Author: Ruby Moone
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: MM Historical
Summary: A reluctant angel, three not terribly wise men, two gorgeous men on a starlit chase to find a child … It can only be Christmas.
It’s Christmas 1817 and Captain Charles Farrington has accepted that he is destined to live alone. That is, until Christmas Eve, when a startlingly handsome man crashes into his home and his life.
Harry Valentine is a man on the run. A man with secrets. He hasn’t time to fall for the angel who rescued him and, in any case, he knows that once Charlie realises the truth about him, there will be no future for them.
Harry’s warmth makes Charles face up to the demons in his past and shows him that he can have a family. All he has to do is persuade Harry to stay. But Charlie knows that, despite whatever Harry says, he’s the wrong kind of angel for happy endings.
Review: I am a huge fan of holiday books and I love historicals. So bonus excitement on this one, as it is both. Charles is a retired soldier who lives alone. He “…had long ago resigned himself to the fact that his deviant nature meant he was destined to be alone.” But that isn’t what he wants. He longs for someone to be with, wake up with, someone to love. He is lucky in that he has a wonderful couple who cook and take care of the livestock for him, and they leave a ton of food when they leave Christmas Eve. He wants them to spend time with their family until after Boxing Day, because Charles is a gentle, kind person.
A snowstorm makes the place cozy until a nearly frozen young man appears at the door. A young man who, just before passing out, thanks Charles and then kisses him. Charles is at once stunned, panicked and in a tizzy over how to care for the man, Harry. This is how Charles becomes Harry’s angel, even as he repeatedly denies he can be one and warns Harry not to rely on him. Harry starts off with a lie about what is happening because of course Charles will throw him to the wolves if he hears the truth.
The two are snowed in, though Harry is adamant that he needs to leave as soon as possible. As they get physical, they know it can only be that. But that’s easier said than done. Charlie is not lonely for this Christmas and Harry makes him happy. I loved both of these men and my heart hurt for the things they went through. Harry may have something chasing him now, but Charles has memories, the past, that chase him.
While it’s a bit of an insta-love, it is also historical, where being lucky enough to meet someone of your own sex to love was incredibly difficult. I had no trouble with the time frame, particularly when Charles offers to help Harry find a place in Scarsborough, “I thought it was important you have a choice. A genuine choice.” That not only made me love Charles that much more, but also made me feel they had both thought out what they were feeling.
Julian, you want to hug him and love him and immediately crush anyone who would hurt him. Luckily, there is Charles. “He looked up at Charlie, seeing him in a new light…” Let’s just say that quiet, unassuming Charles is one badass motherfucker.
I loved this story, the flow of it, the wondering who is Julian, what is Harry hiding and will Charles end up happy? The historical feel was real and the fact that it was a holiday just made it even better. Highly recommended and going on my reread list.