'Tis the season. Greg's nights are silent and his bells don't jingle. This time last year his boyfriend broke up with him, and he's determined to get through these holidays with only minor bruising. So what if he lives with a cat and his best friend is his mother? Peace and quiet: that's life how he likes it. Nothing is going to blindside him this year, no sir. Especially not a rogue secret Santa.
The cat on the cover threw me, and I kept thinking this was a kitty shifter book or something. But it's not.
It's a mostly low-angst, contemporary holiday story about two colleagues becoming friends and falling in love.
Gregory narrates the story in the first person. He's deeply insecure, kind of a push-over, and very prickly. Once we meet Gregory's ex-boyfriend, we get it, but it still didn't make Gregory likable.
Ashley, the other MC, felt slightly one-dimensional. He treated Greg like spun gold, and I was never sure why since Gregory spends the first half of the book being standoffish and complaining about the snow.
There were too many side plots woven in here: Greg's mom and her new girlfriend; Ash's family drama with the homophobic ex-brother-in-law; Greg's ex-boyfriend turned stalker; and, weirdest of all, Greg's boss Carl and the odd moment at the Christmas party that was never explored or mentioned after.
I liked Carl as a secondary character, but I think he was better served as the abrupt but kind French boss vs. a potential love interest.
So, yeah, I had issues, BUT I still found the story to be very readable. Gregory's mom was lots of fun. Ash was lickable, and Gregory grew on me.
I loved it when Gregory and Ash went ice skating. They shared some tender and some truly blazing moments. They trusted each other.
Winter was ever-present: Gregory is always freezing, and Ash likes to keep him warm. The book begins and ends at Christmas.
Plus, that scene on the kitchen table? Yeah, totally worth the price of the book.