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Title: Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas #3)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday
Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.
Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex. No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.
Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.
But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.
Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice
When they entered the building, Gabriel rose from the circulation desk, grinning at them as they shook snow from their coats. “So? How did it go?”
“An excellent start.” Corrina draped her sodden stocking cap on the rack above the coats. “Did you prepare the items I requested?”
“I did indeed, and checked them out in Kyle’s name.” Gabriel gave Kyle a look over the top of his glasses. “I can’t give them to you, though, until you pay your fine, as it’s over ten dollars. Library policy.”
“What items are you giving me?” Kyle asked.
“DVDs.” Corrina patted Kyle’s shoulder. “Paul loves Lifetime Original Movies all year long, but he becomes very indulgent at Christmas.”
“Corrina made the selections—I don’t want you thinking I’d violate patron privacy by revealing his favorites myself.” Gabriel pursed his lips. “I’m quite serious about the fines as well. You owe, in fact, over twenty dollars.”
Kyle pulled his wallet out and handed Gabriel a twenty. “So I have to watch a bunch of sappy romance movies?” And Paul likes those?
Linda Kay had watched a movie in Gabriel’s office while she waited for Kyle, thrilled at her special treatment, and she flirted with Gabriel as they said goodbye. Kyle left the library with his sister, his stack of DVDs and a receipt for his fines, a red circle around a notice that he still owed $5.65.
They stopped by the café for lunch, where Linda Kay alternated between relaying the plot of the children’s movies she’d watched while she waited and singing her favorite show tunes. Once they were in the car and heading back home, Linda Kay sifted through the DVDs Kyle had checked out. “Why do you have all these movies?”
Kyle wasn’t sure how to explain. “Gabriel wanted me to try them.”
“They look boring.”
Kyle had to agree. “I’m going to give them a try all the same.”
He began his first one that evening, as he thawed out from sculpting a fairy princess (with wand) to go with the snow dragon. Corrina said The Christmas Card was one of Paul’s top five. Kyle plugged it into the DVD player, curled up with an afghan and prepared to get to know his crush.
Twenty minutes later, he’d stopped trying to talk himself into it not being so bad and mostly did his best not to vomit. When his mom came in and asked what he was doing, he fumbled to quickly turn it off, as if he’d been caught watching porn.
He finished the movie in his room, and over the next few days he dry-swallowed the rest. He dropped them off on his way home from work on Tuesday, along with the money for his remaining library fine.
Gabriel wasn’t in, but Corrina was, and she beamed at him. “So. What did you think?”
Kyle tried to bite his tongue, but after days of garbage, he didn’t stand a chance. “What did I think? Oh my God. They’re hideous. Was this some kind of joke?”
“Not at all. These are some of Paul’s favorites. I even confirmed with Arthur, though I didn’t tell him why I wanted to know.” Corrina regarded him archly. “What didn’t you like about them?”
Where did he start? “For one, half of them were creepily religious. Going to church is fine,” he added quickly, as Corrina had taught him fifth grade Sunday school, “and you know I attend when I don’t work, but they’re so…in your face. And cheesy. And cardboard. These aren’t even cartoons, these characters. And what’s up with there always being a fiancé or boyfriend who gets thrown over? I mean, it happened in every single movie.” He tried to stop there, but he couldn’t. “How in the world are these Paul’s favorite movies?”
“Something for you to meditate on, yes?” Corrina nodded at the clock. “You’re still on for dinner with him tonight? At seven?”
“I’m running home to change now.”
“Good. Wear something nice but not too nice. Not too tight either, Kyle. Leave some things to the imagination.”
Kyle was starting to regret enlisting Corrina. “I wasn’t planning on club clothes. We’re only going to dinner at the café.”
“That’s right. But remember, darling. No matter what, I don’t want you to kiss him tonight.”
Kyle laughed. “I’m pretty sure it’s not something in the realm of possibility.”
She aimed a finger at his nose. “I’m serious. No. Kissing. You can come close, but that’s all. It’s of vital importance.”
“Got it.” It had definitely been a mistake to involve Corrina. He smiled his flirty smile and waggled his fingers. “Wish me luck.”
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About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.
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