Two couples, two unique stories of love at Christmastime…
Harrison and Paulo were once passionate lovers – until tragedy tore them apart. When the men miss an opportunity to reconnect at a Christmas party, Paulo is prepared to move heaven and earth to see Harrison again.
Michael’s coming out didn’t go down well in his conservative hometown of Omagh, and the bullies are out to get him. But he has a guardian angel on his side – his unrequited long-term crush, Tom.
Will the magic of Christmas in Ireland be enough to see these two couples through?
This book features characters from the Seeds of Tyrone series, but can be read and enjoyed independently.
Before I give my opinion of the book I do want to mention there are two stories in this book. They’re independent of each other, but related. Though should be read together though. Not all tags are for both books.
These stories were wonderful. I loved getting to see characters from the previous two books briefly. It was lovely checking in with them to see how they’re doing.
Paulo and Harrison were sweet. I was confused by Prudence’s actions. She acted one way, and the opposite two pages later. Then Harrison forgives her really quickly considering what she did. I was surprised he still wanted to be friends with Prudence after what she did. She did give some reasoning, I just didn’t think it was well portrayed.
Paulo was so in love with Harrison. You could feel his emotions coming through so clear in the story. Though it took him a while to understand why Harrison struggled before. But once they both clicked on why they broke up it was just beautiful. Harrison breaks my heart with his past and the hoops he has to go through to get somewhere he can consider himself “normal”. They end somewhere between a happy for now and happily ever after. They’re solid and have plans to make a relationship work. However they just got back together so you don’t get to see it.
Tom and Michael were my favorite though. These two went through so much to get together. They’d been friendly towards each other for a while. Then they became better friends. Which grew to more. It’s a super slow burn but I loved every minute of it. I kept wondering if they were going to admit their feelings. Then wondered if they’d figure out how to make it work. About three quarters through I truly didn’t think they were going to get together before the end of the story.
Michael deals with some heavy bullying throughout the story. You hurt for him and those that stand up for him. Tom’s family was fabulous. I love how silly they are how they support Tom no matter what. Plus they bring Michael into their fold easily.
The ending is a tiny bit rushed. Not everything is all tied up. However everything is at least addressed. I really hope to see Tom and Michael again in the future. They are lovely and are just starting their journey to an amazing happy ending.
About The Authors:
DEBBIE McGOWAN is an author and publisher based in a semi-rural corner of Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven, realist fiction, celebrating life, love and relationships. A working class girl, she ‘ran away’ to London at seventeen, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At twenty-five, she went back to college to study social science— tough with two toddlers, but they had a ‘stay at home’ dad, so it worked itself out. These days, the toddlers are young women (much to their chagrin), and Debbie teaches undergraduate students, writes novels and runs an independent publishing company, occasionally grabbing an hour of sleep where she can.
RAINE O’TIERNEY wants to change the world…one sweet story at a time.
Known as “The Queen of the Sweetness” (well, a few people have said it anyway!) Raine loves writing sweet, character-driven stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and…friskiness? In addition to her solo works, she’s one half of a collaborative team with author Debbie McGowan.
When she’s not writing, Raine is either playing video games or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. She believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers.
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