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The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped. But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend’s ex declares undying love, proposes—and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole’s mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor’s, for a pint and some company.
The moment Owen McGregor sets eyes on Cole, he knows there’s something wrong. So he takes it upon himself to ensure that Cole has a happy holiday: twelve outings for the twelve days before Christmas. Even if he can’t quite think up twelve activities that don’t involve getting the forlorn hunk into his bed.
With each outing they take together, Cole realizes that the love he thought he’d shared with his ex was less than perfect. And that Owen might prove to be more than just his rebound remedy.
If I was the type of reader to DNF books, this one would’ve been in the can early on. But since I’m not, I suffered through the entire thing and was annoyed by the end. I will try to restrain myself from being too ranty in this review. I want to at least like all holiday books I read. And I want to never dislike anything for charity.
This story was…rough. To get through.
Cole is dumped. And then goes through a crisis about how he’s always the rebound guy. Only to walk into a bar and fall for the bartender, Owen. Despite him being the rebound guy. Or not. Who knows.
Here’s where this story failed:
First of all, you would think Cole & Owen were both 15 years old. Their dicks got hard every single page (ok, exaggeration, but close). Cole popped a woody the DAY he got dumped and walked into the bar…solely by a LOOK from the bartender. Ummm… But that’s not it! Cole and Owen were sportin’ chub by smells, sounds, looks…and a speck of dust blowing in the wind (ok, exaggeration, but close). I started highlighting everytime they got a boner…but my kindle rain out of juice (ok, exaggeration, but close).
Secondly, all the ruminating inside their heads. (you can’t see me, but I’m rolling my eyes). So much thinking and contemplating and “I never do this…”, “I’ve never tried that…”, “I don’t usually feel this…”, “I don’t usually want that…” You’d think each of them was a white-as-snow virgin and this was their first ride at the rodeo. I just wanted out of their heads…I was begging, “Please, let me out!”
And really, the most forgiveable irriation, though still a bit ridiculous…Cole and Owen FALL IN LOVE in two weeks time…counter starting at exactly the same day he gets dumped. Ugh. I mean, I guess there have been books that have moved as fast or faster that I’ve read and overlooked. BUT…in combination with the rest, I just…couldn’t.
This story did NOT work for me…at all. (ok, not an exaggeration, not even close)