Author: J.J. Cassidy
Genre: Contemporary, Christmas
Length: Short (61pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st December 2012)
Heat Level: Scorching
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: DJ Delaney has two days off, a refrigerator full of food, and a tree with a thousand lights. What he doesn’t have is someone to share it with. Berg Pederson is out of the Army and out of the closet, and he’s traveled clear across the country to spend the holidays with a former lover—until the guy’s wife answers the door. Now he’s stranded on Christmas Eve with no idea what to do next.
Then DJ comes home and finds Berg outside his duplex, looking lost. One look into pale blue eyes, and DJ is curious enough to offer the guy a warm place to wait while he calls a cab, and then, on impulse, offers to make him dinner. Berg isn’t sure why the tall cop seems to be into him, but he’s not going to argue. After all, it’s Christmas Eve, and miracles do happen.
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Review: Berg is fresh out of the army with one goal in mind… reuniting with his ex-lover Rob. But, he gets the surprise of his life when he finds there’s a wife. Now, he is stranded in a city he doesn’t know and no one he can turn to until a neighbor takes pity on him. DJ is alone for the holidays and he doesn’t even have work to turn to. When he gets home, after his shift, he finds Berg looking dejected and DJ guesses what’s happened and offers Berg a place to get dry and plan his next move. But neither man counted on attraction and maybe they will both get what they really want for Christmas.
This is a really hot short that has a great mix of strength and vulnerability. Both Berg and DJ are used to being, and expected to be, strong men, but deep down inside they both need something slightly different. Both men are also pretty pathetic in the relationship department, DJ always choosing the wrong men and Berg just having quick sex. Together they seem to be what the other needs and with a few miss-starts they seem to hit their stride.
Both characters are well written for a short story and you get a very good feel for both of them, and you can’t help feeling by the end of the book that their chance meeting was the best thing that happened to either of them. The sex between them is smoking hot, really smoking and the connection between them is good. The ending is more of a beginning for them and I would love to see more from these guys in the future.
So, I recommend this if you want a hot Christmas story that isn’t too sappy or too mundane, that shows vulnerability and strength and two men starting something special… this book is definitely going in my hot sex fix pile ;-).