Author: B.A. Huntley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 14th December 2016
Rating: 2/5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT Characters, Jewish Characters, POC Characters
Summary: Allen’s day begins awful and rapidly turns into a living hell, leaving him without a job, without a car, without a phone, and without much hope that life will improve anytime soon. When friends urges him to bail on the city and come spend Hanukah with them, he agrees—and is glad he did when he meets Lucy.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Love and Latkes is a short story about a man who seems to be following Murphy’s Law perfectly. His apartment is old, his breakfast yogurt had gone off, his neighbor keeps falling asleep in the bathtub causing it to overflow and leaking into his, his car is broken after a hit-and-run and as if things couldn’t get worse, he is also fired that day. But thankfully he has got a good friend, David whose currently pregnant and invited him to stay with him and his husband until he manages to get back onto his feet again. And maybe his life will finally start to take a positive turn during Hanukah.
Allen is a character you just can’t help but feel sorry for. His entire life seems to work against him and nothing he does works out for him.
I absolutely adored the side-plot featuring David, a pregnant transman, and his husband Ahmed. Generally, the diversity in this book was quite well done and I enjoyed it.
I also enjoyed the Hanukah parts of the story and while it was not the most important part of the story it still played a nice role.
However especially the beginning felt forced and over the top and since it wasn’t really fleshed out it was just bad event after bad event in a nearly comical manner. I have the same problem with the main romance, I didn’t really see that much of a connection between Lana and Allen as it all happened really fast and was not given much depth. The story could have been way better if it had been fleshed out a bit more.
All in all it was still an enjoyable read though and there are some really nice scenes. If the author would ever decide to turn this novella into something a bit longer, I’m sure I would enjoy it a lot.