Title: Snow and Moose and Finnish Secrets
Series: Dreamspinner Press’ 2014 Advent Calendar: Celebrate
Author: Reni Kieffer
Length: Short (25 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb:When Jake takes his boyfriend Ian home to celebrate Christmas with his parents in the Finnish woods, Ian, a skeptic by nature who has to deny his preference for guys in front of his own family, is not only worried about the reaction of Jake’s family, but also about the feast itself—and the cold. However, within minutes, Jake’s parents make Ian feel warm, welcome, and at home, and begin to introduce him to their Christmas traditions.
The visit goes smoothly until Jake’s ex-girlfriend barges in and drops a bomb that shatters their peace and harmony—a tiny detail Jake failed to mention to his boyfriend. Angry and hurt, Ian struggles to let go of the past and focus on the blessings surrounding him.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5857
Review: Ian is in Finland with his boyfriend, Jake (really Jakko), to meet Jake’s parents for the first time. On top of that, it’s also Christmas and Jake’s parents doesn’t know he’s got a boyfriend instead of a girlfriend. His introduction to Finland is a little rough, not only does he fear bear attacks he finds out the hard way he also has to contend with moose. Jake’s got some drama that he left behind in Finland when he went to study in New York, which was where he met Ian. Now Ian finds himself in the middle of it and Ian is rightfully angry.
I like this one. It’s simple enough and both Jake and Ian are really likable characters. I also like the underlying story of how Ian dislikes Christmas, it shows just how different he and Jake are, yet they work so well. Very cute and very much had me thinking about “walking in a winter wonderland” – which is pretty good for someone who gets heatwaves at Christmas instead of cold winter.
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