Some folks have a knack for writing ‘holiday’ romance. It really should be its own sub-genre I’m convinced (and maybe it is and I’ve just missed seeing it) because it has a set of qualities and elements all its own- namely, the holiday spirit plays a role as strong as a main character. A Fortunate Blizzard is a story that is emotional, passionate, and also one where the spirit of the holidays comes alive for two needing souls.
The story opens with artist Trevor Morrison being told at his latest check-up that he needs to start considering the fact that a kidney donor probably won’t be in the cards for him and he has to make decisions whether to stay on dialysis to the bitter end or slip away sooner. The doctor asks him to think about what he wants. And this comes right before he is to fly out and join his family for Christmas. How can he face his loving family with this weighing heavily on him? A huge blizzard interrupts his plans and he encounters a man that takes him away from those thoughts and has him rising to the challenge of giving another guy the best Christmas ever.
Marcus Roberts is a driven, workaholic civil rights lawyer. He plans to be made the youngest partner ever. His drive makes him practically live at the office and reject all other aspects of life even if it means he is alone and lonely for the holidays. His paralegal interrupts him to point out that if he doesn’t get going then he’ll be stranded for Christmas at the office. He doesn’t have the heart to tell her that where he spends Christmas doesn’t matter since he has no friends or family to spend it with. However, he ends up stranded after all when they shut down the highways and he has to seek shelter at a hotel. There he encounters a man who attracts him from the beginning even if Marc has no plans for a relationship.
Marc and Trevor spend a surreal night together at the hotel as stranded travelers in a blizzard and then a bit longer at Marc’s home since the airport is shut down and Trevor can’t leave yet. Between painful revelations and sweet connections, passion and holiday fun, they both learn that there is someone out there perfect for them. In Trevor’s case, he mourns the fact that he can do nothing about it now that he is truly dying and won’t let Marc have to spend his days with a sick and weak man who will leave him. In Marc’s case, he has finally begun healing from the rejection of his mother and brother and started to live because of Trevor and Trevor won’t let them be together even if it is for just the short time he has. Marc is hoping for a Christmas miracle for the first time in his life.
For a novella, this story is powerful. I enjoyed it thoroughly for all the emotions it elicited. The characters were the biggest draw. Marc really grew and Trevor showed his inner strength. This was touchingly romantic even as there were some scorching hot scenes. I loved how the author brought the story from a sense of isolation when they were alone to the end where they are surrounded by family and friends showing just how far Marc in particular has come.
I experienced this book in audio format and have to give high praise for Nick J Russo’s narration. Great match up for the story and did a fantastic job with all aspects including the touching scenes and how a guy like Trevor would sound as he faces his potentially last Christmas. I thought he did wonderful with the wide array of character voices from Trevor’s Hispanic mother to Marc’s sassy paralegal.
All in all, this was an impactive holiday romance that touched me deeply. I can easily recommend it to those who enjoy spicy m/m contemporary romance and don’t mind an emotional read for the holidays.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #367 LGBT
I’ve decided to play a little game of ‘Have You Ever’ The Holiday Edition because I really didn’t have anything spring out at me more than this is really Marc’s First Christmas and he’s a middle-aged adult and might be Trevor’s last Christmas. Nah, I don’t want to go there.
- Have you ever been snowed in or stranded for the holidays? YES
- Have you ever went out and chose a live tree (not at a tree lot) to bring home and decorate? NO
- Have you ever made your own tree ornaments? YES
- Have you ever eaten a non-traditional meal for Christmas? YES
- Have you ever spent a holiday with a stranger? YES
There are my questions and answers. You’re turn and feel free to elaborate.