Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: BitterGrace Art
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
It’s been far too long since Christian Matthews has seen Daniel Bailey. In fact the last time they met Chris was a senior in college and he was the TA tasked with helping Daniel who was a way too confident freshman.
Some years down the road, Chris is licking his wounds after being asked to leave the private school where he was teaching. He has no job, no money, and has to rely on his friend Amelia for the job and a room to live in. He needs a freaking Christmas miracle to make this Season anything other than a total loss.
Then Daniel comes back into his life and suddenly everything seems possible. Not only is Daniel still the man Christian wants more than anything, but this time Chris may well actually tell Daniel how he feels.
Guess what awesome readers of our blog? You are getting two reviews for the price of one! Since I am at war with myself over which half of my brain wins for this book, I decided to just give you both.
This is the sappy, mushy, romantic side of my brain. The side that only wants perfection and everlasting happiness for every MC it comes across. This side of me enjoyed the ease of the relationship that formed between the two men who both had crushes on each other in college. It enjoyed the way Daniel was the perfect boyfriend and always seemed to say the right things. This part of my brain wanted to kick Chris for constantly expecting the worst and for not standing up for himself. This half of my brain loved the romance of it all and the way the ending was almost perfect for this Christmas story. It loved the setting and the resolution of the angst and the proposal at the end was perfect for this couple. There was so much pleasantness about this story that this half of my brain went nuts and was happy with the tale.
This is the more cynical and realistic part of my brain. It is the half that will not shut down because this was set as a contemporary story and there were some little things that just did not add up. First, the entire story takes place in less than three months. Yes, the men knew each other in college, but they know nothing about each other now, ten years later. But in 3 months, they meet again, fall madly in love, overcome some serious angst, and live HEA. This half of me struggled with this because the novella really glossed over the men getting reaquainted with each other. It also does not believe the situation with the school would have happened in such a manner or that things would have been resolved so easily. This half did not care for the parents at the hospital as it just did not see the point and again, too easy.
When you mix the two halves of my brain you get me. And overall, I enjoyed this story. I am still not sure which half of my brain wins, but I am leaning towards half one. As far as Christmas stories go, I ended this tale with a feeling of happiness and joy. I am glad I spent the time on this one.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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