Author: D. River
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/30/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday
When Troy Swenson left the army to raise his little brother, he had no idea what he was in for. Now a high school history teacher at Brentsen Academy, he finds himself drafted into running the school’s Christmas Pageant. There’s just one problem: He has no idea how to do that.
Fate intervenes and sends him help in the form of Taylor Douglas, a parent of one of his students. Taylor is a handsome, funny guy and if Troy allowed himself to think such things he’d find him very attractive. However, Troy doesn’t have time for romance. He barely has time to breathe as he struggles to keep the Christmas Pageant from falling apart around him.
What he doesn’t realize is that Taylor is going to drag him out for fun no matter what feeble protests Troy offers. Troy finds friendship with Taylor easy. The problem for Troy then becomes, how does he keep the feelings he starts to have for Taylor in check?
This was a sweet holiday story that hit all the right notes without going into cheesy territory.
As a single dad myself I’m a sucker for good stories featuring such characters. Here we have two single parents; Troy Swenson who left the army to raise his brother, and Taylor Douglas.
The two men meet when Troy’s brother and Taylor’s son get into a fight at school. They become friends when Taylor offers to help Troy with the Christmas Pageant he’s in charge of.
The relationship between Taylor and Troy builds slowly at just the exact right pace. There’s a bit of a miscommunication when Taylor tries to kiss Troy but it’s easily fixed once Troy does the adult thing and actually talks to Taylor about the situation.
The supporting characters, mainly the teen boys, were realistic and I enjoyed how their relationship went from rivals to friends. The scene at the pageant is especially heartwarming.
This was an enjoyable holiday tale.
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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