From the blurb:
Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.
There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.
But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.
This book is dangerous... no, like really dangerous.
If you are a book addict like me, don't start this book during any day where you have to leave the house. I started this book late at night and then continued reading all throughout my work day.
The dangerous part?
I might have read this book at each and every stop light while I was in the car. I might have read this book while crossing the street to get coffee. I might have read this book while it was pitch-black out, walking back to my car after work.
This is the warm, fluffy, slow-burn-y side of Marie Sexton that I adore so much. I love most of my Marie Sexton books that I read, but this hit me right in the feelz. You have to have faith in Marie Sexton to make everything work out in the end because for the majority of the story, I had a pit in my stomach due to anxiety.
Winter Oranges is a love story between a man from the pre-Civil War era who is trapped in a snow globe, and a jaded C-list movie actor who wants to escape Hollywood. It is an impossible love story, but Marie Sexton makes it possible.
I loved so many things about this story. I loved Ben's enthusiasm, his optimism, and his spirit. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in his situation, and he handles everything is a way that is utterly charming. I was completely won over by him. I also adored Jason. He went from someone in love with his unattainable best friend and completely disillusioned by romance, to someone who fights for love and never gives up.
The way that the relationship between Ben and Jason developed slowly over time worked SO well for me. It was slow burn, very sweet, and believable, which takes talent to pull off (one of the MCs is stuck in a snow globe FFS!). It also gave me that fuzzy feeling inside like some holiday stories do.
A well thought out, well written romance-y romance for romance lovers! It will restore your faith in "love conquers all," and make you want to snuggle up by the fire with some soap opera reruns, old-fashioned movies, some fresh oranges.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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