Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas Book 3) by Heidi Cullinan

Winter WonderlandBlurb

Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.
No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight foreveryone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

Review

This is the third in the series, and Paul is our last of the “Three Bears” to find love. Ever since he first decided to leave Arthur and commit to finding his own, true love, he’s been dating a bunch of mis-fits. Just guys who, for whatever reason, don’t fit with Paul.

Kyle has grown up worshiping/crushing on Paul. He’s 25 to Paul’s 36, and everyone but him believes he’s too young for Paul. The town sees him as sort of this sexless but gay Peter Pan, full of light, goodness and gaiety, but he’s tired of that. He wants to be seen for more than his family, his good works, or his looks. And he wants Paul. Full stop.

When Paul realizes that his secret admirer is Kyle, his initial reaction is the same as the town’s. No. Way. Too young. Not his type. Forget it. But after one brief and intense moment where Paul is forced to see the real Kyle he realizes that Kyle just might be the perfect man for him. And he is.

There are, of course, obstacles in the way beyond the age thing. Fundamentally, Paul is still fighting who he is. In a way, both men are. They are both “out” but without serious boyfriends it’s like that’s just a “thing” not who they are. When they begin to really date it changes things, especially for Paul’s (evil) family.

Secondarily there is another library fundraiser to be managed, this year a “Winter Wonderland” that has a scope far beyond one simple event.

Kyle has to decide if Paul is “the one” or just “convenient” and Paul has to decide who gets to choose his life partner, him or everyone else.

**

This is my second favorite in the series and though second, it’s a close second. It’s wonderful! Kyle, Paul and Kyle’s family are truly special characters and it was so much fun to see them interact. “Valley High!”

My heart bled for Paul at the hands of his family. I wanted to punch them in the face, as Kyle says, for how callously they disregarded him. My only complaint was that we never did get an actual confrontation between Paul and his family.

The smexy times in this book, similar to the others, were numerically few on page, but very intense and special. It was so great to have a slight character be all toppy for once and to break that stereotype.

It was wonderful seeing Gabriel, Frankie and the other two bears again. Corinna is hysterical again and so amazing to help settle her “other son” Paul.

Though I’m never a fan of Christmas ooey gooey-ness, I am a total fan of this Christmas series. Though the holiday is central, it’s absolute truest message – LOVE – is honored and therefore didn’t bother me in the slightest.

I highly recommend this book, series and author.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Copy Provided by NetGalley for an honest review

Available November 10th

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