearted person and even when he had no cause to, he brings care and compassion to Devan's family Christmas. Loved it. My heart! What a gorgeous interlude this is I absolutely loved The Making of Jonty Bloom and this little snippet, set after the end of that book, but before its Epilogue, was perfect. Jonty is the sweetest, most kind hearted person and even when he had no cause to, he brings care and compassion to Devan's family Christmas. Loved it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer☠Pher☠

    This hurts my Christmas loving soul. I love Jonty. The Making of Jonty Bloom is only one of six books that made my 2020 favorite shelf. I was soooooo excited to get a Christmas story. So happy to get to be back with Jonty and Devan. Beside myself with joy and hope for Jonty getting a family Christmas. This book mostly succeeded until it didn’t. First. I am really struggling with the few times terrible things were said and done to Jonty in front of Devan and not addressed. I don’t understand at all This hurts my Christmas loving soul. I love Jonty. The Making of Jonty Bloom is only one of six books that made my 2020 favorite shelf. I was soooooo excited to get a Christmas story. So happy to get to be back with Jonty and Devan. Beside myself with joy and hope for Jonty getting a family Christmas. This book mostly succeeded until it didn’t. First. I am really struggling with the few times terrible things were said and done to Jonty in front of Devan and not addressed. I don’t understand at all why Devan didn’t speak up. And second, and waaaaaaaaay worse; what really just took the wind out of my sails, Jonty’s behavior at the end. His confrontation with the parents and the brother was so very out of character for him not to mention, it really was not his place. I was torn between my disbelief that he would even do that with my mortification that he did. It ruined the story for me. It just made me uncomfortable and again, I just didn’t believe he would do it. Right or wrong, it just didn’t fit. The rest of it? I still love Jonty and am just so humbled by him. He has overcome the worst of the worst and just keeps going. I was just so happy he was getting a family Christmas and just wished it had played out differently. Sad.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    3.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    4.5+ stars The effervescent and unfiltered Jonty Bloom and his now content boyfriend, Devan Smith are back. ..this time it is to celebrate Christmas at the Smith house. Jonty has increasing anxiety about this and desperately wants the family to like them, but does not hold out much hope. It stirs up all of his insecurities about his own sordid family history, background, and lack of formal high-level education. But Devan has come a long way from the grumpy, bitter man that first met Jonty. He now 4.5+ stars The effervescent and unfiltered Jonty Bloom and his now content boyfriend, Devan Smith are back. ..this time it is to celebrate Christmas at the Smith house. Jonty has increasing anxiety about this and desperately wants the family to like them, but does not hold out much hope. It stirs up all of his insecurities about his own sordid family history, background, and lack of formal high-level education. But Devan has come a long way from the grumpy, bitter man that first met Jonty. He now basks in Jonty's positivity and has found joy in life and love again. All he wants is for his family to accept Jonty and their happiness. And he hopes to avoid his one brother who betrayed him. It will be a family Christmas with all the trappings and activities like Jonty has never experienced. Jonty is plucked right down in the middle of the perfect Christmas he always dreamed about, but the people around him are not quite sure what to make of him. But it will also involve some family dynamics, judgment, disappointments, and honest discussions. Jonty has such a big heart and tries so hard to make people happy, but he is sometimes an acquired taste. Will he finally have a happy holiday himself? This is a short, sweet, witty, inspiring holiday novella about love, family, forgiveness, and the heart of Christmas. I loved Jonty and Devan in this one. Their banter, their love, their chemistry, and their support of each other made my heart happy. Jonty's wonder at the food, gifts, and family traditions is both heartwarming to see and heartbreaking to know that he never had that growing up. Sometimes I held my breath (like Devan) wondering what might come out of Jonty's mouth and how the family would react. I really liked Devan's fun and snarky brother, Cato and hope we see a book for him. I liked some other people in Devan's family and hated others. I was hoping and waiting to see a couple of them put in their place and to find some empathy. But with this stubborn group that might take a full Christmas miracle. If anyone can manage it, maybe Jonty Bloom can. Follow Me: Blog: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    4.5 stars First there was the incredible The Making of Jonty Bloom, be still my heart. Next I read Jonty's Halloween, hilarious and heartwarming. Just now I finished Jonty's Christmas, set at Devan’s family’s home. We see the dynamic through Jonty’s wish to be part of Devan’s family. Tears for Jonty, anger on Jonty’s behalf, and cheers for Jonty’s anchor in life… Devan. I adore this couple who are so perfect for each other. On to search for sea glass in Russia! 4.5 stars First there was the incredible The Making of Jonty Bloom, be still my heart. Next I read Jonty's Halloween, hilarious and heartwarming. Just now I finished Jonty's Christmas, set at Devan’s family’s home. We see the dynamic through Jonty’s wish to be part of Devan’s family. Tears for Jonty, anger on Jonty’s behalf, and cheers for Jonty’s anchor in life… Devan. I adore this couple who are so perfect for each other. On to search for sea glass in Russia!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miriah

    I loved every part of this that was just Jonty and Devan. The beginning was entertaining and I liked Cato and Devan’s dad a lot. The rest of Devan’s family were horrible and nobody seemed to get that Jonty would be anxious. Or maybe they did and didn’t care cuz they’re all assholes with no awareness of their privilege. The gift scene between just Devan and Jonty was so sweet, along with Devan’s first “I love you” to Jonty. But the ending was absurd. Jonty’s character got swapped out for someone I loved every part of this that was just Jonty and Devan. The beginning was entertaining and I liked Cato and Devan’s dad a lot. The rest of Devan’s family were horrible and nobody seemed to get that Jonty would be anxious. Or maybe they did and didn’t care cuz they’re all assholes with no awareness of their privilege. The gift scene between just Devan and Jonty was so sweet, along with Devan’s first “I love you” to Jonty. But the ending was absurd. Jonty’s character got swapped out for someone masquerading as Jonty but was really a family therapist that had to have been fired for being the worst therapist in the world. Seriously, the random preaching and trying to fix Devan’s family, and worst of all: trying to get Devan to forgive his brother…no thank you. That was awful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kerish | Wesmie

    3 stars "Jonty had felt it was like standing outside in the rain, watching a party to which he hadn’t been invited." Awww, Jonty. 😭 I choose to start with the things I did not like and could not ignore: Devan's whole family is except for Devan himself, his dad and somehow, Cato. Jonty suddenly being preachy. Like huh?! The very neat ending..another HUH?! People like that don't just change drastically over night. Now the thing I LOVED -- I relate too much with Jonty that I cried a lot reading this book 3 stars "Jonty had felt it was like standing outside in the rain, watching a party to which he hadn’t been invited." Awww, Jonty. 😭 I choose to start with the things I did not like and could not ignore: Devan's whole family is except for Devan himself, his dad and somehow, Cato. Jonty suddenly being preachy. Like huh?! The very neat ending..another HUH?! People like that don't just change drastically over night. Now the thing I LOVED -- I relate too much with Jonty that I cried a lot reading this book and I like stories that give me too much feels. "“I think because sea glass started off as something unwanted but turned into something that could be loved.” Like me."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Bassett

    Funny and heartwarming Jonty is one of my favorite book characters I’ve met this year, and I was delighted to get more from him by way of this Christmas novella. It had me laughing from the start, but also wiping away a tear or two. It was fabulous and I adored it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    ~nikki the recovering book addict

    5 stars!! Gosh... I never expected a Christmas book to make me laugh, cry and laugh-cry all in one! So good! ❤️❤️❤️

  19. 4 out of 5

    suz ~Always Reading~

    This was a sweet, quick follow up to Jonty & Devan’s story. I lived visiting with them again. Devan’s family was a bit over the top and I could’ve done without Jonty lecturing to his parents. I did love the romantic moments between Jonty & Devan and would love to see more of just them in the future.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lieve

    Loved this one .It warmed my heart and made me feel good . Why ? Well because it’s all about Jonty . A rather short Christmas story but absolutely beautiful and emotional written with a lot of feelings .

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mickie Ashling

    I don't normally read holiday books, but I'm a Barbara Elsborg fan, and fell in love with Jonty when he first made an appearance a few months back. This novella is the perfect Christmas topper for anyone who wanted more of Devan and Jonty. Highly recommended! I don't normally read holiday books, but I'm a Barbara Elsborg fan, and fell in love with Jonty when he first made an appearance a few months back. This novella is the perfect Christmas topper for anyone who wanted more of Devan and Jonty. Highly recommended!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Nice novella with Jonty doing a bit of meddling. I don't like Devans family - especially his mother Nice novella with Jonty doing a bit of meddling. I don't like Devans family - especially his mother

  23. 5 out of 5

    ML

    Brilliant More Jonty! I could read about Jonty for every season. He’s one of my most cherished characters I’ve ever read. I’ll always want more of his story. Always. In this installment, Devan takes him to his family home for Christmas. Devan’s family is quite dreadful and are pretty ugh. Jonty being Jonty makes the most of it. Christmas miracles happen and happiness ensues. Loved this and I’ll reread when Christmas gets closer.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    It was lovely to revisit Jonty and Devan again, even though it was a short story, Jonty, as usual, is a riot, the stuff that still pours out of his mouth is hilarious. Devan takes Jonty home for Christmas and it's a nightmare, 90% of his family are snobs who look down on Jonty, he has his work cut out for him. A gorgeous read, Devan and Jonty are so sweet together, loved this little visit. It was lovely to revisit Jonty and Devan again, even though it was a short story, Jonty, as usual, is a riot, the stuff that still pours out of his mouth is hilarious. Devan takes Jonty home for Christmas and it's a nightmare, 90% of his family are snobs who look down on Jonty, he has his work cut out for him. A gorgeous read, Devan and Jonty are so sweet together, loved this little visit.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terri Jones

    The Making of Jonty Bloom was a fantastic surprise of a novel, primarily because Jonty is a fantastic surprise of a character. This shorter holiday story, when Jonty meet's Devon's family, is the best epilogue I've ever read. It isn't quibble-free. I don't buy the quick solution at the end. But, you see, I don't care; I wanted more of Jonty, and got it, and now I wish book 2 was available. :) The Making of Jonty Bloom was a fantastic surprise of a novel, primarily because Jonty is a fantastic surprise of a character. This shorter holiday story, when Jonty meet's Devon's family, is the best epilogue I've ever read. It isn't quibble-free. I don't buy the quick solution at the end. But, you see, I don't care; I wanted more of Jonty, and got it, and now I wish book 2 was available. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mari Cardenas

    5+ Treasure Hunting Stars!!! The Making of Jonty Bloom is one of my favorite books ever, so when my friend Amy told me there was a Jonty's Christmas book coming, I literally begged Barbara Elsborg for a copy to review. While it could be read as a standalone, for maximum enjoyment read TMoJB first, I promise you'll love it. I'm writing this review in tears. God, I think I cried for most of the second half of this book, my heart breaking for Jonty and hating what he was going through. I will leave i 5+ Treasure Hunting Stars!!! The Making of Jonty Bloom is one of my favorite books ever, so when my friend Amy told me there was a Jonty's Christmas book coming, I literally begged Barbara Elsborg for a copy to review. While it could be read as a standalone, for maximum enjoyment read TMoJB first, I promise you'll love it. I'm writing this review in tears. God, I think I cried for most of the second half of this book, my heart breaking for Jonty and hating what he was going through. I will leave it at that because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, and just say that Devan and Jonty really are perfect for each other and that I loved how they supported and stood for each other in this story. Jonty's Christmas was amazing, fun, angsty, hot and Jonty is as much a treasure for me as Barbara Elsborg is for creating him and giving him a voice. She's such a gifted writer and I'm in awe at how much emotion she could draw in such a short novella. Definitely a must-read, just be warned that if you're anything like me, you'll likely need tissues! *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Reilley

    Jonty Christmas. What a heart warming Christmas story for Jonty. In the end it was so sweet for him to have a family Christmas, of which he has never had, and see the love of Devan’s family. Of course he isn’t welcomed with open armed by some that don’t think he is good enough for Devan. I found my heart aching a lot for Jonty. He just wanted to be able to show his love for Devan and be part of a family. In the end, he proves how worthy he is and the extent he would go to mend the rift within th Jonty Christmas. What a heart warming Christmas story for Jonty. In the end it was so sweet for him to have a family Christmas, of which he has never had, and see the love of Devan’s family. Of course he isn’t welcomed with open armed by some that don’t think he is good enough for Devan. I found my heart aching a lot for Jonty. He just wanted to be able to show his love for Devan and be part of a family. In the end, he proves how worthy he is and the extent he would go to mend the rift within this family. Of course Jonty had me on the floor laughing at what came out of his mouth but you also saw his vulnerability. This is a great short story of love and acceptance and I hope to see more of Jonty in the future. Oh, Psst- I kinda fell in love with Devans brother Cato and can’t wait for his book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anabela.M.

    This was short but it remembered me precisely why Jonty has and forever will have his own place in my heart. I love his resilience, his strength, his big heart and his humor. I wanted to hug him close and protect him from the anxiety of meeting Devan's family. And then, I wished I could reach them, shake them good and open their eyes to the treasure Devon had in his life. But Devon knew and valued Jonty. I loved seeing the two of them together again. Their feelings for each other, their interacti This was short but it remembered me precisely why Jonty has and forever will have his own place in my heart. I love his resilience, his strength, his big heart and his humor. I wanted to hug him close and protect him from the anxiety of meeting Devan's family. And then, I wished I could reach them, shake them good and open their eyes to the treasure Devon had in his life. But Devon knew and valued Jonty. I loved seeing the two of them together again. Their feelings for each other, their interactions were as precious, hilarious and heart-warming as ever. I'll never tire to say how much I adore this author's writing, the way she knows to put emotions on page. In just a few pages she managed to make me cry, laugh and hope bigger for Jonty and Devon. They definitely deserve all the happiness in the world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Nicole Costiera

    I laughed. I cried. I swooned. Jonty Bloom is one of those rare unicorn characters that swoops in and captures your heart and never let's go. He is truly special. I can only hope and pray Barbara Elsborg keeps writing about him! I have a feeling, he won't shut up and give her a choice! He definitely has too much to say and too much love to be contained. ❤ Jonty’s Christmas novella was EVERYTHING I could have hoped for and more! For a short read it was packed with emotions. Jonty and Devan's love and I laughed. I cried. I swooned. Jonty Bloom is one of those rare unicorn characters that swoops in and captures your heart and never let's go. He is truly special. I can only hope and pray Barbara Elsborg keeps writing about him! I have a feeling, he won't shut up and give her a choice! He definitely has too much to say and too much love to be contained. ❤ Jonty’s Christmas novella was EVERYTHING I could have hoped for and more! For a short read it was packed with emotions. Jonty and Devan's love and devotion for each other oozed off the pages. This was perfect addiction to their story and solidified their relationship further. It had me falling even deeper in love with them.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    It was good to spend some time with Jonty and Devan again. I forgot how funny Jonty was. As for Devan's family, his mother was horrible, as was his brother Griff. I really liked his dad and his brother Cato, but the rest of the family was not very welcoming to Jonty. Jonty tried so hard to make them like him, so it was sad when they gave him the brush-off. I really disliked the ending. Aside from being too rushed, Jonty's (view spoiler)[speeches to the parents and to Griff were out of place and It was good to spend some time with Jonty and Devan again. I forgot how funny Jonty was. As for Devan's family, his mother was horrible, as was his brother Griff. I really liked his dad and his brother Cato, but the rest of the family was not very welcoming to Jonty. Jonty tried so hard to make them like him, so it was sad when they gave him the brush-off. I really disliked the ending. Aside from being too rushed, Jonty's (view spoiler)[speeches to the parents and to Griff were out of place and did not sound like Jonty. And, there is no way the mother or Griff would have listened to a thing he said since they thought so little of him. (hide spoiler)]

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