Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.
Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?
When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas--and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?
Puppies and kittens have nothing on this story!
Sophisticated, openly gay Sloane gets paired with the beefy Hank to put together their frat's Christmas party. Sloane finds Hank interesting. And sexy as sin. Hank is a mystery Sloane wants to unwrap (in more way than one).
But Hank is intimidated by Sloane. Sloane makes him feel things he doesn't want to feel. The guys, along with Hank's brother Micah, spend the Christmas at Hank and Micah's classic Americana farm. Cuteness abounds!
There are Amish pies, pushy cows, hay stacks, liberal hippie parent, and dogs!
This story is all about growing up and growing into your own skin. It's about acceptance, family, being young and confused and a little scared. It's about figuring shit out on your own, with a little nudge from your brother and the very sexy boy who joined your fraternity.
Sloane and Hank felt like real college boys. They were smart, but they stumbled. They wanted, but were afraid to want. I really liked Micah's character too; he was perceptive and a very good brother.
The first-person dual POVs worked very well here. Each MC had a distinct voice. The banter between Hank and Sloane was hilarious. Really, the entire story was FUNNY, so very funny.
There was hardly any steam here, but the slow burn was exactly right.
And the cuddles in that barn could have burned the place down, baby!