- File Size: 410 KB
- Print Length: 143 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MLR Press (April 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072DVM2VM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This whole story was a big... WILL YOU JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER! lol, it was frustrating.
But also cute, because as best friends turned boyfriends', I love the friendship and banter between the two, where they're friends first and everything else second. The way they talk to each other and pick on each other is adorable.... especially about Christians fear of ghosts. Totally relatable, by the way.
Life happens when you're young and trying to figure things out and it just didn't work out for them the first time around, luckily, Christian is back in town and with some scheming from his Mom, who is hilarious, by the way.... he runs into Riley.... the love of his life and best friend.
These guys tripped me up because little things kept popping up to remind them of how much they'd loved each other and never stopped. The necklaces, the nicknames, the tattoo, the scrapbook and ticket stubs. I just wanted to cry for them and all their wasted time apart when they so obviously belonged together.
It wasn't angsty, though I about threw my kindle towards the end when I thought one things that turned about to be another..... but it got worked out quickly. It was cute, and sweet and entertaining and this is the first read for me by this author and although it seemed a little too young adulty for me, for late 20s year olds, it was still well worth the read.
And a very happy ever after. I wouldn't mind reading more about these two as they finally start their lives together as adults!
4 stars from me.
*I received this story with the promise of an honest and unbiased review*
I thought that the story was okay. I had pretty high hopes initially because the premise intrigued me: I love bakers, men dealing with the aftermath of difficult injuries, and past relationships that didn't work out. But the chemistry between these two didn't make sense to me. There wasn't a flow to the way their relationship progresses from being childhood friends, to boyfriends, to growing apart because of college and distance, to having a one night stand, to not talking for 4 YEARS, to picking up as though most of that never happened at the start of this book. I did not care for that at all.
Riley's character development was what I was most appreciative of in this book. He really reflected on his past and tried to better himself and the way he treated the people he loves. Whereas, Christian felt like a pushover in the beginning and didn't change as much by the end. I did not enjoy his character.
I think that people would enjoy this book during the winter holidays [it is set around the week before Christmas] and it is a quick read. But if you are looking for substance and deeper character development then this may not be the book for that.
- Told in alternating, third person POV
- There is a cute dog featured in a portion of the book
- There is a minimal amount of sports/hockey discussion
Christian is a marketing/graphic designer in Vancouver while Riley is now retired from professional hockey and living back at home in their small town across the country. He’s started a bakery with the wife of a former team member and is enjoying his life. But he misses Christian so much that when Christian is home for the holidays and shows up in his bakery, he takes the opportunity to ask him to go out together.
One thing leads to another and the two are back on sturdy footing—at least while Christian is home, but Riley can’t seem to get his tongue untied long enough to express how he really feels. He needs to ask Christian for forgiveness for leaving him when he put his hockey career first six years ago and then to beg him to give them another chance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story right from the beginning. The characters were likeable—both MCs and secondary characters—the situations were realistic and the sex was hot and plentiful. There were moments of angst but they were brief. It was the perfect story to enjoy on a day when life is too complicated and we just need a little something to tide us over.
MM contemporary lovers, especially of stories of friends to lovers reunited, hockey players, holiday reunions, and sweet romances will enjoy this one.
Christian and Riley were friends turned lovers and then turned exs. They broke up because they could not deal with a long distance relationship but, when Christian comes home for the holidays and his mother sends him to Riley’s bakery, something is rekindled.
This book engaged me from the start. I quite liked the writing style and the story was lovely. I was quite happy to keep turning the pages, so to speak.
I really liked Christian’s mother and her relationship with both her son and with Riley. I don’t think that there is much which would get past her.
There are several references made to the fear of ghosts and I would loved to have known more. It didn’t need to be a major part of the story but I felt that it could have been expanded.
In all, I enjoyed this book and would have no problem in recommending it to others.