Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Release Day Review: The Christmas Fling (Christmas Town #1) by Heidi Cullinan

RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2017
Format: Novel  • Genre: Contemporary/Holiday  • Length: 74,000
Publisher: Heidi Cullinan
Cover Artist: Kanaxa


Sometimes it takes a village to fall in love.
Eccentric, reclusive, socially awkward project designer Evan Myles doesn’t date. Paying for sex with professionals is so much more efficient and suits his needs well enough. But when he’s on assignment in rural Logan, Minnesota, for the Christmas Town project and a handsome stranger at the bar catches his attention, Evan decides it’s time to break his rule. It doesn’t matter that he’s never so much as flirted before. It can’t be that hard, can it?
Davidson Incorporated lead architect Terry Reid hasn’t been hit on so clumsily in his life. Terry’s the first to admit he’s a neurotic Prince Charming, and he’s kissed his share of frogs of both genders, but he’s never met anyone quite like Evan Myles. Evan calls Terry by the wrong name, mistakes Terry for a simple construction worker, and picks apart his work as an architect. Despite this rough start, Terry is lured by the brilliance of Evan’s ideas, his quirky personality, and once they’re alone in Evan’s cabin, the man’s mad skills in bed. Yet Terry knows it takes more than a single night of passion to make a relationship work, and after so many failures, he’s just not ready to try again.
Evan and Terry’s path is strewn with stones neither of them can dislodge. Fortunately, they’re not alone on the road to romance. They’re in Christmas Town, home to matchmakers, meddlers, and more “fairy godfathers” than they could possibly know what to do with.
Most importantly, in Logan, Minnesota, happy ever after is guaranteed.


5 Stars

The Christmas Fling is book 1 in the Christmas Town series, but several characters from Heidi Cullinan's Minnesota Christmas series are featured here.

When they meet Evan falls for Terry at first sight, and they share a very intense night together, despite Evan not being too good at flirting. However, the fact that Evan doesn't recognize Terry after their night together and Terry's anxiety will get in the way and it will take a whole lot more than luck to bring these two back together.

I loved Evan and Terry. Evan is on the autistic spectrum and is very blunt and Terry tries to please everyone and suffers from anxiety. Together, they're just amazing, complementing each other's work style and doing a fantastic job turning the Christmas Town in Logan into an amazing reality. They're so passionate and it translates perfectly into their working and personal relationship. The chemistry between them was scorching and the sex was kinky and intense. 

It was awesome seeing so many of my favorite characters appear here, including Linda Kay and the rest of the Minnesota Christmas men. They were fun and provided the guys, especially Evan, with a great support system. 

Overall, The Christmas Fling was fun, sweet, steamy and angsty and it was a fabulous start to this new series and I'm looking forward to what Ms. Cullinan has in store for us! 

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


Author of over thirty titles, Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there's no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys playing with new recipes, reading romance and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.

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