- MLR Press
- Release Date
- December 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ
All Marlowe wants to do is find his place in the world with someone to love. Someone who sees just who he is.
Thrown out of home for not conforming to his family wishes, Angelo heads to the one place he knows he will be welcome with open arms.
With a little help from their family and friends can Angelo and Marlowe figure out just who is stalking Marlowe before Christmas morning? Can Marlowe win the heart of the boy next door? Can Angelo figure out that even straight boys sometimes fall in love with their best friends?
Jan 01, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
Another short Christmas story with wonderful characters and plotting friends was just what I needed. They made me laugh, made me sad and by the last sentence I was rather happy for having read this book.
Marlowe is a man who just wants to be loved by that special someone. So when Angelo, his new neighbor, drops in on his birthday party and sweeps him off his feet he can't help it but fall for a straight guy.
There isn't much to the plot in this story but with it being so short there really isn't any need for it. Marlow and Angelo are close to best friends but every one of their other friends can see they are meant to be much more to each other. Some of it is Marlow's reluctance and insecurity and most of it is Angelo's denial, but as usually happens in these kind of stories, they do find a way to each other.
I enjoyed the funny parts and thought their relationship, even when only on the friendly level, was very special and romantic. The way they were with each other made me want a hug and a kiss on the cheek and when an author manages to pull you in the imaginative world enough so that you actually feel to some extent what the characters feel, I think that's considered a job well done.
Angelo flipping from straight to totally interested happened too fast and there wasn't enough flesh there to make it believable. So that would be my only remark – the ending came way too fast and as such was rushed, leaving me without the detailed realization of their romance.
This is a great Christmas story which placed this author on my reading list.
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