Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
This title was previously published with Silver Publishing in 2011. The story has been re-written with additional scenes amounting to 10,000 additional words with new cover art and re-editing
For Jesse Connor, Christmas is nothing but a series of bad memories. It takes a man imbued with the spirit of Christmas to help him realize that the Christmas spirit lies in everyone–if they only know where to look.
For photographer Jesse Connor, Christmas lost it’s shine when last Christmas, Jesse’s lover, the man he thought had been the one, absconded with millions of dollars from the company he traded for. The FBI landed on Jesse’s doorstep on Christmas Eve, and that was the nail in the proverbial Christmas coffin.
Now, alone in the city, facing another Christmas with nothing more than apathy, he’s offered a chance to see Christmas in a different light.
Can the residents of Eden Vale, and in particular a man called Gabriel, show him that Christmas, and love, can live inside everyone, despite hurtful pasts?
Wow. This is what I have to say about this story. I have read several other RJ Scott Christmas stories and this one is by far the best and my favorite so far. Ms. Scott did a fantastic job with emotions and visualizations in this one. From the start I could easily feel Jesse’s bitterness towards life and love and it sucked me in. He just had to find a away out of this horrible place he was stuck in. Then entered Gabriel and Jesse’s emotions slowly changed. Through his photography, the author subtly showed the audience Jesse’s healing and his emergence from that dark place. She didn’t need to tell the reader what was happening, it was so obvious from the story and the pictures themselves.
The author also used the pictures to paint a wonderful picture of this Christmas town. Is it real? I want to go there.
Finally, the thing that connected with me the most was the ending. The story was so well written that I, a cynical realist who hates the instant love connection most times, didn’t care that these men had only known each other a few weeks, I loved their vows of forever. This is how the instant love connection is done right and in a way that is utterly believable and satisfying. And how did the author pull that off you wonder? She made it so the reader participated in the HEA. She allowed Jesse to admit he was scared and that he needed Gabriel’s help in finding and sustaining forever. She allowed the reader to add his or her own take on what that means. She allowed me to add that bit of realism into the ending myself because we all know that forever is not perfect, and this forever admits to that.
I really enjoyed Jesse’s Christmas. I would love to see more from these men because I want to now how their forever turns out. This story was beautiful in its artistry and deceptive depth. I recommend this to everyone.
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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