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This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it’ll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan’s invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.
Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires, and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?
Here’s the thing. I rarely re-read a book. I like to keep the feelings of the first time experience and move on and yet when we laid out our reading for the HolidayWeek on the blog, I knew I would read this again. Not only because I failed to review it last year when I read it, but there was something about it that told me it would be worth it. You know what? It so was.
I love how the book starts, with the on screen kiss of Ryan and Cary. You feel Ryan’s want as he gets lost in the fake kiss and you know how much he likes Cary. Through the small interviews we get a bit of the stress being Cary Holloway is and what he has to live up to in a family of old Holly wood leading men… manly men that is. So much pressure on that boy. Ugh.
When Ryan and Cary wrap shooting for their human/alien space ship high school drama, Cary laments about never having a real white Christmas and Ryan invites him to spend the holiday with him and his family but Cary can’t go because of the whole girlfriend deal… but then he shows up.
Gah! I was so on edge with Ryan as he was waiting for Cary to make that two hour drive from the airport. Knowing how much Ryan likes Cary but tries to keep that all in check because Cary is straight, just did my poor romantic heart in. Unrequited love is one of my favorite tropes and when you have it between two boys, one of who is seemingly straight, it just melts me into a puddle of goo and this is Christmas goo! Nothing better.
The whole first kiss, the admission of want and the climax of the story, no pun intended, were goo worthy. So gooey and lovely and hot and swoony and just what I needed.
I adore this book, I simply adore it. I love the way the boys come together, fight together and find love. It’s simply wonderful to read it and to have it set around Christmas. Ack! Snowball fights, ice huts, confessions under tree lights, star gazing and just the whole damn thing. I love it. I just love Cary and Ryan!
Where the Lovelight Gleams will definitely be a re-read for me every year and for a girl who doesn’t read a book more than once, that’s saying something.
Ami: 4 stars