Published by Riptide
Released on October 31, 2015
This story sounded so poignant and heartwarming that I easily snatched it up for one of my holiday reads. One man is living on borrowed time and another doesn’t see the precious nature of his own time until they are stranded together in a blizzard.
Trevor is an artist and a man who has learned to appreciate the zest of life now that his own life may be coming to a close. He needs a kidney transplant and has waited for years. Now, he is down to his final opportunity and the doctor has briefed him on his choices of trying to stretch it out with dialysis or going off dialysis to make it quicker. So, when he can’t get a flight out to his family and is given the opportunity to be with a man who is the first ever to light up his life, he takes it. But it is just for the here and now.
Marc is a successful lawyer and lives for his work. In fact, that’s all he has because his family put him aside when he came out and he can keep a relationship with his hours. His assistant finally tells him that enough is enough. Go and live a little. A blizzard that strands him in a hotel gives him just such an opportunity. He meets Trevor and the connection is instantaneous. In fact, he opens up to Trevor like he has never done only to have Trevor pull back and insist that whatever they have can only be for Christmas. Trevor lights up his home and brings Christmas to his house for the first time. He makes Marc want to try at life. Marc will never be the same. How can he let this man walk out of his life?
This was a story that grabs the emotions from the beginning knowing that Trevor may not live and Marc has never started living. I was cheering for these guys with all my being before they even met up. The story is a shorter length, but the author introduces engaging characters, a strong holiday setting, and a plot that is very much emotion and character driven.
The romance is a love at first sight, but I tend to be more forgiving of that in my holiday stories. There is a lot of sugar, but it is tempered by the hot spicy times between these two. They both really come to life together and it was beautiful to read.
All in all, I enjoyed this one for a quick afternoon read. I can easily recommend it to those looking for feel-good m/m contemporary holiday romances.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Books N Tunes #51 Vince Guaraldi’s ‘Christmas Time Is Here’
This story had a Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol feel to it. One hero is a Scrooge and the other is the sickly Tiny Tim. Okay and that’s where the analogy breaks down. J
But it did get me to thinking about favorite Christmas stories as a child. So here is a list of my favorite Christmas stories. Did any of yours make the list?
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- The Nutcracker (and I refer to my tattered childhood book based on Peter Tchaikovsky’s ballet)
- Cranberry Christmas by Wendy and Peter Devlin
- The Nativity (story from the big family Bible)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schultz (book based on the movie)
- The Elves and the Shoemaker from Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This story even boasted a Charlie Brown Christmas tree which the guys found when they went into the woods and dug up their own tree to re-plant after using it for Christmas. So I’ll leave you with a bit of Charlie Brown to enjoy.