Monday, November 9, 2015

ARC Review: Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas 3) by Heidi Cullinan


Blurb:
Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex. No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.


Dani's rating:




This is my favorite book of the series, and it's not just because Paul and Kyle are so damn right together.

It's because this book offers the ultimate HEA: three bears, all happy and settled; family, friendship, love, sex on the kitchen table, Christmas ... all that and penis snow sculptures too.

Snow sculptures are Kyle's thing. He makes them for his twin sister, who has Down syndrome. Kyle is 25, but everyone sees him as a child, including Paul, who's tried every man in Logan, and several surrounding counties, on for size.

Kyle may be effeminate, but he is toppy and likes to be in control. And that's what Paul needs: someone to take charge and make him feel like he deserves to be loved.

Paul's family belongs on the Motherfuckers-Like-You-Shouldn't-Have-Children shelf. They constantly put Paul down; nothing he does is good enough. And when Paul starts to avoid them, they spew their venom all over town and almost ruin a good thing.

Thank the angels that Kyle comes to the rescue!

I loved the dynamic between Paul and Kyle, the hurt/comfort and sweet smexy times.
It all tangled and snarled inside him until it became an explosion of joy, of having. Of being, of feeling.



Paul and Arthur always fought; Arthur gets off on banter and conflict. But Kyle isn't like that. He's easygoing and loves to knit for his man. Kyle is a nurturer; the way he takes care of Paul's elderly neighbor brought tears to my eyes.

Once Paul finally acknowledges that he always runs from happiness, he sees Kyle as a man ... a good man, the RIGHT man for him.

Paul runs hot and cold at the beginning, but kudos to the author for not dragging out the miscommunication. Kyle stands up for himself, and Paul actually listens!

The scenes with Arthur's meddlesome but well-meaning mom made me grin, and I absolutely loved Kyle's family: both his parents and Linda Kay. Especially Linda Kay. She added so much light and love to the story.

This book shouldn't be read as a standalone. If you haven't read the first two books, make a day of it and read all three. Just don't forget the hot cocoa.

"I'm not dating you because you're convenient. Because I don't want to simply have sex with you or hang out with you." He stroked the line of Paul's beard. "I want to be with. You. I want to watch gooey movies with you, and laugh and play and figure out new ways to enjoy sex, but I want to help you through the rough parts of life too."



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