Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Linden has only one thing on his mind a few days away from Christmas—his pending university exams. That is, until he meets his neighbor’s’ son who has returned for the holidays. Brice Stevens is gorgeous, but he’s insufferable.
It’s Linden’s first love, and he falls hard for Brice, despite Brice’s occasionally aloof and cool behavior. It’s an emotional ride for both of them while Linden takes a crash course in real love and Brice learns to trust in a relationship.
This story was not what I expected and at the same time did not work for me. This is not the sweet holiday romance that the blurb makes it sound like and truthfully isn’t much of a romance at all. Linden leads a very lonely life, he seems to do his best to stay on the outside of all that goes on around him. Brice is basically a jerk from the moment they first meet with only one afternoon that he even acts like a decent human being.
I am not one to judge against insta-love most the time I love them, but that’s when the characters actually work. How Linden could fall in love with someone who never treated him decently just didn’t work and Linden’s relationship with Brice and with his “friends” send out so many warning signals that I couldn’t feel it was possible for him to even be in a healthy relationship. Unfortunately the ending was the only redeeming part of the book to me actually showing the characters seeming to be in stable relationship and real friendships but nothing else in the book seemed to actually lead to that and it seemed out of place.
I love the cover art by Natasha Snow but not sure it’s right for this story.
ebook, 160 pages
Published: September 4, 2017 by Nine Star Press
Edition Language: English