Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.
Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.
When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.
I loved this story, both Corbin and Alex have wanted someone that they needed or that needed them but they either weren’t looking for it or were too scared if it were to happen. Alex and Corbin first begin with a tentative friendship which builds up to more on both sides but they have to learn how to really open up to each other to risk everything.
Corbin is considered strange but I think he has persevered despite his non-traditional upbringing. I love the world he has built around him and how he sees the world differently than most. These things are what initially draw in Alex and he just wants to learn more about this elusive man.
I liked that we got the opportunity to see this story from both characters’ points of view. We get to see Alex’s open mindedness and
how he doesn’t allow others to influence his life negatively. I also loved seeing how Corbin’s mind worked, at times it was harder to
follow that others but that was expected but also how he was willing to try and change what could happen in his life despite what he was told as a child. I loved their support of Alex’s best friend, Gareth, and the support and push they need in return. I was so happy to see both of these men find their HEA and would love to see a story about Gareth someday.
Cover art by Natasha Snow is wonderful and I love it.
ebook, 237 pages
Published: November 27, 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Edition Language: English