Can true love warm his frozen heart?
When Casey Stevens went away to college four years ago, he ghosted on his straight best friend, Joel Vreeland. He hoped time and distance would lessen the unrequited affection he felt, but all it did was make him miss Joel more. Home for the holidays, Casey hopes they might find a way to be friends again. But Joel’s frosty reception reminds Casey of just how hard he had to fight to be Joel’s friend in the first place. It’s going to take a Christmas miracle to get past that cool façade again.
Joel isn’t as straight as Casey believes, and his years of pining for Casey have left him hurting and alone, caring for his abusive father and struggling to get by. Unable to trust anyone except his rescue dog—and with no reason to believe Casey is interested in him for more than a holiday fling—Joel’s icy heart might shatter before it can thaw.
Can Casey and Joel’s love overcome mistrust, parental rejection, class differences, and four long years apart?
I love, love, love Leta Blake, but Mr. Frosty Pants exhausted me.
If you like angst that is unrelenting, this is for you. Joel was hard to like, and I have a soft spot for a curmudgeon MC. Joel was such a downer, and I get why with a dad like that, but I had to force myself to pick up the book and keep reading at times because I wanted to avoid living in that negativity.
I'll admit, the sex was hot. Leta always brings it with the heat, and she always delivers with her virgins (my fave). But the sex alone didn't warm me to Joel's frosty attitude, which was tiresome rather than endearing.
I sometimes struggle with friends-to-lovers because there is already an intimacy established that the reader just has to get on board with. I struggled a little bit with that here as well, as the intensity of the relationship seemed out of line with what I saw with their communication. However, I was really rooting for them by the end, and though low self-esteem MCs aren't my thing, I even didn't hate Joel by the epilogue.
While I'm sure some readers will enjoy this a lot, it barely got 3-stars from me. Leta Blake has much stronger stories out there.
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