Garen McLaren is a bit of a mess. But so what? His curling teammates adore his manic energy, and so do the kids he teaches. And nobody does Christmas like Garen. (Snow globes in October? Why not?) He’s vowed to make this year’s holiday the best ever, despite his hot but Scrooge-y new flatmate.
Simon Andreou is a bit of a control freak. The pressures of a new job in a new city are making his head spin. The last thing he needs is an agent of chaos like Garen for a flatmate—much less the memory of their single naked night together.
Just as this odd couple are fumbling toward friendship, a debilitating setback steals Simon’s precious control over life and limb. To be there for Simon, Garen must learn to stop running away when things get tough. And Simon must learn that accepting kindness can be a gift in itself—at Christmas and all year through.
I couldn’t wait for this book! I have truly missed them. The Glasgow Lads carved their own special place in my heart and I adore spending time with them. As much as I enjoyed this book there were a few things that held me back from slapping all the stars on it. Okay, I’m just going to rip the bandaid off and get it over with…I don’t love curling. *cringe* I’ve tried to wrap my head around it but I think it’s just not something that I can read about and ‘get‘. It might come together for me if I actually watched a match but in all honesty, I’m not feeling the urge. So yeah, that’s a bit of a sticky wicket. My other, personal, issue is with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Someone very special to me had GBS and passed due to complications from it and I still have a difficult time separating myself from the real horrors it brings. That being said, this is only the second book I’ve read with GBS, and think it’s important to bring light to it. Considering I’m not a curling fan and fought my own painful GBS memories, this book held my attention and made me smile. So, I’d say that’s a victory in itself. Alright, enough babbling…I’ll get to it!
Garen is an absolute delight! I quickly fell for his sparkling personality. He needs a new roommate since his bestie (Luca from the first book) is moving out. But Garen is a bit of a procrastinator despite his good intentions, and needs a flatmate stat! When Simon accidentally ends up at his door it seems lady luck has intervened. Unable to stop the attraction they agree to put a potential relationship first and scrap sharing the apartment. The magnetic pull is too strong and they both accept the spark is worth more than solving their living situation troubles. But then, Simon is back to square one and needs a place to live more than a date. They agree to put their feelings on ice and maintain platonic roommates instead. Yeah, well, what was it I said about good intentions??
Both men started life with challenges which they overcame but left a mark. Simon was young when he had GBS but old enough to remember. Garen was blessed beyond riches when he was adopted but old wounds still fester. They are complete opposites but perfectly suited. I loved how they blossomed from roommates to friends to ‘much more’. I loved how each brought out hidden qualities in one another. I loved the families. I loved the friends, especially having familiar faces return to the pages. I loved the ABUNDANCE of Christmas. I loved traditions, new and old. I loved the determination and perseverance. I loved the sexual tension. I loved how their strengths were revealed by acknowledging weaknesses. I loved gingerbread houses and Christmas music and all the celebrating! Most of all, I loved returning to Glasgow and have a sneaking suspicion if you’re familiar with the lads, you will too.
The ice is nice but I sure do miss the pitch. Slow and steady wins this race. And Garen’s not kidding, you really must love Christmas!
Glasgow fans, Cockburn fans, or anyone else looking for a dose of holiday cheer, the sleigh stops here. Merry Christmas ya belter!