Book Reviews

The Christmas Fling (Christmas Town 1) by Heidi Cullinan

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-January-2018

Book Blurb

Sometimes it takes a village to fall in love.

Eccentric, reclusive, socially awkward project designer Evan Myles doesn’t date. Paying for sex with professionals is so much more efficient and suits his needs well enough. But when he’s on assignment in rural Logan, Minnesota, for the Christmas Town project and a handsome stranger at the bar catches his attention, Evan decides it’s time to break his rule. It doesn’t matter that he’s never so much as flirted before. It can’t be that hard, can it?

Davidson Incorporated lead architect Terry Reid hasn’t been hit on so clumsily in his life. Terry’s the first to admit he’s a neurotic Prince Charming, and he’s kissed his share of male and female frogs, but he’s never met anyone quite like Evan Myles. Evan calls Terry by the wrong name, mistakes Terry for a simple construction worker, and picks apart his work as an architect. Despite this rough start, Terry is lured by the brilliance of Evan’s ideas, his quirky personality, and once they’re alone in Evan’s cabin, the man’s mad skills in bed. Yet Terry knows it takes more than a single night of passion to make a relationship work, and after so many failures, he’s just not ready to try again.

Evan and Terry’s path is strewn with stones neither of them can dislodge. Fortunately, they’re not alone on the road to romance. They’re in Christmas Town, home to matchmakers, meddlers, and more “fairy godfathers” than they could possibly know what to do with.

Most importantly, in Logan, Minnesota, happy ever after is guaranteed.

Book Review

I was very happy to see the author write a bit of a spin-off to her ‘Minnesota Christmas’ series as that is a definite favorite of mine. I was instantly drawn in by the description, especially of Evan, because I have a serious soft spot for geeky, brilliant, and horribly awkward men. I figured if anyone could help Evan and Terry get to their happy ever after it would be the multitude of fairy godfathers running around Logan, Minnesota.

I am 100 percent positive that I have never, and I mean never, met a character more blunt and completely, socially unskilled than Evan. I loved him. He’s right about two things. The two things he’s best at in the whole world is design and sex. When he and Terry meet at a bar in Logan, it’s a simple miscommunication that leads Evan to believe Terry is a construction worker. Terry follows Evan back to his cabin that night because he’s curious to see these mock-ups Evan mentions that take Terry’s own architectural designs and tweaks them, for the better in Evan’s opinion. Terry has every intention of telling Evan who he really is except somehow, Evan keys into one of Terry’s biggest kinks that he has never really allowed himself to explore or accept, and well, there you have it. When Evan wakes up the next morning and this incredible man is gone, he spends three weeks trying to find him.

Terry has been miserable and in a panic over seeing Evan again. So when Evan walks into Terry’s office, introduces himself, and doesn’t recognize Terry, it completely throws Terry for a loop. It takes Dale, the owner of the company, Charlotte, Evan’s personal assistant, and Levi, co-architect, best friend, and “manager” of Terry, to get these two where they need to be. Terry is a lot like Evan, it simply manifests itself in a different way. Where Evan is blunt and tends to push people away, Terry tries to please everyone, oftentimes leaving him wide open to be manipulated. Hence Levi and his “managing” - very subtly, but it’s done to protect Terry. Terry also struggles, a lot, with the kinkier side of his nature. It scares him and he usually runs away from any relationship where he has to face that part of his nature. It takes Levi’s twin, George, a counselor, to help Terry understand what is at the bottom of all of his baggage.

‘The Christmas Fling’ was far better than I had anticipated. Granted, I am often very attracted to main characters with deep issues, but I was enchanted with how the author wove this story. I’m beyond thrilled that this is the beginning of a series because I truly love this small town and all of its inhabitants. Terry and Evan deserved their happy ever after and they worked hard for it - I was happy to share in their journey.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 207 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-December-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
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