Monday, December 15, 2014

ARC Review: The Holiday Hoax by Skylar M. Cates


Blurb:

I’m Evan Goodman, budding actor, future star, college freshman. Oh, and let's not forget—recently dumped. If only my family wasn't expecting to meet my new boyfriend over the holiday break. Enter JD Laurens—a sweet and quiet science major who mostly keeps to himself. When he gathers the courage to come out, poor JD gets abandoned by his only family right in front of me, and now he has nowhere to go for Christmas. But I have a proposition for him: pretend to be my boyfriend for the holidays so I can take him home. It’s a win-win. What could go wrong?



Dani's rating:




No-steam but enough feels to make you go AWWWW!

Evan has never fit in. He was always the "gay" one, the outgoing, quirky one, the boy who pined for the stage. Evan feels things. He tries to pretend he doesn't care, but he can't quite manage, even though he's a very good actor.

Dumped by the slick, aloof Tyler his first semester at college, Evan just wants a boyfriend for the holidays.

Enter JD (who's definitely not named after JD Salinger), a farm boy and science geek dismissed by his homophobic older brother. JD is lonely and scared.

Evan and JD spent the holidays together, but the "role" JD plays becomes more real as the days pass.

This was so damn cute: college boys, first-time love, shy kisses.




Don't expect anything more than hungry looks and fade-to-black. The story wasn't particularly complex, but it was sort of adorable anyway.

JD really helped Evan come into his own, and Evan gave JD everything he had.

Evan's family was one of a kind. I do wish they were less "conservative." Even so, the last chapter made me smile.

A dash of Hanukkah, a bit of Christmas, a mean game of dreidel; stir, throw in a few marshmallows, and be happy.

Get a hot boyfriend, pursue your dreams, live a good life. Yup that about covered it.

Sometimes it's just that simple; it really is.


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