Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Noah Fiore, contracts attorney and dedicated curmudgeon, spends every Christmas with his family on the shore of Lake Superior. It’s practically tradition for his sister to invite a tragic tagalong to the festivities. But this year Kara’s guest is no pity case. Riley Coto is a friend, and his warmth and charm quickly win over the Fiore family.
When Riley overhears Noah complaining about Kara’s habit of bringing home strays for the holidays, he feels more than a little out of place. But Riley finds himself drawn to Noah. Something tells him there’s more to the man than the bad attitude he shows the world. With Christmas coming fast, Riley is falling for Noah, and there’s nothing simple about that.
Yolande Kleinn did a wonderful job with this short story. Noah has a constant frown on his face, but that doesn’t mean that he is necessarily cranky. Riley is drawn the quiet man and both find a quiet friendship with the other. Noah has been hurt by lovers in the past that can’t get past his serious attitude when they realize it isn’t an act and he is afraid Riley will grow tired of him.
For a short story these characters both have great depth and have both been hurt in the past. There are many secondary characters in this story, but they compliment these two wonderfully. It’s wonderful for them to both find the other person that compliments them perfectly.
Cover art by Bree Archer is perfect for this holiday story.
ebook, 49 pages
Published: December 20, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English