Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/08/2015
Length: 06 hours 17 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Winter Holiday
Sometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.
Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them—just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity—Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not—but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.
But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.
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Turkey in the Snow is my current absolute favorite Amy Lane light Christmas story. Christmas Kitsch is now tied for that honor. I will call Turkey in the Snow my fav short and Christmas Kitsch my favorite long Amy Lane Christmas story.
Rusty was such a great character. He was so in need of love and nurturing. Rusty tapped into the few maternal instincts I posses, those hidden deep down inside and reserved apparently only for characters in books because they for sure have never surfaced in real life. I wanted to wrap him up in love and show him that his family was totally stupid for never recognizing his worth. His emotional damage was so ingrained it became his definition of self and almost destroyed everything good Oliver and Oliver’s family brought into Rusty’s life.
This story made me cry. I hurt so much for Rusty and the way he worded things sometimes. They way he expressed his view of himself, his desires in life, his need for Oliver. Rusty broke my heart. But I also cried happy tears each and every time Oliver and his family did something selfless and wonderful for Rusty. Every time they loved Rusty without prompting or without expectation, I fell in love with them and wished for Rusty to open his eyes and see that he deserved their love! Finally, I cried happy tears because Rusty had a sister who stuck by him through everything and never once hesitated to love her brother unconditionally.
I loved this story. I loved the way it was slow and steady. I loved the way Rusty was presented, developed, and loved. I loved that I could feel the author’s connection to her work and her characters by the way she weaved their tale. If you have not picked this one up, grab it NOW. It is totally worth it.
P.S. I also want to revisit Prism’s first review of this story because it was fantastic. Christine reviewed the ebook and was way more eloquently than I ever could be, so please read her review here.
I loved this narration because it really brought this story to life. I loved Oliver and Rusty and the way I fell in love with them and the way I connected to them through the narrator’s voice.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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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