Midwinter Night's Dream

Whitley Gray
Midwinter Night's Dream
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Loose Id LLC
Release Date
December 2013

Two years ago, Joe Blake lost his secret lover, firefighter Bryce Marshall. Grieving, Joe left his job as a fireman and paramedic to become the spokesmodel for undergarment company Escalade. They lured him into the limelight and drove him deeper into the closet. Modeling doesn't provide fulfillment; Joe wants privacy and to feel useful again. A holiday at his mountain cabin outside Denver is the perfect escape. The last thing he anticipated, or wanted, was sharing his retreat with another man.

Last Christmas, actor Errol Lockhart discovered boyfriend Carson had stolen a play. Carson accused Errol and then blackballed him in the theater community. Some Christmas that was. Now Errol has to take whatever work he can to survive. Delivering a singing telegram during a blizzard isn't wise, but it pays double and rent is overdue. He's got dreams, not of a white Christmas, but of getting a shot at Hollywood. He's determined to make it, if he survives this storm.

As Joe and Errol ride out the blizzard, more than marshmallows get toasty in front of the fire. When Errol discovers Joe's identity, he's sure he's found his way in, his big break. But Joe won't sacrifice Errol to the Hollywood sharks. Unless they can forge a compromise, they're going to wake from their midwinter night's dream to lumps of coal in their stockings.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Jan 09, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
151 people found the following review helpful
Don't we all love those stories where someone finds a gorgeous man in the snow, takes him home, restores him to full health and then they fall in love? We do? Then this one is definitely for you.

Ex-fireman and paramedic turned underwear model Joe Blake is holed up in his remote cabin outside Denver, still grieving a little for a lover, fellow fire fighter Bryce Marshall, who was killed while on duty. Joe wants nothing more than to be left alone, away from the prying eyes of the press and anyone else who has expectations of him.

Errol Lockhart is a struggling actor, trying to deal with a betrayal from an ex-boyfriend and simply make ends meet. He does this by delivering singing telegrams while trying to make it big in the film industry. But one day, during a blizzard, he takes a wrong turn and ends up freezing to death in a snow drift, until Joe happens along to save him.

There is instant attraction between these two men, and soon more than their toes are getting warmed before a roaring fire on the hearth. Joe's heart melts a little from its frosty casing 'before Errol' and Errol is really smitten by the man who rescued him. But neither wants the same for each other and soon they find themselves at loggerheads as Errol makes no bones about what he wants--fame and fortune. Joe doesn't feel the same and tries to convince Errol of the error of his ways.

Beautifully written, evocative and with humour and warmth spilling in between the pages, this tale is told with flair and really give us an insight into the two men's psyche. Joe is tough, down-to-earth, guilty that he was unable to save his lover. He's damaged a little. Errol is outgoing, confident, determined to make it big, but his heart is melting at Joe's pain and the fact that the man presses all the right buttons and makes him feel special. You really get a feel for the freezing cold of the season, the warmth of their hearts as they open up to each other and the storm raging inside both men as they struggle to do the right thing for each of them.

I loved this short story and will definitely be reading more of this author's works.
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