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I had zero plans to spend Christmas with an alien convict, yet here I am. In possession of a misplaced interdimensional prison with no idea how to return to sender. Worse yet, this convict has no respect for personal space. It only goes downhill from there when, in a moment of desperation, I strike a bargain with him—be my Krampus for the annual Kringle Parade. Oh… and prete I had zero plans to spend Christmas with an alien convict, yet here I am. In possession of a misplaced interdimensional prison with no idea how to return to sender. Worse yet, this convict has no respect for personal space. It only goes downhill from there when, in a moment of desperation, I strike a bargain with him—be my Krampus for the annual Kringle Parade. Oh… and pretend to be my doting boyfriend for the holiday season in exchange for my help. Does this make me a criminal too? It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Warning: This story contains a non-human alien hero, mature content, graphic language, and possible triggers. But also, tons of Grinchy-Scroogey vibes and holiday cheer! M/F romance, standalone novel.


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I had zero plans to spend Christmas with an alien convict, yet here I am. In possession of a misplaced interdimensional prison with no idea how to return to sender. Worse yet, this convict has no respect for personal space. It only goes downhill from there when, in a moment of desperation, I strike a bargain with him—be my Krampus for the annual Kringle Parade. Oh… and prete I had zero plans to spend Christmas with an alien convict, yet here I am. In possession of a misplaced interdimensional prison with no idea how to return to sender. Worse yet, this convict has no respect for personal space. It only goes downhill from there when, in a moment of desperation, I strike a bargain with him—be my Krampus for the annual Kringle Parade. Oh… and pretend to be my doting boyfriend for the holiday season in exchange for my help. Does this make me a criminal too? It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Warning: This story contains a non-human alien hero, mature content, graphic language, and possible triggers. But also, tons of Grinchy-Scroogey vibes and holiday cheer! M/F romance, standalone novel.

30 review for While You Were Creeping

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A fantastically Grinch-y heroine who REALLY doesn't want to celebrate what used to be her favorite time of the year (for reasons, might I add. REASONS!) and a long-imprisoned alien who has a few misconceptions about the women currently holding his leash. I'm speaking metaphorically, btw. There's no actual leash. Holly just has his interdimensional prison in her possession and, well, he's kind of tethered to that thing. Anywho. Holly and Kye. She's nursing her bitterness after a rough breakup (whi A fantastically Grinch-y heroine who REALLY doesn't want to celebrate what used to be her favorite time of the year (for reasons, might I add. REASONS!) and a long-imprisoned alien who has a few misconceptions about the women currently holding his leash. I'm speaking metaphorically, btw. There's no actual leash. Holly just has his interdimensional prison in her possession and, well, he's kind of tethered to that thing. Anywho. Holly and Kye. She's nursing her bitterness after a rough breakup (which is made even rougher with who her ex ends up with) and she is NOT down with the Christmas spirit. But she's trying to break the cycle she caught in by saying yes to things she would otherwise say no to and now she has an alien convict/prisoner in her possession. HA. Happy holidays, amirite? Kye is also caught in a cycle of...well, guilt and imprisonment, I guess. He doesn't trust the witch who now holds his prison, but the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes things are a little off. And, you know, maybe Holly really ISN'T a witch like she keeps insisting. Family, holiday cheer, an alien with an attitude, and a surly heroine who definitely isn't crying. Seriously. It's just spontaneous saltwater expulsion from her eyes. *thumbs up* -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this one. It had some funny moments, sweet moments and character growth. Didn't like George or the cousin. Really don't see why no one could see through them. The witch was a surprise. Favorite character was the aunt who seemed to support Holly more than anyone else. I liked this one. It had some funny moments, sweet moments and character growth. Didn't like George or the cousin. Really don't see why no one could see through them. The witch was a surprise. Favorite character was the aunt who seemed to support Holly more than anyone else.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ☆ syu, the romance aficionado ☆

    I wanted something short, sweet and non-stressful and I got exactly that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    OneDayI'll

    Late for the holiday, but not the fun Holly is done with Christmas. Sadly, the same could not be said for her town. Probably because it's entire set up is based on holiday tourism. But being dumped on Christmas, for your cousin, during the family gathering, well, it takes the sparkle out of the strings of lights. But an odd gift turns out to be more than it appears. Krampus popped out in all his alien glory. And his claws are sinking into her heart faster than his snark. Spoilers ahead. This was a Late for the holiday, but not the fun Holly is done with Christmas. Sadly, the same could not be said for her town. Probably because it's entire set up is based on holiday tourism. But being dumped on Christmas, for your cousin, during the family gathering, well, it takes the sparkle out of the strings of lights. But an odd gift turns out to be more than it appears. Krampus popped out in all his alien glory. And his claws are sinking into her heart faster than his snark. Spoilers ahead. This was a fun alien twist explaining how old earth holidays got started. Reading Wolverk Holiday first isn't necessary, but does help clear up a few beings mentioned. And the Dor Nye series isn't required, but I highly recommend it. This was the fun and steamy distraction we needed at the end of a stressful year. Watching Holly find her feet after heartbreak and subsequently acquired OCD tendency coping mechanisms, gives readers a lift. And our lockdowns aren't fun, but at least it hasn't been a century. Poppy Rhys gave us the gift of her zany humor and hilarious human and alien pairings, and I greatly appreciate it. Oh, and many many thanks for him not taking advantage of her being inebriated. Drunken consent isn't really consent. Scenes like that, where the sober party stops, thrill me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindap

    4.50 / 5 Stars No need to rehash the story...it's already been done here on the GR reviews. The book was such forking-fun!! Enough said! 4.50 / 5 Stars No need to rehash the story...it's already been done here on the GR reviews. The book was such forking-fun!! Enough said!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Cute and sweet Krampus holiday romance. It takes a bit to get going and get a better feel for Holly, but after that, it's all good. Cute and sweet Krampus holiday romance. It takes a bit to get going and get a better feel for Holly, but after that, it's all good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brutally Honest

    “It does look like you’re crying.” “I’m not. It’s water retention in reverse.” LOL. This was a lovely story, funny, with nice amounts of drama, payback to bullies, and fake-dating.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Aaron

    I read this book because I thought the premise sounded fun, in that a human falls in love with an alien that everyone thinks is Krampus. It was an entertaining read, with interesting characters, but I did have some issues with it. It gets 3 stars from me. I haven't read any of the other Women of Dor Nye books, simply because the reviews led me to believe I wouldn't like them. Many of the reviews indicated that rape is a common theme, and I don't like reading about that. My main issue with this boo I read this book because I thought the premise sounded fun, in that a human falls in love with an alien that everyone thinks is Krampus. It was an entertaining read, with interesting characters, but I did have some issues with it. It gets 3 stars from me. I haven't read any of the other Women of Dor Nye books, simply because the reviews led me to believe I wouldn't like them. Many of the reviews indicated that rape is a common theme, and I don't like reading about that. My main issue with this book was that it needed more character development. I needed more backstory on both Holly and Kye, but especially on Kye and his life before he was cursed. The instalove between Holly and Kye just wasn't realistic. They were definitely in lust, but I didn't believe that they were in love. They didn't know each other well enough, and he believed for a large part of the book that she was one of the witches who had cursed him. I simply didn't buy that he would fall in love with her under those circumstances. My rating system is below. 1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it. 2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws. 3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating. 4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one. 5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.

  9. 4 out of 5

    JML

    I loved every minute !💖 Quirky, funny, and down right lovable! This was a fantastic Christmas romantic alien comedy. Kye a Krampus like alien impression for a mistake he made centuries ago languishes is a transdimentional prison only to awaken dying the winter holidays. Holly, once a lover of all things Christmas ,now a grinch do to a horrible ex and humiliating breakup gets a bit of holiday cheer in an unexpected gift. What will she do when her gift spews forth the perfect Krampus alien that mak I loved every minute !💖 Quirky, funny, and down right lovable! This was a fantastic Christmas romantic alien comedy. Kye a Krampus like alien impression for a mistake he made centuries ago languishes is a transdimentional prison only to awaken dying the winter holidays. Holly, once a lover of all things Christmas ,now a grinch do to a horrible ex and humiliating breakup gets a bit of holiday cheer in an unexpected gift. What will she do when her gift spews forth the perfect Krampus alien that makes her change her mind about everything? Omg so much fun is what happens! Lol the chemistry is hot 🔥and passionate! The banter is hilarious and they are just so much fun together. This is a couple human\ alien that you root for from page 1 . It was like watching your favorite Christmas rom/com with an alien twist come to life. I enjoyed it and highly recommend you read it! Thank you for making my holidays merry and bright!💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This was wonderful! Set in the future, where humans have colonized the Galaxy and mix with aliens on a regular basis. Holly lives in a town called Tinsel, dedicated to old Earth solstice and Christmas holidays. Three years ago, the future she thought she’d have was destroyed when she found out her fiancé was cheating on her with a cousin. Ever since then she’s hated Christmas and everything that goes with it. This year, under the guidance of her therapist, she’s starting to let Christmas back in This was wonderful! Set in the future, where humans have colonized the Galaxy and mix with aliens on a regular basis. Holly lives in a town called Tinsel, dedicated to old Earth solstice and Christmas holidays. Three years ago, the future she thought she’d have was destroyed when she found out her fiancé was cheating on her with a cousin. Ever since then she’s hated Christmas and everything that goes with it. This year, under the guidance of her therapist, she’s starting to let Christmas back in a little bit at a time. Everything changes however, when she receives an unusual Christmas gift… Who do horns, tasks, and for, could be so sexy… Maybe it’s a little fuzzy tail

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Did a mini "Christmas in July" reading marathon and this was my favorite of the three novellas I read in a day. Good world building, so that I knew what was going on despite never reading anything from this author before, and I liked both of the leads and the supporting characters. Holly had realistic problems and (I thought) a realistic reaction to discovering her accidental inter-dimensional prisoner! Kye was surprisingly upbeat about his situation, but I suppose he's had a long time to come t Did a mini "Christmas in July" reading marathon and this was my favorite of the three novellas I read in a day. Good world building, so that I knew what was going on despite never reading anything from this author before, and I liked both of the leads and the supporting characters. Holly had realistic problems and (I thought) a realistic reaction to discovering her accidental inter-dimensional prisoner! Kye was surprisingly upbeat about his situation, but I suppose he's had a long time to come to terms with it. I liked how they helped each other and were "real" with one another from the start. Will have to check out some other books from this author!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Another cutie Christmas based story that read like a novella. I was hoping at 151 pages, it wouldn't be quite so novella like. Had it been expanded a bit more, I think I would have liked it better. There isn't a whole lot of world building. Not sure if I should have read the other books in the series first or not, I thought I read in the blurb that this was stand-alone. I wasn't totally lost, but there were a few moments that I had questions. This did flow decently, and did hold my attention. Wh Another cutie Christmas based story that read like a novella. I was hoping at 151 pages, it wouldn't be quite so novella like. Had it been expanded a bit more, I think I would have liked it better. There isn't a whole lot of world building. Not sure if I should have read the other books in the series first or not, I thought I read in the blurb that this was stand-alone. I wasn't totally lost, but there were a few moments that I had questions. This did flow decently, and did hold my attention. While Holly & Kye were likable, I felt I didn't really learn much about their backgrounds. It does have the HEA at the end to give the reader closure.

  13. 5 out of 5

    shawna

    This alien romance was short and sweet and full of Christmas cheer I give it 3.3 . Kye who couldn't love a harry Bigfoot? And who loves Christmas more than Santa clause does. Holly's very good name for a holiday romance character . I loved the epilogue . The story was the same plot I've read a hundred times girls boyfriend cheat with relative and leaves her for said relative. Girl gets invited to ex boyfriend and cousins wedding girl bring another guy that she falls in love with. there's more to This alien romance was short and sweet and full of Christmas cheer I give it 3.3 . Kye who couldn't love a harry Bigfoot? And who loves Christmas more than Santa clause does. Holly's very good name for a holiday romance character . I loved the epilogue . The story was the same plot I've read a hundred times girls boyfriend cheat with relative and leaves her for said relative. Girl gets invited to ex boyfriend and cousins wedding girl bring another guy that she falls in love with. there's more to the story but that's pretty much the plot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary L

    I wanted something light and fun and this was it! The book is written in first person so it was a little hard to read because I usually don't like them but after a while I was okay reading it. Even though it was more like a novella the story was really interesting, learning more about her past and how he became trapped in this prison. I believe their chemistry and love how they start to fall for each other, the sex scenes were hot not too spicy. Again I think this book is more just to turn your brai I wanted something light and fun and this was it! The book is written in first person so it was a little hard to read because I usually don't like them but after a while I was okay reading it. Even though it was more like a novella the story was really interesting, learning more about her past and how he became trapped in this prison. I believe their chemistry and love how they start to fall for each other, the sex scenes were hot not too spicy. Again I think this book is more just to turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mrs S

    This book might become a Christmas tradition This is part of a series but definitely can be read as a stand-alone, and although there are Christmas references, this would also be great summer read on the beach, or curled up somewhere hiding from the world for a few hours I loved this book, and hate spoilers so I am not giving much away here but this is a major injection of feel good, rooting for the couple to get together, wanting to kick a few shins, big grin novel Brilliant!

  16. 5 out of 5

    eevee

    Holly is kind of obsessed with her ex-boyfriend and flushing toilets. Her therapist tells her to slowly start saying yes to things again, like holiday cheer and whatnot. So Holly agrees to have elves visit her classroom this year, but they bring her a very peculiar gift. They give her a prisoner. This was kinda fun and interesting. Not very erotic though and the romance was rushed. Probably won’t keep on my shelf or reread.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Can I just say this was one of the cutest little love stories I have ever read. Holly was relatable, not exactly because her specifics were different, but needing therapy and feeling bitter and angry. Got to say I would not have held it in as long as she did. I liked that she was flawed and imperfect. It made her more real and relatable. Rye was fantastic. His holiday love was infectious and relatable to me in specific because I love the holidays (especially decorating for xmas). I loved the rel Can I just say this was one of the cutest little love stories I have ever read. Holly was relatable, not exactly because her specifics were different, but needing therapy and feeling bitter and angry. Got to say I would not have held it in as long as she did. I liked that she was flawed and imperfect. It made her more real and relatable. Rye was fantastic. His holiday love was infectious and relatable to me in specific because I love the holidays (especially decorating for xmas). I loved the relationship that developed between them. It was a definite got to read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (AndKellyReads)

    So much freaking fun Oh my GOD this was an absolute delight. Holly and Kye were SO FLIPPIN CUTE and the enemies to lovers vibes? On point. The steam? Aces. The Christmas cheer and hilarious banter? Spot on. Who knew I’d fall in love with a cursed Krampus with an affinity for whipping sticks and a vibrating appendage? Not me, that’s who. There was *literally* only one thing wrong with it, and it still didn’t dampen my mood. I loved it. What a god damn treat.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charde Jackson

    Loved it! This holiday tail involved a furred hero locked in an interdementional prison and the jilted, no longer Christmas loving herione. It was great! The town of Tinsel was festive, the mean girls were vindictive, Holly was avoiding the season and her habits were hilarious! Loved this book! Must read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lenna

    Cute and fun This was unexpectedly adorable. The grumpy girl meets a Krampus looking alien. The attraction and growing relationship were fun to read and everyone was likeable. The crazy family and Christmas themed town added a lot of personality and depth even though it was a shorter book. I would recommend this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Thumbs up I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. But it turned out better than I thought. It should have a new title tho. The current name of this book (to me) doesn’t fit. I get where it comes from. BUT. We don’t need to talk about “what’s his name” anymore then needed. Overall. Great book! HEA I wasn’t expecting. Perfect.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Livey

    This was a cute one This was a Christmas tale of a town where aliens and human dwell together. The main character comes from a huge family and they love Christmas. She was recently bamboozled by her cousin and ex and has to go to their wedding. She unexpected receives a gift, her own Kramp who agrees to be her boyfriend for the month of December if she can free him.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    A Delightful Standalone I was nervous about trying this book because I did not care for the first book of the Women of Dor Nye series but the synopsis was so good, I gave in. I'm glad I did! This was a lovely, heartwarming, festive story with just enough spice and a nice side of alien. Highly recommend! A Delightful Standalone I was nervous about trying this book because I did not care for the first book of the Women of Dor Nye series but the synopsis was so good, I gave in. I'm glad I did! This was a lovely, heartwarming, festive story with just enough spice and a nice side of alien. Highly recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Great read This was an excellent read, I wish I would have caught it b4 christmas! How perfect. Love dor nye, I have read each book, and will read anything Poppy rights. Great world, awesomely flawed characters. Please keep 'em coming! Hurry hurry! Great read This was an excellent read, I wish I would have caught it b4 christmas! How perfect. Love dor nye, I have read each book, and will read anything Poppy rights. Great world, awesomely flawed characters. Please keep 'em coming! Hurry hurry!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    While You were Creeping Lol I just loved Kye & Holly’s story. Outrageously funny and sweet. The women of Dor Nye are so awesome and I love reading their stories. I can't wait for the next one to come out. I would really recommend this book. While You were Creeping Lol I just loved Kye & Holly’s story. Outrageously funny and sweet. The women of Dor Nye are so awesome and I love reading their stories. I can't wait for the next one to come out. I would really recommend this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tamika

    😍😍😍😍😍 Holly and Kye were awesome. I just loved this book. I think I've read all of books from Women of Dor Nye, and all of them were just as great as this one. It gets all 5 stars from me. 😍😍😍😍😍 Holly and Kye were awesome. I just loved this book. I think I've read all of books from Women of Dor Nye, and all of them were just as great as this one. It gets all 5 stars from me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joeie L Clark

    Funny and Charming A great read, loved the story line. Absolutely loved Kye's character, very charming and fun. Holly is a great character, her flushing obsession was a riot. Can't wait to read more from Mrs. Rhys!!! Funny and Charming A great read, loved the story line. Absolutely loved Kye's character, very charming and fun. Holly is a great character, her flushing obsession was a riot. Can't wait to read more from Mrs. Rhys!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Jones

    Perfect Grump and cheer I enjoyed this quick read. I fell for the humor of Kye from the beginning. Glad holly turned into a stronger character. Adored her Aunt Greta that's my Spirit angel lol Perfect Grump and cheer I enjoyed this quick read. I fell for the humor of Kye from the beginning. Glad holly turned into a stronger character. Adored her Aunt Greta that's my Spirit angel lol

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie A

    I loved this book!!!! This book was exactly what I needed. It was funny, had a great challenge to solve and great character development. Somehow it even made me tear up bc I really was rooting for the hero and heroine. Short, sweet and satisfying.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christa DeClue

    Feel good Not sure how I found myself reading a Christmas themed alien romance on Halloween but I am not mad I did. What a cute story. This is my first book by this author but she now has a fan.

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