Book Reviews

Love and Snowball Fights by J.R. Loveless at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-December-2016

Book Blurb

Lane Freeman supposed there were worse places to be dumped than a place named Christmas Valley. After being ejected from the foster care system, he spent the past five years hitchhiking and moving around. But six months of a steady job at Tal’s Bar and Grill, an apartment, and even a three-legged cat have him almost ready to risk putting down a few roots when Tal’s brother comes home for the holidays.

Dallas firefighter Trey Jenkins reluctantly accepts that Lane isn’t like the other drifters who’ve come through his brother’s place. A fragile attraction begins to bloom between them in spite of the many reasons they each have to fight it. Trey wants to give Lane a family, but experience has taught Lane to depend on no one but himself. Will winter love burn hot in the town called Christmas Valley or will Lane return to his wandering ways?


Book Review

Christmas Valley, Washington, may not be a real place (it’s actually apparently in Oregon), but it’s a great name and setting for this charming story about Lane, a twenty-three-year-old waiter who lost his parents at fifteen, survived the foster care system, and has managed to find a job and some stability working for a man named Tal, owner of Tal’s Bar and Grill.

Lane’s past (five years as a drifter) still haunts him. He does not trust easily even now, and while he is attracted to Tal’s brother, Trey, he is also hesitant to listen to his feelings. What makes things worse is that he is shy and socially awkward, so making friends or finding a partner is not something Lane expects. And he and Trey don’t exactly have an easy start – in fact, Trey almost chases Lane away with his gruff protectiveness for Tal.

Trey is a tough guy, and worries that his brother has too big a heart to protect himself from drifters who will take advantage of him. At first Trey believes Lane is like the others, planning to steal from Tal, but as they get to know each other, Trey’s opinion changes. Of course, getting snowed in at a critical point helps as well…

Following Lane and Trey as they gradually figure out how to relate to each other is quite the adventure! I felt for Lane, who has no idea how to react now that someone other than Tal is treating him nicely – someone interested in more than friendship. Trey’s gruffness can be hot, but it takes a while for Lane to believe it is nothing to be afraid of. All in all, these two men make an adorable couple, and I loved following their exploits.

If you like strong, gruff men taking care of shy, withdrawn guys who can’t believe their luck in finding someone who wants them, if you enjoy watching a young man grow into his own and gain self-confidence almost by the page thanks to the support of a lover, and if you’re looking for a heartwarming, sweet read with lots of delightful happiness and a wonderful holiday season, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 116 pages/40395 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-December-2016
Price $4.99 ebook
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