Author: DJ Jamison
Genre: Mm Holiday
Summary: Fresh off a break-up, Remy is in no mood to share a room with his brother’s best friend during a holiday stay at home. Jason Hendricks has always treated him like a little brother to tease and taunt, all the more embarrassing because Remy has secretly crushed on the jerk since puberty. But when Jason confides he’s bisexual, Remy realizes the crush he loves to hate could be the perfect rebound.
Jason has always found Remy appealing. He didn’t handle his attraction well when he was younger, but now Remy’s a grown man and Jason’s no longer afraid of his feelings. Some playful flirtation sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving break, but he’s not prepared for Remy’s newfound sex appeal or his decision to make Jason his rebound fling. Jason doesn’t want to risk fallout with a family that’s always been there for him, but he’s not sure he can resist.
When the two part ways, they don’t plan to stay in touch, but soon they’re texting, trading sexy pictures and helping each other cope with family drama. Remy agrees to be his for the holiday, continuing their secret fling over Christmas, but Jason knows that won’t be enough. He’ll have to find the courage to be open and honest with his best friend — and the whole Wells family — if he wants a chance at love in the new year.
Review: Jason has a pretty rough family life and for as long as he can remember he has spent the best part of holidays, and indeed his life, with the Wells family. Derek Wells has been his best friend forever and Derek’s little brother, Remy, has been the man he’s loved to hate. Well, maybe not hate. Let’s say the boy, now man, he’s loved to harass, torture, annoy, bother. You get the idea. While Jason’s parents live close, he is staying with the Wells family for Thanksgiving. He ends up bunking in Remy’s room (and I admit I was a little confused when he thinks, “The small patch of floor next to the bed would be Jason’s for the forseeable future.” But then just two pages weight loss later he is shocked to find out he is going to share the room with Remy. Weird of me, I know). But share a room they must and it’s really difficult for Jason because he has finally, after years, come to terms with the fact that he is bisexual, even if he isn’t out to anyone and he’s also coming to realize how much he wants Remy, who is definitely hands off.
Remy is newly out of a relationship where he was called “boring and predictable” and his boyfriend cheated on him so he’s a little bit fragile. At times, he isn’t up for the harassment of Jason. Jason wants Remy, wants him for more than just sex but wants him totally. The biggest problem is he is so terrified of losing the only real family he has, the Wells. His own parents are lost in grief over a daughter who died years ago, his father drowning himself in work and his mother drowning herself in alcohol. Jason just can’t take a chance on being unwelcome with his chosen family.
After a bit of miscommunication and rejection, Jason and Remy are at odds again. But the two are definitely attracted and so they go into a “holiday fling only” situation, which we all know tends to backfire. Jason is a firefighter and he’s always felt a little less intellectual than the Wells’ family but I liked how the family didn’t agree with that assessment.
So continues the story of Jason and Remy and their holiday fling. They have a lot to overcome – the possible loss of Jason’s surrogate family, Derek acting like a massive jerk (and I loved that his troubles with Courtney weren’t solved with a magic wand because that’s not real life), Remy’s work issues, Jason’s family problems, as well as his closeted status. “And just like that he understood why Remy was afraid to commit to someone who wasn’t living openly.” I loved that Remy never pressures Jason and that Jason has to come to terms with things in his own way.
It’s a holiday story, a enemies to lovers story and a coming out story that was light and enjoyable.