Scrudge & Barley, Inc. by John Inman #mm #review @dreamspinners

Scrudge & Barley, Inc.

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A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions! Poor Mr. Dickens must be twirling in his grave.

When E.B. Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all-around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can’t imagine how his life could sink any lower. But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse! Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out the trio, a big, hunky bear with nipple rings and a butt plug! What’s next?

What’s next is a good deal of soul-searching and some hard lessons learned with a dash of redemption thrown in for good measure.

And love too, believe it or not. Love that had been simmering all along at the heart of Scrudge’s miserable existence, although he was too selfish to see it—until a trio of holiday beasties pointed his sorry ass in the right direction.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Listening to Andrea LeeTAG

Yes, it’s the classic tale we’ve heard and seen over and over again. And yes, Mr. Inman put his magical touch to it and made it charming, witty, sweet, maddening and sexy. And yes I even felt a little (just a little) sorry for that a-hole in the beginning. But by the end of the book I was cheering for both of them. And the HEA I knew they deserved.

We’ve got Ebbie, the mean boss. Who inherited the company from an equally mean man who happened to be his lover although using the word ‘love’ is a stretch.

And then we have Willie, Ebbie’s personal assistant who happens to be in love with the SOB. Willie is not blind to all the bad that Ebbie is doing, but the heart knows what it wants, right?


Just as we all know how the tale goes, so does this book. But it’s entertaining to read the spin this time. To see that connection that Ebbie and Willie already have. And how it breaks down, by the three spirits and is built up again by love.

Then of course the battle Willie has everyday trying to take care of his sick mother. All makes for a well rounded, funny tale with a warm meaning we can all learn from.


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