The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped. But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend's ex declares undying love, proposes - and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole's mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor's, for a pint and some company.
The moment Owen McGregor sets eyes on Cole, he knows there's something wrong. So he takes it upon himself to ensure that Cole has a happy holiday: 12 outings for the 12 days before Christmas. Even if he can't quite think up 12 activities that don't involve getting the forlorn hunk into his bed.
With each outing they take together, Cole realizes that the love he thought he'd shared with his ex was less than perfect. And that Owen might prove to be more than just his rebound remedy.
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sweet story with a solid narrative performance
Sometimes bouncing back is just what you need.
Oh yes, multiple times, such a great story and add to that great narration and it's a book I'll be ready to listen to again, soon.
The beer tasting and what took place just after.
He brought the characters to life with the perfect voices.
Can't I take them both????
I really love it when a book I've read and enjoyed comes out in audio and is even better. It helps when it's a well written story and a well versed narrator. Russo took these characters as written and made them three dimensional, gave them a life above and beyond the Cole and Owen that I fell in love with on paper. Perfect tones and inflections, subtle nuances that he could create with voice that were lost in the written version of the story.
Tams e-book review December 2015
When Cole is left standing at the airport, holding the bag, watching his boyfriend be whisked off into the sunset by another man... well he's about done with Christmas. Stumbling into a local bar, getting punched and catching the eye of the sex on wheels bartender was just a happy circumstance.
When Owen, said bartender, offers Cole an option to either of them spending their Holiday's alone, Cole refuses at first. There is something so open, honest and alluring about the bartender with his scruffy beard and bedroom eyes that has caught Cole's attention though, and he is intrigued. But when Christmas comes, the distraction goes, and Cole will lose another man, or will he?
If you are looking for a Holiday story without all the eggnog, parties and fluffy happy ever after, then this just might be the book for you. Cole and Owen are anything but traditional. While they are both family men, they are both perfectly flawed, and therefore utterly irresistible. It was refreshing to read a story where both male leads struggled with their circumstance. There was just a little bit of angst and indecision, but it fit perfectly with the storyline and the characters. The fun dates they went on, the slow progression to the bedroom sports, everything was paced perfectly and I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)