Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Review: Walking on Thin Ice by Jocelynn Drake

Walking on Thin Ice
It’s not easy for Spenser Roland to admit it, but he needs help. Christmas is just a few days away, and he can’t face the idea of showing up to his family’s gathering alone … again. They want to see him happily settled, but Spenser doesn’t date. He can’t risk it if he wants to protect his family. But one unexpected night with Evan Scott has him thinking that maybe he can strike a deal that will make his family happy and give him a little holiday cheer as well.

Evan never should have accepted a ride home from the sexy-as-hell corporate executive, but he’s proud that he stuck to his guns. He’s done with the one-night stand game. He wants something real. Something that lasts. But when Spenser returns, asking him to pose as his boyfriend over the weekend at a Christmas celebration, Evan is sure he’s lost his mind.

But he can’t say no.

Maybe it’s the shadow of loneliness in Spenser’s bright blue eyes that’s too much like his own. Or maybe it’s his heart-stopping smile.

Either way, Evan knows he’s on thin ice with Spenser, risking his own rules and heart, but Spenser is worth the risk.

Todd's rating:

Okay, brace yourselves. Here comes the gushing.

I absolutely LOVED this story
, which was pretty damn near perfect, in my opinion. I was in the mood for something happy and light, which is precisely what the book delivered.

Seeing Spencer and Evan spending time together was electric on page, despite Spencer's claim that he doesn't date and Evan's claim that he doesn't do one night stands.

From the diner scene on the first night that they met, you could just tell that, given a chance, these two guys would be nothing short of incredible together.

And that chance came in the form of Spencer's invitation to Evan to spend a long Christmas weekend with his family.

And Spencer's family? God, how I loved every single one of them. These are how supporting characters are meant to be written, with very distinct, strong and humorous personalities.

I was also amazed how, in spite of being insanely wealthy, Spencer's family, with their large, yet comfortable mansion, never came across as privileged and showy. (Certain president-elects could certainly take a page from their book.)

There were feelings and sparks galore and, although there was an almost insta-love happening, the romance didn't come across as rushed or unbelievable.

Then when it came to sex, Jesus, these two definite knew how to git 'er done. Those scenes were hot and steamy, as well as very touching. Never did I roll my eyes and think 'porny,' which can be a very difficult thing to achieve in stories like this.

Most of the conflict in the story, by which I mean *all*, comes from Spencer's homophobic grandfather, who also happens to be CEO of the company where most of Spencer's family works. He is the reason that Spencer is still in the closet.

But, thankfully, the dramatic parts and ensuing separation are short-lived, then the reader is back to the same feel good read, with a solid HEA shaping up.

I'll wrap up my oozing adoration for the story by saying that I honestly can't think of a single thing that I'd change in this book, so if you're looking for a happy, thoughtful holiday read, this one would be a fine candidate -- especially at only $2.99 on Amazon.

So I'm giving this one 4.5 marshmallowy stars, just not in Evan's cereal. ;- )

This was my own copy of the book, which was not provided by the publisher or author.

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