Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Lane Freeman supposed there were worse places to be dumped than a place named Christmas Valley. After being ejected from the foster care system, he spent the past five years hitchhiking and moving around. But six months of a steady job at Tal’s Bar and Grill, an apartment, and even a three-legged cat have him almost ready to risk putting down a few roots when Tal’s brother comes home for the holidays.
Dallas firefighter Trey Jenkins reluctantly accepts that Lane isn’t like the other drifters who’ve come through his brother’s place. A fragile attraction begins to bloom between them in spite of the many reasons they each have to fight it. Trey wants to give Lane a family, but experience has taught Lane to depend on no one but himself. Will winter love burn hot in the town called Christmas Valley or will Lane return to his wandering ways?
This was a wonderful story. Lane is perhaps one of the sweetest guys in the world and so debilitating shy you can’t help but love him. Trey is very self assured and will to anything to protect his family. They become friends and bond a little while working at Tal’s bar. When they are forced together during a snowstorm it is hard to hide their attraction.
Not many stories cause gut wrenching reactions, but this story definitely affected me (it even had me in tears at one point). Lane’s complete lack of self worth is heartbreaking to see. We see through his eyes how he has been affected by his parent’s death and his continuous denial in the foster care system, he can’t see how he could be worth or wanted by anyone. Trey makes him see that maybe there is a possibility of something more for him. I loved that we got to see Lane and Trey together after the holidays and see how they are adapting to their relationship in their real lives.
Cover art by Bree Archer is great and give a great visual of the characters.
ebook, 116 pages
Published: December 21, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English