RELEASE DATE: December 18th, 2014
BLURB: After too many holidays alone, Russ Bishop and Stephen Parker decide to invite Russ’ family to spend Christmas with them. Russ wants to repair the fractured relationships with his father and sister, and Stephen wants to feel like he’s part of a family. But when Russ’ sister, Addie, brings an unexpected guest, it makes an already challenging situation more complicated. The Christmas Stephen gets may not be as perfect as the one he imagined but perhaps happiness can be found in the flaws.
I can read Christmas stories any time of the year, especially heartwarming ones like this, after suffering in “Partners” it was nice to just relax and enjoy.
It’s their first Christmas together and Stephen has decided to invite Russ’s family.
In the past, Russ had quite a good relationship with his father, Alan. It might not have been perfect but their was genuine affection, unlike his sister, problems arose because she was raised by her homophobic aunt after their mother abandoned them and let her aunt influence her.
This time however, she’s bringing her new boyfriend, who also happens to be very open minded and helps her to see and understand that there was nothing bad/wrong in Stephen’s and Russ’s love for each other.
Our men only have this family and as I have said, it’s not perfect, but their love comes shining through when a gaffe is made about surprisingly enough, not their homosexuality but their age-gap!
Alan was a great sub-character for me, I really liked him. He was a good man and it showed when Stephen told him about his parents and his response was “You have Russ now and he’s a good man. And for what it’s worth, ya have Addie and myself, as well. Ya have family, now”.
A good heartwarming novella but it’s not too sweet and the interaction between the characters are very realistic.
****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****