College Christmas Fluff. That’s the gist. And I had fun. And Eli Easton is very good at making that happen for me. This was no exception. 🙂
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.
Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?
When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?
Sloane is intelligent, with a very healthy self-aware sense of humor, and a large dose of insight… about himself, thanks in no small part to his parents, both therapists. Yeah, it doesn’t thrill him either.
Hank is also intelligent, funny and definitely on the serious side of things. He also carries some “mysteriosity” as Sloane likes to say. I agree with him.
We get this story from the points of view of both Sloane and Hank. The chapters, and sections within them, are short and the first few switches in POV were so quick, my brain took a couple of sentences to catch up. It didn’t take any longer than that because each of these guys is definitely unique and there’s no mistaking one for the other.
This story is dripping like liquid tinsel with cultural references. That’s a college pastime, to speak in a language made up of comparison conversations, pulling from the small and big screens, books and comics – it’s all here.
I gotta say, I loved watching this dance unfold. Hank and Sloane fumbling and figuring things out, wavering and wanting, they didn’t know half the time what was going on and it felt so familiar.
The other members of their dancing troupe – Hank’s brother Micah, other frat brothers, Hank and Micah’s parents, the dogs – added to this story. They inhabited kindness, teasing, support, crassness, understanding and hope. And love.
When I think back on all of the stories of Ms Easton’s that I’ve read, I’ve never been disappointed. Behind all of the comedic-based exploration and discovery of life and how the heck we’re supposed to navigate it all, there’s a foundation of heart. This is one has been added to that list. This is literary comfort food for the soul.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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