Simple Gifts

L.B. Gregg
Simple Gifts
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Musa Publishing
Release Date
November 2011
Book 2 of Cornwall Novellas
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

A former ward of the state, Jason Ferris is fiercely protective of his carefully guarded private life. When he's felled by a rogue lawn ornament at a Christmas party, Jason finds himself in the care of his first and most devastating love - dark, dangerous, and equally damaged Lt. Robb Sharpe.

Newly returned from years away in the military, Robb's homecoming isn't exactly the stuff of fairytales. Now thrust together after a ten year hiatus, Jason and Robb discover that perhaps some things are worth waiting for.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Dec 27, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
163 people found the following review helpful
Love often hides in the most unexpected of places and has a tendency of catching us by surprise. Maybe it's all about fate and the speck of hope in the air of gloom. That was what I liked the most about this story, the expectancy of suppressed feelings and just how prone to sacrifice love can be. It's not easy to achieve that level of romantic and adorably sweet, hit that perfect note of love to swoon even the most critical of readers.

The beginning of this story was humorous and it was very difficult not to love the main character – Jason – so I didn't even try. He was invited to a Christmas party by his best friend who failed to inform him just how over-the-top Christmas is at her home or of the fact that her brother had come home after ten years of absence.

Jason is pretty witty with a deep undertone of insecurity and inexperience which at times just broke my heart. I wanted to be there for him and hug him, make a comfortable Christmas just for his sake. He pulled at all my emotional strings and kept making me laugh during it.

Since the story is from Jason's point of view I can't say much about Robb who had returned from war and isn't any less wounded than Jason. He had certain strength about him when Jason needed him, but at other times he all but broke down and needed others to be there for him.

I don't need to say just how much I loved the men and how much the tiny quirks appealed to me. I wanted to see Jason's apartment and thoroughly appreciated his love for origami as once upon a time my room also had a paper sky.

There are no instant solutions for these guys no matter how short the story might be, but it was almost enveloped in the warm spirit of the holidays and the safe cocoon of love. The dedication they had toward each other was hopeful and encouraging, a boost of positive energy I think each of us needs at one time or another.

So if you do happen to need a bit of love in your life, hope of something better despite the hardship, I recommend you read this story and find a bit of ‘perfect' in an imperfect world.
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