Meant to be a one-night of passion that transforms into something more makes for a satisfying quick listening encounter during the fast pace of the holiday season (or any other time). This was my first time reading this author’s books. She puts together a pair of contrasts for her love interests and develops an engaging if brief plot.
Evan Cleary owns his own event planning business and has spent several weeks prepping for his first big account. He stands in horror as one groom discovers the other has cheated on him the day of the wedding. Evan along with Richard, brother to one of the grooms, must think quickly and turn disaster into success. He needs the references a successful night would bring to his fledgling business. It’s Christmas Eve so Evan thinks on his feet and successfully converts a wedding and reception into a fabulous Christmas Eve Party.
Sparks have been shooting back and forth between the flamboyant Evan and conservative Richard the whole time they have worked on the wedding together. Richard decides to do something about it. With a false start due to his blunt statement that he doesn’t care for fems or flamers to a man who flies his gay colorfully and loud, Richard finally talks Evan into one night. Both agree that it can be nothing more since Richard doesn’t like Evan’s sort and Evan won’t suppress what he is.
The pair soon figure out through their night together that the attraction runs deeper, but their differences divide them. Or do they?
When I say quick, I mean quick when it comes to this shorter novella. It wasn’t deep as a result, but there was definitely enough there to provide an engaging story. Both men have preconceived notions. Evan is reactionary and Richard is cruelly blunt. I winced a few times over their painful moments. The passion between the pair is hot and spicy. The conflict and resolution worked well within the story length and I was left with a smile.
I experienced this story in audio format with Tobias Silversmith as narrator. I heard his work once before and thought he did a great job. This one was equally satisfying. He narrated both Evan and Richard’s points of views well. He caught the tone and pace of the story as well as the emotions so that I could imagine the story easily.
All in all, this was a delightful distraction and perfect when I wanted a complete story with not a lot of time. I would recommend this to those who want an opposites attract m/m contemporary romance set during the holidays.
My thanks to Riptide Books for the opportunity to listen to the book in exchange for an honest review.
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