The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped. But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend’s ex declares undying love, proposes—and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole’s mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor’s, for a pint and some company.
The moment Owen McGregor sets eyes on Cole, he knows there’s something wrong. So he takes it upon himself to ensure that Cole has a happy holiday: twelve outings for the twelve days before Christmas. Even if he can’t quite think up twelve activities that don’t involve getting the forlorn hunk into his bed.
With each outing they take together, Cole realizes that the love he thought he’d shared with his ex was less than perfect. And that Owen might prove to be more than just his rebound remedy.
Sweet, easy, and low angst, this was a nice holiday read.
Cole and Owen were a good couple, and for most of the story, their romance was slow-burn. There was a lot of getting to know you kind of dates/hangouts, and I enjoyed seeing these two men develop something organically. I think the heat factor was a little lacking, but I'm a pervy girl, so don't go by me.
I think the strengths of this book lie in the details. If you are into cold-weather, atmospheric holiday books, this will fit the bill. I've never been to Toronto, but I feel like I got a sense of the city thanks to this story. The author did a nice job in setting the stage.
My pet peeves about this book have a lot to do with a lack of communication. I HATE communication failures, and even though this book is pretty low in the angst department, I wish these guys just said what they were thinking more often. I also wish the romance didn't feel as rushed towards the end. However, I'm willing to overlook a lot of small issues because this book gave me a happy, squishy feeling inside and some of the profits go to a great cause.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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