My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just as in last year’s Walking on Thin Ice, this visit to Cincinnati and to Spenser’s best friend John is an absolute joy.
Unlike Spenser though, John hasn’t found his Happy Ever After and his family dramas have made Christmas a painful event for many years.
When he bumps into the guy who pretty much broke his heart five years earlier, he’s ready to walk away, just like Oz did to him, when he realises the probable reason that happened.
Watching these two navigate their way through all the trials of discovering neither had truly moved on was a lesson in how to create tension without ever overwhelming the story.
John and Oz are perfect together, if only Oz can learn that his happiness is just as important as his family life, and if John can persuade him to let him fully into his world.
I also liked that the ex-girlfriend didn’t provide the usual obstacle but that she too learnt to stand o her own two feet. I also liked. That she was encouraging about John and Oz once she found out and she made Oz open his eyes a bit.
It was also fab to bump into Spenser and Evan again and see the continuation of their HEA with a New Year wedding.
I hope Jocelynn comes back to this setting again.