Small town romance at its best. It had meddling townspeople, disapproving townspeople, a bit of Christmas magic and a good snow storm to meld everything together. Ms. Cullinan writes amazing characters who are very lifelike and real to me, they have the ability to feel like the man down the street that I could be best friends with.
I adored that Gabriel and Arthur were not interested in each other when they first met but they slowly find small things in common, and not just their volcanic chemistry. They definitely have chemistry once they find some alone time. Gabriel thinks Arthur is too loud and not book smart, while Arthur thinks Gabriel is too skinny and way too into books.
I related to both of them, Gabriel because he understands that books and knowledge can allow anyone to escape their world into more perfect worlds created by authors. I also related with Arthur because everyone just assumes he’s this horn dog who’s a bit slow and not the kind of man for a real relationship. His meddling mother is determined to find him a man, and even though she means well, I understand how that could become a bit tiring.
While being both an emotional story and lighthearted at the same time, it also touches on some serious issues. I loved the parts where Gabriel teaches about little boys wanting dolls and how boys can have and play with baby dolls too.
I definitely recommend this story, I enjoyed every last bit of it, and even though it’s the second of a series, it is easily read by itself. It’s a great story for fans of small town romance who want that M/M twist.
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