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- Print Length: 159 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (December 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077GF59RM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Christmas Cookies Kindle Edition
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So he tries. He finally opens the recipe box (and how hard did that have to be?) and he pulls out some of the cookie recipes. And he tries to make them with not great results. Russ can cook but he’s never had to learn to bake. “That’s right, you have me and I’ll always bake whatever you want for you.” Russ opened his eyes and stared down at the card in his hands. “Not always, David, not always.” That made me outright cry because we always think we have so much time, that we will always be there for the ones we love and sometimes we make promises that life doesn’t allow us to keep. But Russ loves his kids and he’s going to do what he can to make things better.
Russ has wonderful kids and an ex-wife who is still one of his best friends. The fact that she keeps trying to set him up with people, even treasures like Amika, annoys him but she really does have his best interests at heart.
He is a tradesman who gets called out at odd hours for emergencies and one such call takes him to an apartment where an obnoxious ex-boyfriend stuffed a t-shirt in a vent of a lovely man. Who turns out to be the teacher for the baking class Russ decides to take in an effort to make the holiday better, to try to get some life back in his life.
When Russ tells Amos why he’s taking the class, that his kids miss the cookies, a misunderstanding happens that Russ doesn’t correct. Amos is a good person and he wants to help. That he is attracted to Russ is a bonus, but he’s kind and offers to give Russ help with making those treats. “I want my kids to see that I’m okay, that things with me are okay now.”
So they embark on baking and along the way they get to know each other. Russ deals with the feeling of betrayal that there is another man in David’s kitchen. Amos deals with betrayal when the misunderstanding blows up in Russ’ face. There is some difficulty with Russ’ son, RJ, who acts at one point like a complete and utter ignorant pig. There is baggage from Amos’ past and all of it combines to make things complicated for these two. Add in that Russ isn’t good at getting back into dating with his fear of forgetting David and he’s just awkward about it and it’s really a difficult thing. “I’m not looking for a replacement for him, and I thought you should know that.”
This ends on their beginning, you can’t really call it an HEA because they are just getting started. But I’m pulling for them, family is pulling for them and they are willing to work at it. So Merry Christmas, darlings.
It’s been over a year since the death of his beloved David and Russ still isn’t ready to join the real world, and certainly not dating anyone one else. But the path back is started when his daughter asks for David’s cookie recipe, so she can bake her favorites.
Russ has clung to all things David and isn’t sure he can get past someone else doing the things David did. And he’s scared, if he lets anyone in or to do the things David did, will he start losing the memories of David? Would that be disloyal to the great love of his life? But maybe it’s time. He decides to take a baking class, then maybe he can make the cookies and keep that piece of David close to him.
Amos is the baker teaching the class. And the first person that has sparked any interest in Russ since David. Amos is used to guys like Russ doing a one and done type of thing. A night of passion, then moving on. But he doesn’t want to move on. He’s getting mixed signals from Russ though. And so, follows the story of Russ opening his heart again. Of Amos realizing he’s worth someone’s love for more than one night. For them both, with a little help from friends and family, they get to their forever.
The cast of secondary characters are wonderful in this story. His kids are so real and believable. Although, as good as Russ and Aubrey got along, I started to wonder why they divorced. I found one thing that bothered me about this story. I would have liked more of the back story about Russ and Aubrey. What happened that lead to their divorce and how did Russ meet, fall in love and married David? But that’s me. Otherwise I loved this story.
It is an emotional story. What with Russ trying to get his life back together after he lost his husband, David. His silent conversations and dreams with David are touching.
Russ takes baking lessons at the community center. He has met his teacher, Amos, before, and he is the only one to whom he felt a sliver of attraction since David’s death. At first, they are both a bit awkward, but the baking helps loosen the tension. Despite their age gap, there is a palpable connection, but they both are so afraid to give their hearts. There are a lot of misunderstandings and miscommunications between them. In the end, I found them too much, to be honest. I would have liked a bit less drama.
We learn a lot about Russ and his son and daughter. I loved the way they were acting around each other. The kids are helping their father growing over his grief. And I really liked that Russ’s ex-wife, Aubrey, is a kindhearted woman with whom he has a good relationship.
Although Amos is a good guy, I would have wanted to get to know him a bit more. I know why Russ is hesitant to go into a relationship, but the reasons behind Amos’s reluctance is mentioned fleetingly.
The ending is really lovely, albeit a bit abrupt. I really like to read more about Russ and Amos.