Book Reviews

I Don't: A Christmas Wish by Kari Gregg

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Holiday / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-December-2012

Book Blurb

At least he isn’t pregnant.

Seth Murphy campaigned for Maryland’s Question Six, wildly celebrating the Election Day victory for marriage equality. Divorce attorney and live-in boyfriend Owen, however, believes just as passionately that the gay community should focus on a plurality of equal rights protections instead of allocating so many resources and man-hours to one hot button issue.

Owen won’t marry Seth.

Relationship deteriorating, the couple visits the Murphy farm outside Brunswick for Christmas. Seth’s family never considered that Seth and Owen wouldn’t be first in line for a marriage license as soon as same-sex marriage passed. When they find out there won’t be a wedding, their season of miracles is invaded by pornographic gingerbread cookies, frowning church ladies, and a determined father with a tactical assault shotgun.

Neither Seth, Owen, nor their love may survive the family holiday circus to say, “I don’t.”

Book Review

A story as filled with tension and real conflict as it is with characters fighting to find out what they really need, "I Don’t" is about love and the true meaning of trusting the person you want to share your life with. Never mind how long Seth and Owen may have known each other, or how much they love each other, they have one last obstacle to overcome, and that is Seth's acceptance of himself, resulting in his ability to trust in not just Owen, but in the both of them as a couple.

Seth has not had an easy life. He only mentions the odd event in passing, as he remembers it when discussing it with members of his family during his and Owen's Christmas visit, but it is clear that he hasn't always been as settled as he is now. Beaten up in school for being gay, falling into drinking and drug use once he left home, and only fairly recently calmed down, he isn’t one to trust easily. He thinks he has found a home with Owen, but as he discovers once he takes an honest look, there are enough neuroses left to make a therapist really rich. He thinks getting married to Owen will solve all of that, and is crushed that Owen refuses, but the confrontation with his family tells him there is much more to it.

Owen is a lawyer, much older than Seth, and has undoubtedly had a lot of unfriendly comments (to put it carefully) about Seth being a gold digger, and worse. He knows what he wants though, and stands by Seth even through the pressure Seth's parents exert on him to "make an honest man" of Seth. He is also able to learn; the many discussions he has, and Seth's misery, tell him what he needs to do. And once he does, he is unstoppable.

If you enjoy books that resemble an emotional roller coaster ride, if you like characters with flaws and quirks to match those of the real people you know, and if you're looking for a story about the meaning of love and commitment in a Christmas-time setting, you will probably love this short book as much as I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 24123 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-November-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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