Oliver and Kyle live thousands of miles apart, but each needs a break from his current life and love. Enter the Cloud B&B website, a wonderful new way to exchange homes for the holiday. They both muster their courage, and decide to visit another continent for Christmas.
In the UK, Oliver has been pining after his neighbour for far too long, living his comfortable but quiet life in a town in the New Forest. When his crush moves on in the worst possible way, Oliver is seduced by the chance to stay in fun-loving, sunny Miami.
In Miami, Kyle is a club owning workaholic, who suddenly discovers the man he lives with has been unfaithful. Yet again. As consolation, Kyle is tempted to see first hand the picturebook charm of the New Forest in winter.
Both of them find not just a new setting but a new romance. Oliver makes a big effort to shed his inhibitions and meets a musician, Mark, who plays in the Florida bars, and who may be just as cautious and polite as Oliver in making the first move.
And while Kyle’s trying to come to terms with England’s very different culture—and food!—he’s charmed by Oliver’s best friend Edward, who’s bold and sexy, but secretive.
Will Oliver take the leap of faith and encourage a lover who can and will give the commitment he deserves? And will Kyle find a man who can be loyal and also offer Kyle the family life he needs?
But perhaps more importantly—when Christmas is over, can a new life survive?
Both Oliver and Kyle need a break from their everyday live so they swap homes. This story kept me wondering where was it going to go, after all both of them have responsibilities in their own country. Kyle owns a bar and Oliver owns an antique shop. Yet both are discontent with how their life is at the moment. They are both stuck in the same day to day pattern until they are encouraged to take a Christmas holiday. This is a duel story, a tale of two romances. Kyle meets Edward in England and Oliver meets Mark in Miami. Liam Livings shows his skill as a writer by keeping two very distinct voices of Kyle and Oliver very clear. The only character whose personality didn’t really shine through was Mark. I had a good sense of Edward and could empathise with him, the same with Kyle and Oliver but not with Mark. I also liked that this was a distinctly British story. The majority of it is set in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, with the idealised image of a country cottage and snow at Christmas. Even during the parts set in Miami they were from Oliver point of view. I found these parts amusing, the Brit abroad with all the miscommunications that entails. The epilogue was a nice surprise. Such a sweet happy ever after left me smiling.
This is a lovely story of the spirit of Christmas, family, friends and finding dreams do come true.
4 stars out of 5
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