Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The Christmas Eve wedding Evan Cleary pulled together in four weeks is crashing down around him and taking his fledgling event planning business with it. With an empty altar and over a hundred guests arriving soon, he turns to the resistant, gorgeous brother of the runaway groom for help.
When Richard Patterson’s flamboyant brother storms out hours before he’s scheduled to marry his equally dramatic partner, Richard is left dealing with the fallout. The last thing he wants is more drama, yet he can’t deny his attraction to the effeminate event planner trying to salvage the wedding.
Evan thinks his crush on Richard is a lost cause, but one steaming kiss later, he learns different. What starts as a night of hot sex turns into a connection neither expected. But Evan knows their relationship is hopeless unless the ultra-conservative Richard can embrace every part of him—both in private and in public.
Short, sweet and sexy, this Christmas novella is the very definition of opposites attract. Lynda Aicher starts off on one side of the spectrum with Evan Cleary. Flamboyant, some would say delicate to the point of being effeminate, Evan has worked hard on this Christmas Eve wedding which was to launch his event planning business…even though it had disaster written all over it, starting with the couple in question.
His opposite is Richard Patterson, masculine, solid, gorgeous, someone who has never been attracted before to someone of Evan’s “type”, until now, an attitude that doesn’t sit especially well with Evan. It’s a night of emotional meltdowns, harsh attitudes, and revelations set amidst a wedding that anyone would call the wedding of your dreams. Aicher has described it in detail and I’m sure more than one reader sighed in response.
I liked the clash of personalities which included that of Richard’s brother and Evan, which had a friendship here too. There is a bit of hot domination play here and enough drama to satisfy those who need it in their relationship stories. All in all a satisfying sexy romp.
My only issues? Some very iffy word choices, a very big no if you are at all familiar with my reviews. Two words that should never appear with regard to the male anatomy…canal and channel. And they both appear here. I just start waiting for the tugboats to appear. Or river barges or things of that nature. It almost got this story knocked down to a 3 star but no, the rest of it was charming. When they appear, close your eyes and move swiftly past. Other than that, this story is a keeper.
Cover art by L.C. Chase is nice but doesn’t have enough details to make it stand out from any other cover.
ebook, 83 pages
Published December 14th 2015 by Riptide Publishing
Original TitleChampagne Kisses