Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.
But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.
When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.
Jack and Gareth became lovers in book one, Job Hunt. They’re now established and taking care of Nico and Daniel, two teen-aged boys rescued from a pimp in book one.
The bulk of this book is dealing with Nico and Daniel and getting them stable, once and for all, now that they’ve been rescued. They have a lot to work through and some ugliness to face doing it.
Jack has his own “ghosts” haunting him – feelings surrounding Christmas as well as some lingering issues surrounding him and being tied up. Fortuantely, Gareth is a resilient as a rock and helps Jack unflaggingly throughout all this.
In the end, by helping the boys, Jack helps himself and Gareth ends up with a lovely new set of memories for the holidays.
This is a nice sequel. We get a bit more closure for Jack and Gareth and a little bit more background and insight into Jack and his past.
I felt like this wrapped things up nicely, even if it was a bit too “simple” for Jack as well as the boys.
Fans of book one will like this and I wouldn’t recommend it if you haven’t read book one.
3 of 5 stars
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