This was a really nice story!
Check out the Book Trailer and the recipe at the end of the review!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Part of Men Under the Mistletoe Anthology from Carina Press; but also available separately. (26,000 words)
Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans’ ambition to be a dancer made him a target. Though he found success in New York City, Mitch is at a crossroads, and heads home for the first time in twelve years to figure things out. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps out in front of his car, he drives off the road and into the path of the one man he hoped to avoid.
The last person Texas Ranger Web Eisley expects to see four days before Christmas is his first love. He hasn’t seen Mitch since they quarreled over coming out to their friends and family years ago. Though he’s not in the closet now, Web has worked hard for the respect of his fellow officers, but he still regrets the loss of Mitch in his life. And his bed.
The attraction between them is as strong as ever, and it doesn’t take long for the men to pick up where they left off. But is love enough to keep Mitch in town in the New Year?
So what did I think?
It’s fairly short and tells the tale of Mitch, a ballet dancer, who returns from the city to his father’s ranch in Texas. His father passed away six months previously but it is only now that Mitch is returning as he needs somewhere to run after being betrayed by his boyfriend. On his way to the ranch he meets up with Web, who was his first love.
This is a story of misunderstandings that have kept the men apart for years. On the night that Mitch wanted them to come out and spend a life together, they argued. Mitch then came out to his father who immediately threw him out and he hasn’t been home since. All those wasted years!
The re-ignition of the flame between Web and Mitch, Web’s wonderful family, the ex-boyfriend showing up, the truth coming out and final admission of true feelings – I love a happy ending!
The only thing that has me puzzled/worried was the reindeer hallucinations that Mitch seemed to have. Maybe he needs a check up!
I thought I would also include a link here. In the story there is mention of Arroz con leche…“Sweetened condensed milk, rice, and raisins. It was usually served for dessert, but Mitch had always loved it for breakfast and it touched him that Web remembered.” I’d never heard of it but was intrigued so I found a recipe which I am going to try out. I’m not sure if this is the recipe Josh would recommend but it sounds good! Click here for the recipe.
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