When State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.
As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.
When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?
Yum! Friends to lovers, unrequited love and hurt/comfort all in one story!
Noah and Travis are friends, having met through Noah’s brother Joe. Travis is an essentially “adopted” brother to Noah and Joe’s family because, as a kid, his own family wasn’t there for him.
Now they are all adults and though both Noah and Travis know the other is gay, they haven’t allowed themselves to think outside the “friends zone”. Until Travis gets hurt.
Now, with the help of some narcotics, Travis can’t keep his feelings to himself. Luckily, Noah is ready!
What I loved about this: once the cat was out of the bag, there’s very little angst between Noah and Travis. Joe, the BFF and brother, doesn’t cause a ruckus, THE DIRTY TALK (ooo la la -Noah has a mouth on him!), the very sweet and sentimental way Travis thinks about Noah, the HEA.
What didn’t work as well: the situation with Noah and Joe’s mom. I didn’t get her response and it made me sad because I really, really loved her in the beginning.
This is a great holiday short story for fans of dirty talk, friends to lovers and hurt comfort. It’s really well written and though not very long, I felt like it was very satisfying.
4.5 of 5 stars
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