Russ and Esteban have been neighbors for a while now. But besides Esteban asking forgiveness for his naughty cat visiting Russ's apartment, they have very to little interaction. But actually Esteban is one of the reason Russ decided to rent the place, learning it's gay friendly. He's about a year out of his service as a marine as well as out and he still needs time to get used to it - civilian but also having a boyfriend.
Esteban have always admired Russ from the side, but he worried he's one of those ex-military who isn't that gay friendly.. Yet when he meets Russ throwing away a very unfortunate looking skillet he somehow finds himself connecting with the guy and realizing he's basically a big blond teddy bear - the best kind for sure! And that's how he finds himself offering to help Russ with cooking a dinner for his family.
Russ is more than frustrated he is quite frankly lost. His boyfriend - the foodie who loves to cook who was suppose to take charge of the family dinner - has just broken up with him and so he is left with a lot of food to prepare with no knowledge of the very basics. When his good looking ex-actor neighbor Esteban offers his help he is in no place to refuse..
Spending time together cooking makes them realize they enjoy each other's company but it quickly becomes a far complicated reality when they are "forced" to ask as boyfriends when Russ's family arrives early and somehow assumes Esteban is Russ's boyfriend. Each has his own reasons to keep the lie but mostly they simply enjoy spending time together so when the time to say their goodbye comes neither wants that.
I could say more but I rather not as this isn't a very long novella, and yet I still felt like we got a whole story. It was one of my favorite reads as I could truly FEEL each of the guys - the want and longing for something more but also their fear - of being rejected, getting their heart broken, or simply hoping for something they can't have. There was something so genuinely heart felt about the whole ordeal. These two belonged together and I"m so happy they found each other and Annabeth did her magic again bringing us this beautifully written holiday novella.
I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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14 November 2019