Aaron has spent the past ten months alone. When he meets a sad, yet strangely familiar man on a cold Halloween night, he impulsively invites him home. But the intimate connection they share lasts only until morning. Aaron wakes up alone—wracked with guilt and devastated to have lost his chance.
Or so he thinks.
Thanksgiving brings Aaron another shot at happiness, but letting go of an old love and accepting a new one isn’t as easy as everyone keeps telling him. And by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, it becomes clear that Aaron’s not the only one struggling to let himself love again.
Christmas miracles are all well and good, but it’s going to take more than the Holiday Spirit for Aaron to get his happy ever after.
A story of grief, sadness, and letting it go; and finding love when you least expect it.
Review by Mary
There is a realism and fragility to Alex Jane’s stories that appeal to me. This story spans the three main holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The time when missing loved ones can be acute and there are feelings of melancholy rather than joy. I loved the setting for how Aaron and Dylan meet and homage paid to it’s a wonderful life. The attraction to each other is there from the star but both Dylan and Aaron have their own emotional issues to work through before the time is right for them. This is the Holiday story for everyone who doesn’t want the fluffy but still wants the holiday spirit.
4 of stars out of 5
(Book Reviewed Here Previously)
Wow, this is NOT what I was expecting!
I guess – the strangely familiar thing – sort of set my expectations for the story to go one way and it definitely went a totally different way. Not bad, just different.
I don’t want to necessarily give things away, but I was surprised by that “twist” if you will and it took some adjusting because I wasn’t as forgiving as “Clarence”.
I loved the direct way the two MCs communicated with each other that first night and the way “George” is just so open with his family and WOW did I love George’s family (I’d love to see Kevin’s story in a full book!).
The smexy times were very low key and sort of matched the tone of this – the feels are what are important here, though the two definitely have chemistry.
If you’re a person who loves “widower” stories – this hits all those buttons – man does it! – but I think it also really moves the couple along at a believable pace. What would have made this a 5 star read for me would have been a bit more exploration of “George’s” situation and a bit more discussion of how George and Clarence got from point A to HEA. It’s kind of over in a blink of an eye – very happily so! – but I wanted to see some of that on page.
It’s a sweet, very sentimental and touching holiday story and I do recommend it.
4 of 5 stars
Michael Fell does a FANTASTIC job of narrating this. He gives Dylan a great accent and makes all the characters easily distinguishable. He manages the female voices well and does a nice job with the emotional subject.
I think listening to this really drives home all the emotions and highlights the power of this story.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
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