- File Size: 1295 KB
- Print Length: 81 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018RVC1NW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Beary Best Holiday Party Ever (2015 Advent Calendar - Sleigh Ride) Kindle Edition
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And, as always, I love the fact that Mr Thomas' characters are never uber-perfect looking men. They aren't models from the pages of a men's fitness magazine or an issue of GQ. Instead, Thomas' characters are much more realistic. They have flaws and imperfections just like all of us. And that makes these characters so much easier to love and care about. And who doesn't love a cuddly bear?! Or, even better? A sweet little otter!
Should you buy this book? YES! It's a fun little read, and it fills the time while we wait for Mr. Thomas to finally publish the final book in his Seasons of Love series. We are ALL anxiously awaiting THAT book!! (And, a note to ANYONE out there who hasn't read the first three books in the Season of Love series yet- GO OUT AND PURCHASE THEM ALL TODAY. You'll be glad you did! Each of them is a gem and a complete joy to read.)
Oh, and a note to BG Thomas- Keep writing! You make the genre of gay romance SO MUCH FUN!
This story features Ron, a man who has been insecure about his weight and had been ridiculed by his own parents and past lovers. He finally finds solace and acceptance in the Heartland Bear Clan, a group that welcomes and celebrates bears like himself and Ron feels comfortable in his own kind of brotherhood.
When the president of the club retires, Ron is elected the new president and couldn’t be happier. That is, until he finds out the newly elected vice-president is a younger cub named Paddy whom Ron had an unpleasant encounter with not too long ago. Ron decides to put up with it and work together with Paddy to invigorate the club. But, Paddy’s advances confuse and irritate Ron and simply remind him of Paddy’s hurtful words from before.
The story is short and sweet and, like all of B.G. Thomas’s works, features realistic and relatable main characters. I connected with Ron immediately because I had struggled with weight problems myself and also had to learn to accept my body as it is. Ron goes through the struggle of trying to conform to society’s definition of “beauty”, but learns there is a whole community who love and accept him just as he is.
The story is fast-paced, fun and has a lot of humor, romance and tender moments. I especially appreciate the messages about self-acceptance and not focusing on what other people or society says what beauty should be. I highly recommend this feel-good holiday story!
In this beautifully crafted tale, we see that it's not just that derogatory remarks can make one person feel bad, but that they then take up that mantle, and use those prejudices against others, as well. Ron finds himself categorizing people in ways that he would resent if it were happening to him. He draws conclusions based on his experiences, but not really on fact.
Before this book, I don't think I've ever read a story that adequately addresses the issue of male body imaging. So often, we're drawn to heroes that are excessively tall, that are uber-fit, and are described as having six- and eight-pack abs. They have strong jaws and chiseled physiques. It really isn't any better than all the women in romance stories being described as stick-thin eighteen year old virgins. But, B.G. Thomas gave us wonderfully realistic characters who are well-developed and who share a depth of emotion that is realistic and true, and doesn't just gloss over the real emotional hurt and damage this type of body-shaming can do in both men and women.
The relationship between Ron and Paddy develops over several months, and the author makes us suffer until nearly the end before we know exactly what it is that keeps Ron from liking and trusting Paddy. When we learn, it is heart-rending. It's sad and tearful and makes you want to punch Paddy in the nose. But, it has a happy resolution. The ending is satisfying, and perfect. B.G. gives us a conclusion we can live with and ties up all the lose ends nicely, but without that tada! feel that sometimes happens in novels.
This is a lovely holiday tale that gives you all the feels you want in a Christmas-themed story. There is enough angst to make it interesting, but not so much that you're going to be curled in a ball sobbing at the end. And, like all of this author's work, it is a well-crafted story with a satisfactory ending.
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