Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Thirteen years ago, Eli went on a summer trip with his mother and never came back. Now, existing in a new life as Jacob Somerville, he’s again running from fear and memories, only to end up where he started. As Jacob struggles to reconnect with his father and brothers, he realizes that his lover, Craig Zhao, was the only thing filling his empty heart and standing between him and ghosts of the past. It will take the power of love—from his family, from Craig, and from himself—for Jacob to see that his life truly is filled with the promise of what can be.
If you are a fan of Mary Calmes, don’t miss this 2011 addition to the Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar. I have had What Can Be on my to be read pile for a while now. It is very much done in the Calmes style, with a twink who doesn’t want to listen and a sexy alpha male who wants to take care of said twink. In this case, the Twink is Jake… or Eli, depending on to whom you talk. You know there must be some horrors in his past to cause him to run the way he does. However, it takes much of the story for them to come to light.
What Can Be is a great holiday story because it is more about the love between family than it is about romance. There is no wining and dining. No trying to get a stranger into bed. It about being brought back into the fold of your estranged family after 13 years with open arms and open hearts. It is about finding people that support and love you unconditionally. It is about the meaning of home. All set against the backdrop of the Christmas holidays.
Mary Calmes is a guilty pleasure for me. One I haven’t been able to partake in nearly enough lately. What Can Be certainly gave me a Mary Calmes fix for a while.
The review was based on a copy of the story purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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