An absolutely gorgeous romance and perfect for Harlequin’s Special Edition line
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is such a gorgeous romance and it makes my heart so happy that it will be the first ever gay romance in Harlequin’s Special Edition line.
It’s the perfect story for a Christmas romance, it’s full of warmth, it’s heavy on the meaning of family and supporting those you love, even if they don’t fit in with what society thinks is normal.
There’s also a gentle heat to it, and a strong message that it’s okay to be different, as is often the case with Roan’s books.
It has characters who don’t follow the crowd, Wes is unashamedly out there will his passion for biodiversity, for bugs and insects, lizards and reptiles.
Gus is a delight, an eight-year-old package of inquisitiveness and confidence, but a child hiding the hurt of already being rejected by two parental figures, her own mother and the man she called Papa.
Adam was a delight, unashamedly emotional, willing to see the best in everyone and courageous enough to return to the town he left when he was 18 because he wanted his niece/daughter to be brought up close to the one family member who did care about them all.
I loved this book, it was a one shot read for me, I didn’t want to put it down until I got to the happy ending, and it’s a glorious one.
However, I will say if you’re not one for children or Christmas, the emphasis on the importance of family (whether blood or not), then this might be too much for you as it’s very much central to everything that happens.
For me, it hit all the things I want in a festive narrative and then some. Plus it was nice to catch up with some of the other guys from the Garnet Run series too.
#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press and the author via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review