Series: Evergreen Christmas Collection
Author: Gina A. Rogers
Genre: M/M Holiday
Length: Short (38 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner (December 1, 2012)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3+ Hearts
Blurb: Edan has spent the past five years hiding in his home, living with the ghosts of his Christmases past and unable to allow for the possibility of a future. So when his vibrant and sexy neighbour, Tim, barges into his life with a stepladder and a plate of cookies, Edan finds himself living for the present. But can he let go of his bah humbug ways and accept this second chance as the gift it is
Review: This was an “opposites attract” story that was well-written and engaging. A refreshing depth of background and characterisation made up for it being yet another “two guys meet and you just know they are going to fall into bed/love somehow at the end” tale. It ends when they finally pluck up the courage to kiss. The yearning on Edan’s part was believable, and it made a nice change to have only one character’s point of view. I have no problem with it being entirely without sex, that makes a good change, too, sometimes.
The only reason that I have rated it “like” and not “love” is that the ending was totally predictable from the start, and it was just a tad too stereotypical of the Scrooge story. A redeeming feature would have been the torments that Edan had gone through in trying to hide his sexuality, if it hadn’t been glossed-over in a single conversation covering only two pages. I’d recommend this as a heart-warming, sweet read for a cold evening.