Author: J. J. Carroll
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Last year in England, Australian Ethan Harvey not only met his “perfect” man in Tristan Lewin-Jones, Ethan shared a wonderful Christmas with Tristan’s “perfect” family—an ideal British holiday full of genteel good cheer and all the traditional trimmings.
Now Tris and Ethan are living in Sydney, and Tris wants the quintessential Australian beach Christmas, with sun, sand, surf, seafood… and the Harveys. But Ethan didn’t mention the Harveys are politically incorrect, rude, crude, and loud. He worries his family will drive Tris away. Giving Tris the perfect beach Christmas with the imperfect Harveys is going to take a holiday miracle.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
Family is a big theme in Christmas stories, and this story is no exception.But there’s a bit of a switcheroo here. Our Aussie hero Ethan is worried about HIS family; specifically about how his imported English boyfriend Tristan will react to them. You see, Tristan is perfect, and Ethan’s family is, well, awful.
What really shines in this short story is the conversation between the two young men, as they begin to step deeper into their relationship and talk about what’s real.
I’ve been down this road and survived. You learn to love the people who love the man you love. Got that?
J.J. Carroll has given us a sweet and funny tale about family foibles and honesty in romance. That, and Christmas in Australia is during the summer. Cool.
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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