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The holidays are always a time when strong emotion comes to the forefront for many people, and this story is the perfect example. It has a huge dose of angst, obvious emotional pain from the characters, and among all that is the development of new love.
Both Aaron and Dylan have heartache in their not-so-distant pasts, and both have their own forms of grief and pain with which to deal. Even as they each go through a healing process, the also become strong for each other—turning this into a double helping of hurt/comfort. There are some points that can be difficult to read, simply from the point of the pain the characters are going through. But the way they each help one another through makes that pain bearable for the reader, and it also sparks something between the two men that both thought they wouldn’t have again.
The intimate scenes between the two are red-hot, and the relationship that develops actual feels quite natural even from their first night together. They just “click” with each other, and while they both have plenty to work through as they heal, its easy to see them eventually ending up together in the long run thanks to their genuine chemistry.
’Tis the Season was a 4.5-star read for me, and it made for a good, quick read with its novella length. I’d recommend this book to any M/M romance fan. While it’s a “holiday” story, it does cover from Halloween through Christmas so you actually get to visit with these characters through multiple holidays, as well as seeing where they’re at the following year. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
The narration: This was the first time I’ve listened to Michael Fell as a narrator, and I thought he did a really great job in voicing these characters. He gave everyone distinct, individual voices, paced the reading perfectly, and really made me feel the emotions Aaron and Dylan were going through. 5 stars for the narration!
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Wow, this is NOT what I was expecting!
I guess – the strangely familiar thing – sort of set my expectations for the story to go one way and it definitely went a totally different way. Not bad, just different.
I don’t want to necessarily give things away, but I was surprised by that “twist” if you will and it took some adjusting because I wasn’t as forgiving as “Clarence”.
I loved the direct way the two MCs communicated with each other that first night and the way “George” is just so open with his family and WOW did I love George’s family (I’d love to see Kevin’s story in a full book!).
The physical times were very low key and sort of matched the tone of this – the feels are what are important here, though the two definitely have chemistry.
If you’re a person who loves “widower” stories – this hits all those buttons – man does it! – but I think it also really moves the couple along at a believable pace. What would have made this a 5 star read for me would have been a bit more exploration of “George’s” situation and a bit more discussion of how George and Clarence got from point A to HEA. It’s kind of over in a blink of an eye – very happily so! – but I wanted to see some of that on page.
It’s a sweet, very sentimental and touching holiday story and I do recommend it.
4 of 5 stars
Michael Fell does a FANTASTIC job of narrating this. He gives Dylan a great accent and makes all the characters easily distinguishable. He manages the female voices well and does a nice job with the emotional subject.
I think listening to this really drives home all the emotions and highlights the power of this story.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
Alex Jane is a new to me author, and after listening to this short Novella i would most definitely read or listen to her books again. In relation to the audio the narration of the read was wonderful Michael Fell did a great job.
Tis the Season is a sweet short novella about grief, loss and finding love again when you lest expected it.
Aaron tragically lost his husband and is learning to live and go with his life. He has been closed to everyone through his grief he knows they mean well but hates the pitying looks.
Dylan's boyfriend left him, but he also did quite a number on him over their two year relationship with Dylan's self-esteem and confidence taking quite a hit.
They meet on a bridge where Dylan is contemplating ending it all. Aaron saves him and their lives intertwine with them both struggling to cope with their grief and emotional pain.
But the brightest star is found in the darkest of night and thats how i felt about their romance and coming together. They supported and comforted each other and found happiness again.
A beautiful sweet heartwarming and emotional short story, but absolutely perfect.
Such a lovely sweet story, the narration was spot on. One I'll listen to again for sure.