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Greeting Cards

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  461 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Holidays are for lovers, just apparently not Ben Haggerty. Not this holiday. After his degree-seeking lover leaves humble blue-collar Ben, Ben spends the Yuletide miserable. He's not accustomed to being alone, not after seven years. Eventually Ben finds his lover's new address and sends him a greeting card asking when he'll come back home—only to learn in the returned corr ...more
ebook, 158 pages
Published December 5th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 4th 2012)
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When Ben comes home from a long day at work, he finds the apartment he shares with Rick, his boyfriend of 8 years, strangely tidy and empty. Although Rick’s note promises his departure is only temporary, several months pass without any word from him. Lonely and inconsolable, Ben asks a friend to find out Rick’s address and he sends a card. The card reaches a student named Jason Prescott. Thinking the card was from his sister, Jason is surprised to read a sad le
This is a wonderful light and easy read. Ideal not just the Christmas Holidays but pretty much any holiday you could think of.

The guys are all adorable, except the assholes who certainly earn the title “Rat bastard”.

While there were a few times I felt the story could of done with just a bit more detail, (view spoiler) Overall they were points I could easily overlook.

3.85 stars
Wow talk about a scumbag of a boyfriend, he's a real loser and chickenshit and good riddance I say. Jason and Ben are sweetly romantic, loved the cute funny greeting cards that went back and forth between them, so glad the sneaky matchmaking effort worked out. A very good enjoyable Christmas romance.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This author penned one of my favorite all time couples Theo and Wills from the free online story The Light in Your Eyes so I am always looking for more from her.

This is a very sweet story and despite what the blurb led me to believe no angst, no drama just a cute 'make me smile' kind of read.
Rick or as I like to call him asshat, leaves Ben after eight years together with no more than a note.
It turns out asshat was far from an ideal boyfriend, one of those guys you love to hate and Ben is su
Tiya Rosa
Dec 07, 2012 Tiya Rosa rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, fluffy-bunny
The characters felt like cardboard cut-outs, the situations contrived, the dialogue flat, and the chemistry off. It's like the writer just followed a step-by-step guide on how to write a holiday m-m romance and forgot about giving a bit of heart into the task. A couple of times while I was reading this, I thought, "I could write this shit!" And that's never a good thing 'cause I'm a godawful fiction writer.

The intentions were obviously good, though, which saved this from a one star rating.
2.5 stars. A saccharine sweet insta-love story that lacks depth and sexual tension. The dialogue between the MC's is totally unrealistic. But the sentiment/moral of the story is nice.
Dec 16, 2012 Ajax1978 rated it it was ok
The two guys sending cards back and forth to each other was cute and seemed to be a misunderstanding that brought them together. Alas, it was engineered by a meddling sister and brother-in-law in one of too many convenient coincidences. Everyone knew each other, but didn't realize they all knew each other. How crazy! *rolls eyes* Ben dreams of having a white split-level house with green shutters, a floppy eared dog, maybe kids. The very next chapter, Jason comes home to his...yup, a white split ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Elspeth rated it liked it
This story wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, I guess I expected more of a schmoopy romance, less instant couple.
It wasn’t bad, I did like it, and I really enjoyed the greeting card aspect, it was just when the time to finally meet in person came I was let down.
There really wasn’t any tension, it was like they knew this was it, they were now a couple.
I guess it was because this book was pretty PG13, and there were no smexy or even boot scenes.
I missed that.
If you are in a meet cute, strawberry
Dec 05, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, holidays
I really enjoyed this book such a feel-good romance. I was so happy Ben got is HEA with someone who is worth it. I loved the greeting cards they gave each other.
Tami (synchro from BL)
Nice little story about Ben, a genuinely nice, hard working guy, who gets ditched by his snobby boyfriend over the holidays. Through some little intrigue he starts exchanging greeting cards (hence the title) with smart and nice Jason. They come together after writing each other a few times and find out they like each other just fine in person, too. The grand finale: christmas together after Ben's last one was so sad.
Ben was a very likable character, not perfect, but very honest and down to earth
Dec 10, 2012 Susan65 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Rick was a complete douche...seriously, he deserved what he got...nothing.

Jason was adorable beyond words and exactly the man Ben needed to restore his self-confidence.

The card writing was really sweet, I loved the whole idea behind that storyline and can see it being made into a movie. :-)

I liked this one, but for me, it was a little too obvious from the beginning what was happening and that took a bit of the enjoyment away.
2.5 Stars Sending cards, waiting anxiously for the mail, writing handwritten notes...what year is this again? Ok there's something very romantic about love letters as Nicholas Sparks, no slouch in the selling schmaltzy romance department, can attest. This one started off appealing enough. We've got Ben, whose boyfriend/live in of 8 years leaves him with just an impersonal note. Through some mix up Ben sends a card intended for his ex, Richard, to Jason by mistake. Ben ends up taking up with Jaso ...more
Oct 10, 2013 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, m-m, jingle-bells
I fell in love with this story! I am a sucker for people who meet online, so this pen pal meeting was right up my alley.

Can I just say how much my heart broke for Ben?. Seriously, the guy was a sweetheart. How could he not see Rick for who he really was? Is love really that blind? I hope not.

So here Ben is coming home to his boyfriend, Rick, of almost 8 years after working a buttload of overtime and he finds the house empty. Yeah, Rick left, but he left a note. Note shmote. I want to punch Ric
3.0 Stars

Ben Haggerty and Richard (Rick) Preston were high school sweethearts and have been together for seven years. Ben is a blue-collar worker who works hard to support his BF and be an attentive partner. Rick is seeking his masters degree in physiological chemistry and looks down on his other half. He's an uppity, arrogant, asshole who takes off one day, leaving Ben high and dry. Ben spends the Yuletide and the next few months miserable, anxiously awaiting Rick's return. Ben eventually seeks
Madison Parker
Dec 06, 2012 Madison Parker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-cry, holiday

Very sweet. My heart bled for Ben, whose self-esteem suffered at the hands of an insensitive jerk of an ex-boyfriend who didn't appreciate the many wonderful qualities Ben had to offer. That initial letter Ben wrote to Rick, asking him to come back to him, had me in tears.

Enter Jason, who reached out with kindess and compassion to a stranger in a time of need. I adored the letter writing back and forth between Ben and Jason. The uncertainty and anxiety they both felt during those first few exch
Nile Princess
Awwwww, so the number of 2 star reviews worried me, but I really liked this!! It's a very simple, straightforward read that's light, witty, humorous and had me smiling throughout. Some people mentioned insta-love but I didn't really get that; mention was made of time passing, various holidays etc, but it's not in an depth look.

There is ZERO sex in this book, just lots of kissing and passing mention of a BJ. Still, it's one I really enjoyed and would read again.

Read this if you feel like curling
Nov 13, 2014 MostlyDelores rated it did not like it
2 stars, minus one for the cover.

Juvenile and sentimental and really pretty dumb.
Mar 29, 2013 Bookwatcher rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, glbt-gay, romance
Giving up, I read half book.
My problems were:
- I didn't connect with the main characters. At all.
- The writing confuses me. My English sucks, I know, but i can tell when a book have a problem. This book have many problems. The facts are told, not described, the writing was weird, and I didn't enjoy it.

Unfortunately this story is not for me. 2 stars
This was just the most clever and adorable Christmas story. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
This looks so good and I love the soft glow of the cover. Gimme gimme gimme.
Free on Dreamspinners on 3/17/13 only!

I honestly cannot, for the world take this book seriously. I refuse to do so.
The writing seems so childish and honestly, something written by an amateur. Which is funny thinking how many books this author has published.

There are the type of books whose romantic plot is unbelievable, but are written so good that you can get lost in the story and enjoy it, even if you know that this will never happen in real life( e.g. Mary Calmes). And then there are books like this one that seem to take themselv
Feb 16, 2013 Natalija rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
Good effort that didn't live up to its potential. Since I loved the whole idea of accidentally sending letter to the wrong address, (view spoiler).

Although I'm glad I read it, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
Dec 13, 2012 Raevyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2012
I can't even begin to say how much I loved Jason and Ben. Ben is a sweet man who did everything to make it work with his douche of a boyfriend, Rick. Rick leaves him without a word as to why and says not to contact him. Ben waited weeks and finally sent him a card asking for some answers. The address was wrong and it ends up in Jason's hands months later. Ben and Jason start corresponding and slowly become good friends. I enjoyed the banter in the cards and how they treated each other. It was a ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
3.5 stars - This is a light, easy holiday read. It's a total comfort read with a cute couple and an adorable romance that will leave you smiling and warm your heart :)
Dec 18, 2012 Anke rated it really liked it
Liz Winters
Jan 13, 2013 Liz Winters rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, insecure-mc
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4.5 stars

This is an absolutely adorable and heartwarming story about two men who develop a sweet friendship via greeting cards they mail back and forth to one another. When Ben Haggerty's boyfriend of eight years leaves him with virtually no explanation, he's crushed. Being an electrician, he never felt intelligent or clever enough for his boyfriend, Rick. It also didn't help that Rick constantly put him down and killed his self esteem. After months apart, Ben decides to send Rick a card asking
Trisha Harrington
As a lot of people know, I am a huge fan of this author. She never fails to make me fall in love with her books. This is another book I absolutely adored, but it was a bit short, so I decided to go with four stars. I don't read a lot of Christmas stories, but this one was definitely cute.

Ben's boyfriend, Rick, left him after eight years together. Trying to find out why, Ben sends him a card with the address he was given for him. Instead of it going to Rick, though, it went to Jason. At first the
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I really loved this story. I thought it was very well-written and cleverly done. I adored Ben and Jason and how their relationship developed. While how they become acquainted is a bit obvious when you start getting into the story, that never effected my enjoyment of the book. It was such a sweet story and I seriously loved the whole greeting cards angle, as well as, the random holidays. It makes me smile even now.

Rick, Ben's ex was a complete dick and I hated him beyond words. Ben was a bit naiv
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