Rating: 4.5 stars
Daniel Bailey and Christian Matthews went to the same university and Daniel was even in the same English class where Chris was the T.A. But that is where the similarities between them ended. Daniel was gorgeous, rich, and a bit of a slut. Everything came easy to him, including a trust fund at the age of twenty five and a job guaranteed at his father’s firm. So Chris never expected to see Daniel again once Chris graduated, but life has a funny way of messing with your expectations.
Now years later, Chris is reeling from a series of blows life has dealt him. Chris had graduated and become a teacher, the one thing he had always wanted to be and was great at. But then his boyfriend, a fellow teacher at the private school they worked for betrayed Chris and the fallout cost Chris his job as well as ruined his reputation. The only thing that saved Chris was his best friend offering him work at her bakery. That’s where Daniel Bailey walked back into Chris’ life, not as the rich man Chris expected Daniel to turn out to be, but as a police officer who very much wants Chris in his life. Christmas is a season of miracles, and if it can bring Daniel back to Chris, maybe everything else can be made right too. Everything seems possible in a New York Christmas.
RJ Scott broke out the carols, the mistletoe, and the wassail because this story is permeated with the glow and good tidings of a wonderful Christmas tale. I have certain expectations of a holiday story. It must make me feel good, leave me smiling in joy for the characters who have found love in each other and the season. I love to have some snow (although not necessary), some good deeds, and a couple or couples well on their way to happily ever after. With New York Christmas I get all that and more.
I love RJ Scott’s characters and here she delivers two more wonderful men, reunited after years apart. Time has changed both of them, especially one who seemed destined for a life lived shallowly and at the expense of others. But Daniel surprises Chris and the readers with his depth, charm and commitment, to his job and to Chris as well. I loved Daniel. Chris is another lovely man who just happens to need a Christmas miracle. Fired from the job he loved because of the cowardice of a man he thought cared for him, Chris was almost homeless if it were not for his friend who gave him a job, filling in for a worker out on pregnancy leave. Chris is full of pain over the loss of a career as a teacher and lonely. It is so easy to empathize with this man, so full of goodness that has been trampled on by others. So when Daniel comes back into his life wearing the very uniform that is an emblem of safety, bravery, and wellbeing, you just know that Chris’ life has changed finally for the better. And it has much to the delight of the reader as their relationship unfolds over the next 79 pages.
At the end, there are good tidings, holiday cheer and a couple deeply in love. And that’s how I like my holiday stories and that’s why I loved New York Christmas.
Cover design by BitterGrace Art. I loved this cover, the men are adorable and perfect models for Daniel and Chris.
Available through RJ Scott’s website.