Review: Claire Castle – Snowflakes and Cinnamon Buns

Author: Claire Castle
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Mm Holiday

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Summary: Cameron Pearce loves to work hard and play hard. Living in New York City, means lots of men and lots of variety. He isn’t looking for love.
When he goes to his small hometown Dickensville for Christmas, food, friends, family and seeing his best friend Levi are what’s on the agenda. He also hopes for some friends-with-benefits enjoyment.
Levi Jones owns and runs his own café in Dickensville. He loves the Christmas season and all that comes with it. Decorating, baking, and snow among other things. Another perk is when Cameron visits home and he gets him all to himself.
What will happen when true feelings are revealed and everything is put on the line. Will their friendship survive?
Can best friends go from hooking up to a real relationship? Do they even want to?
This book contains delicious cinnamon buns, a cute westie and sexy hot men to warm up your holidays.

Review: In this holiday story, we have Cameron, a New York City boy who plays around, usually never with the same man until he comes to his hometown to visit. That’s where his best friend, Levi, lives. Levi is a friend with benefits and Cameron takes full advantage. “It was a great life. A fun life. A busy life.” Told in first person POV by Cameron, we get the idea that Cameron is certainly not out for a relationship and definitely not looking for love. Slake the lust and move on.

There is a definite selfish undertone to Cameron starting right from the beginning. He listens to Adam Lambert, which definitely was a plus in my book. But then there is the jealous, witchy Cameron, who treats Levi’s coworker, Ashton, poorly. So I was a little conflicted about him as he whiplashed with conflicting signals. Levi asks a question and gets a “Why are you making a big deal of this?” response that also left me confused.

We get time hops here, because where Cameron messed up big time happened last Christmas and it’s now present Christmas that he is trying to atone for it. He has been best friends with Levi since they were in school and caught each other ogling the star football player’s butt. Levi visits Cameron in the city and Cameron sees Levi when he comes home to visit.

As Levi tries to come clean about how he feels, Cameron turns more and more into a selfish man, thinking only of himself. “I had never opened my heart completely to anyone, and that was the way I wanted it to be.” So, when you realize that he cut Levi off for a full year with no contact, well, that dropped the ball for me. I can understand Cameron was scared of facing how he felt but that was ridiculous. At one point he mentioned, “I knew he needed time, but how much. We’d had almost a year. That would have to be enough.” The problem I had there is only Cameron had a year to consider. Levi had a year of being cut off from his best friend.

So, I think I needed way more groveling on Cameron’s part and something to convince me that he was worth the trouble. Maybe had we gotten Levi’s point of view, to see why he was willing to put up with that, it would have made more sense to me. There is quite a bit of sex here for the length of the story and I would have loved at least one or two of those scenes to include some conversation or apologies.

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2 Comments

  1. I’m relieved that someone had similar thoughts to mine. I understand this is a first book for Ms Castle & tend to feel she has been let down a little by her editor betas & support staff.
    I don’t like Cameron at all. 😝
    A year is a very long time & as the story is told from Cameron’s POV
    It would be good to see it from Levi’s & have him not be quite as wimpy!

  2. I didn’t either! I really wanted to like this and the premise was good but he was such a selfish bad friend. And yes, totally needed Levis POV to see why he put up with it

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