Author: Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
When State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.
As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.
When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?
How can a book possibly be “feel good” and “dirty” at the same time? I’m not sure how to answer that question except to say this one is the perfect example. The feel good parts include:
• The way his best friend’s family more or less adopted Travis as one of their own
• The way this story centers around the holidays and brings out that holiday spirit
• The way that when Travis gets hurt on the job, the comfort he receives leads to his lifelong wish being fulfilled
The dirty part, however, pretty much boils down to one thing – it’s all about the dirty talk, and OMG, Noah has mastered the art of dirty talking. In fact, until this book, it’s not something I would have named as particularly appealing, but now I know that I just hadn’t found “the one” – the golden example of how to turn dirty talk into what I’ll call a full body experience (hot and bothered all over)!
The only real drama involved in this story (beyond the boys finally figuring things out) is in how the family comes to accept their togetherness. The person I expected to potentially struggle with it the most did not, but then on the other hand, it seemed very out of character for the person who did struggle the most to make this an issue.
All in, I loved this little gem by a new to me author. It was like getting the best sugar with a whole lot of hidden spice for a surprisingly great flavor combo!!