Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 DSP Advent Stocking Stuffer Review: Christmas Grace by C.L. Miles

Title: Christmas Grace

Author: C.L. Miles
Category: Holiday, Contemporary
Pages: 53

Christmas has been a lonely time of year for Aaron since losing his family fifteen years ago. But now he’s seeing Craig, and though Aaron is sure they belong together, both have been hurt in the past, so they’re taking things slowly. So far, Craig has been supportive of Aaron’s struggles with anxiety—struggles that cost Aaron relationships in the past.
On Christmas Eve, Aaron is closing his bookshop when Craig surprises him with a specially planned evening. Will this be the night they take that final step and deepen their physical relationship? Aaron hopes so, but things aren’t that simple. Craig has been keeping a secret…. Can Aaron take his place as part of a family again and accept the love he’s missed for so long—or will he find that some deceptions are too big to be forgiven, even with the help of some Christmas grace?

3.75 Stars

Aaron and Craig have been seeing one another for the past nine months and things are going well and are starting to get serious, but when Aaron discovers the secret Craig has kept from him, will their relationship survive?

This was a sweet read, but I’m sorry to say it just didn’t do it for me. I never connected with Aaron and Craig and I didn’t feel the connection or chemistry between them. They are an established couple, so there should be a certain level of familiarity between them, but I didn’t see it.

Aaron goes to Craig’s house for dinner for the first time in the nine months they’ve been together, which is just odd in and of itself, and as they sit down to eat dinner it wasn’t natural feeling. It felt awkward and like they were just meeting for the first time.

This wasn’t a bad story. The characters were likable and the plot was good, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m sure many will love it. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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