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HOLIDAY REVIEW: “New York Christmas” by RJ Scott

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Christmas, and the man of his fantasies is back in Chris’s life.

It’s been far too long since Christian Matthews has seen Daniel Bailey. In fact the last time they met Chris was a senior in college and he was the TA tasked with helping Daniel who was a way too confident freshman.

Some years down the road, Chris is licking his wounds after being asked to leave the private school where he was teaching. He has no job, no money, and has to rely on his friend Amelia for the job and a room to live in. He needs a freaking Christmas miracle to make this Season anything other than a total loss.

Then Daniel comes back into his life and suddenly everything seems possible. Not only is Daniel still the man Christian wants more than anything, but this time Chris may well actually tell Daniel how he feels.

REVIEW:

Well, there was something really charming about this book…

And his name is DANIEL.  Sigh.

Look Christian, I know life has given you a sack o’ lemons.  But you’ve got your old college crush all over you telling you everything you’d ever want to hear from a man.  And he is a MAN…tall, NYPD, man of integrity, rich, kind, steadfast…and he WANTS you.  So, get your head out of your woe-is-me bucket and grab on with both hands and don’t let go!

The story was surprisingly…angsty…for a short holiday read.  Geeky Christian has gone through some trauma over the years since he was a senior in college and English TA to the younger Daniel.  And he’s hit a rut, hiding from life, licking his wounds, working in a bakery in NY.

Daniel, his big college crush, the one he let get away, comes back into his life years later…and he’s got stars in his eyes for Christian.  Daniel is a DREAM BOAT and will not let Christian get away again.

Throw in some danger, a hospital scene (I wish the the disapproving parents part was left out of the book. It was unnecessary, it resolved itself too quickly in a truly unbelievable way, and left me a bit grouchy), and a lot of inner insecurities/uncertainties, and we’re talking borderline Amy Lane angst-fest here.

But, everything ends up the way it should in an RJ Scott Christmas novella, and I was pleasantly sucked into the journey of this couple.  It all happens a bit quickly, but it was entertaining and sweet.

RATING:  3.5 STARS

OTHER OPINIONS:

Ami – 3 stars

BOOK INFO:

NewYorkTitle:  New York Christmas
Author:  RJ Scott
Publisher:  Love Lane Books
Pages:  79
Release Date:  December 1, 2012
Purchase Links:  Love Lane Books, Amazon, ARe

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