Author: Amy Aislin
Publisher: MLR Press
Former best friends turned lovers Christian and Riley haven’t seen or spoken to each other in six years…is there a better time than the holiday season to reconnect with your favorite person?
The last person Christian wants to run into on a visit home to spend time with his mom over the holidays is his former best friend-turned-lover-turned-ex. But there Riley is, in all his tall, chiseled, blondness. The same guy who walked out on him six years ago, breaking his heart in the process. Who knew he’s still in love with the jerk? (Oh yeah, he did. What? Who says denial isn’t healthy?)
Two years ago, Riley was injured out of the NHL, but he’s got his own bakery now and a quiet life selling quiches and cupcakes to his customers. Then Christian unexpectedly walks back into his life, forcing Riley to question his choices. Especially that one choice he made six years ago that walked him out of Christian’s life. Now if only he had the courage to tell a boy how he really feels about him…
This was a delightfully sweet story of two young men who grew up together as best friends, became high school sweethearts, and then separated when they couldn’t keep up a long distance relationship during their college years.
Christian is a marketing/graphic designer in Vancouver while Riley is now retired from professional hockey and living back at home in their small town across the country. He’s started a bakery with the wife of a former team member and is enjoying his life. But he misses Christian so much that when Christian is home for the holidays and shows up in his bakery, he takes the opportunity to ask him to go out together.
One thing leads to another and the two are back on sturdy footing—at least while Christian is home, but Riley can’t seem to get his tongue untied long enough to express how he really feels. He needs to ask Christian for forgiveness for leaving him when he put his hockey career first six years ago and then to beg him to give them another chance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story right from the beginning. The characters were likeable—both MCs and secondary characters—the situations were realistic and the sex was hot and plentiful. There were moments of angst but they were brief. It was the perfect story to enjoy on a day when life is too complicated and we just need a little something to tide us over.
MM contemporary lovers, especially of stories of friends to lovers reunited, hockey players, holiday reunions, and sweet romances will enjoy this one.