Book Reviews

But to Love More by Foster Bridget Cassidy at Mischief Corner Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-December-2017

Book Blurb

Mel finally gets to go home for Christmas. In his absence, his hometown has changed, and Carlos, his best friend’s little brother, is all grown up and interested in a relationship. But Carlos has his work cut out for him since Mel's having trouble seeing past the little brother part and his big brother, Aldo's determined to keep them apart.

Book Review

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” - Henry David Thoreau

Families can be trying any time of the year, but big get-togethers like they happen at Christmas can act like a pressure cooker, intensifying everything and making people lose sight of reality. Mel, who has not been home in six years when he left for college, experiences a whole range of emotions during his first Christmas back at home with his family. Some of them are just reconnecting with his siblings and parents, and some are totally new when his best friend’s little brother, Carlos, shows a romantic interest in Mel.

Mel has not been lucky with relationships, but he works hard as a manager of a five-star resort and has never felt the need to settle down. He has shared his woes with his best friend, Aldo, who married Mel’s sister right after high school and has become part of Mel’s family. As it turns out, Aldo takes that as an excuse to “protect” Carlos from Mel’s perceived clutches…

Carlos may be four years younger than Mel, but he is his own man now. He is a teacher, knows what he wants, and while he has not found the right man to share his life with, he has a definite philosophy abut how things should work with the guy he falls in love with. The quote at the top of this review is how he explains things to Mel, and it’s what finally makes his point for him. Carlos has his heart set on Mel… no matter what his big brother says.

Aldo’s determination to shelter Carlos from Mel made me angry. He was so stubborn about it – and it leads to more than one fight. It also forces Mel and Carlos to think about what they really want, and since they only have a week while Mel is in town, the pressure may just have been what they needed to figure things out.

If you like meddlesome families who think they “know best”, if friends becoming lovers thanks to some Christmas cheer sound like fun, and if you’re looking for a read with lots of Christmas traditions and two young men finding each other, then you might like this short novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 15000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-December-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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