Friday, November 27, 2015

ARC Review: Midwinter Night's Dream (Unwrapping Hank 2) by Eli Easton


Blurb:
Micah is the hippest, most chill guy on campus. But when he gets the hottest kiss of his life from a cute guy during a game of ‘spin the bottle’, Micah’s cool turns into a puddle of anxious goo. Sure, Micah’s always been a little bi-curious, but he never thought he’d pursue a guy, much less a guy who doesn’t seem to be interested in getting caught.

Leo is passionate about two things: gay rights activism and acting. He stays focused and in control, and he never, ever, dates straight guys. When a chance spin of a bottle at a party has him locking lips with Micah Springfield, president of the Delts, dread-headed, serial-dating, straight Micah, Leo is determined to forget about it, no matter how incendiary the sparks or how gorgeous Micah may be.

Leo has bigger problems. His senior project is directing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream just before the Christmas break. When his venue cancels at the last minute, Micah offers the use of his parent’s barn in rural Pennsylvania. Leo’s play may be saved, but what about his heart? Between Micah’s sweet lips, his family’s welcoming arms, and a devious bulldog who is determined to play Puck, Leo may find himself falling under the spell of Christmas magic.


Dani's rating:




Micah, Micah, Micah, he of the dreads and laid-back tude.

I loved Micah in Unwrapping Hank. He's the big brother everyone wants: supportive of Hank and willing to step back and let Hank claim his man.

Micah is equally awesome in Midwinter Night's Dream. He kisses Leo during the app version of Spin the Bottle (I didn't know that was still a thing) and is HOOKED. But Leo adheres to his Only Homo motto and shoots him down flat.

Even so, when Leo needs a new venue for the student play he's producing, Micah graciously offers his parents' huge barn.




I liked the first-person alternating POVs. Micah is as chill on the inside as he is on the outside. A few short sections are narrated in the third-person by Sloane and a couple other secondary characters. I found this a little distracting and not necessary.

I also wanted more page time with Leo and Micah. The weeks leading up to the play where they get to know each other better are summarized, so the UST is off page.

The steam level isn't high, but the one scene in the barn (where else?) is very sexy.

I loved that Sloane and Hank are still going strong! Having them in the story (but not overly present) was nice. However, the side story with Helen and Yas was random and didn't need to be there.

Huge YES to Micah and Hank's parents and Grinch the dog. This is a FUN, easy holiday read!

And Micah for the WIN:

So. Definitely bisexual. I was stoked about that. It was as if Life had opened up Door #3 when I'd thought the game was already over, and what was behind it rocked.


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