I Don't: A Christmas Wish

Kari Gregg
I Don't: A Christmas Wish
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Kari Gregg
Release Date
December 2012

At least he isn't pregnant.

Seth Murphy campaigned for Maryland's Question Six, wildly celebrating the Election Day victory for marriage equality. Divorce attorney and live-in boyfriend Owen, however, believes just as passionately that the gay community should focus on a plurality of equal rights protections instead of allocating so many resources and man-hours to one hot button issue.

Owen won't marry Seth.

Relationship deteriorating, the couple visits the Murphy farm outside Brunswick for Christmas. Seth's family never considered that Seth and Owen wouldn't be first in line for a marriage license as soon as same-sex marriage passed. When they find out there won't be a wedding, their season of miracles is invaded by pornographic gingerbread cookies, frowning church ladies, and a determined father with a tactical assault shotgun.

Neither Seth, Owen, nor their love may survive the family holiday circus to say, "I don't."

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Dec 31, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
233 people found the following review helpful
What happens when the man you love tells you no instead of yes and stands behind his decision despite the law finally being on your side and giving you the possibility to tie the knot? Dumping him might be the first thought to come to mind, but in the case of this story, the man in question made his own bed when he decided it was the perfect time to visit relatives.

This is a story about Owen and Seth who have very different views on marriage but neither of those are as hard core as the attitude Seth's parents have and it all comes to clash in this holiday story.

Funny, emotional, deep and simply romantic, this story covers it all. But aside from that, it touches the hard questions and even more difficult answers as simple paths are not always so black and white. It shows the annoying side of family but it also celebrates their support and understanding.

This short tale encompasses it all and probably gives the realistic side of family holidays, because I know it's never all joy and great food at my house. There has to be at least one fight, a lot of yelling and in this particular case – a shotgun.
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