by Gwen Hayes (Goodreads Author)
The Ogre from the Hill
Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.
The Book Nerd from the City
Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.
A Christmas to Remember
Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to run his fingers over the scrape of stubble on his cheeks. To pull him into a kiss. To reignite feelings he’d denied himself for too long. Life is right there, blazing in the eyes of the town librarian. A man who isn’t afraid of him. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.
But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author via NetGalley
Genre: MM Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 1 in a new series
My Don't Stop Believing Review . . .
This book was sweet. It wasn't life changing but it was a heartwarming sweet story about a very unlikely duo.
Simon is basically the gay Grinch, who lives up the mountain and is a bit of a recluse. While Adam is the new town librarian. Both are attracted to each other but both are at very different places in life.
Then one blizzard causes the boys to have to shack up together, which lets them act on their attractions to one another.
But is one weekend enough? Adam quickly realizes that he wants more from Simon, but Simon's inner demons are overpowering him. For the first time Simon wants more but he has to let go of the past to have any happiness with Adam.
This book wasn't deep. It wasn't life altering. But it was quick and sweet. It was about second chances and finding love when you least expect it. I wanted a quick sweet read and this fit the bill for what I was craving at the time.
3 Heartwarming sweet thumbs up!