HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING
By Sara Dobie Bauer
We met when you were just a child, but you’re a man now and need my protection.
With Christmas Eve approaching, I’ll watch over you.
Whether you know it or not.
Because no one is allowed to hurt you.
No one but me.
At 20K words, He Sees You When You’re Sleeping is a twisted take on Santa, featuring M/M romance, horror, and the holiday season.
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This is one of the most unique holiday stories I’ve ever read; just be advised that it’s a darker take on the Father Christmas/Santa Claus myth. That said, I was so totally absorbed in this story and definitely wasn’t expecting the plot twist near the end. Even with this being on the darker side, it still brought out my tears.
When the story begins, Kris really doesn’t know anything other than what he must do every Christmas Eve. He seems unemotional and mostly apathetic, though understanding of his role as a protector of children…until Jack enters the picture and changes everything. That’s when the really interesting events begin.
The prevailing atmosphere is gloom, but within that there is still hope—due in large part to Jack. He is a beacon of it for those less fortunate and hurting, but also for Kris. Expect an exceptionally non-traditional take on Father Christmas, along with redemption, self-realization, and eventually atonement. There is so much more I want to say about this story and the characters of Kris and Jack, but I think anything else I want to say might give away too much.
What I can say is that this is the most intriguing book I’ve read this year. 5 stars and a Top Recommendation from me for He Sees You When You’re Sleeping. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content, violence, and a scene of self-harm/suicide attempt. Told ya it’s a darker one…but it’s a GOOD one. I doubt you’ll look at Santa Claus the same ever again.
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