Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Posey Roberts
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
For years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless.
In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.
This was cuteness and drama poured into a sweet comedy of errors crust, baked to perfection by crispy-fresh writing. A real holiday treat!
The basic ingredients are simple: There’s young self-made man workaholic Ethan who’s secretly dreaming about being married to the love of his life and partner of two years, Toby. But since Toby doesn’t want to marry – which Ethan learned from a conversation between Toby and someone else he overheard – Ethan never dares voice his wishes, even actively denies them whenever the subject comes up. So everything is well and good until one fine Christmas when Ethan’s sister decides to renew her vows, and it’s Toby of all people who insists they attend until Ethan caves.
What follows is an adorable hodgepodge of oddly behaving family members, secretiveness, mysterious absences and strange goings-on that everybody seems to be totally fine with – except for Ethan. He feels sidelined, even by his partner, and offended to the point where he considers retreating into his sulking corner –aka back home to California—and breaking things off with a partner who he suddenly feels spurned by for no apparent reason.
Fortunately, all misunderstandings are cleared up before Ethan’s patience runs out, and he’s rewarded with a Christmas gift that makes it all worthwhile. So what if the latter comes across a bit tacky and overly sweet? Well, it’s a holiday story after all, and thus a proper sugar high is par for the course.
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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