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REVIEW: “Winter Wonderland” by Heidi Cullinan


Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

25537817Title: Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas 3)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain
Pages: 205
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Purchase Links: SamhainAmazon


It felt like I’d been waiting for this book for two years. Then I realized I had been. Ever since the first Minnesota Christmas book came out, I’ve been waiting for Paul Jansen’s story. I knew it would come, I was just very impatient for it. When the second Minnesota Christmas book was released, I started to wonder if Ms. Cullinan was making me wait on purpose. Obviously, I know she wasn’t, but I loved Paul from the moment he hit the page. I wanted his story immediately!

Paul always felt to me as the one friend in the trio who deserved to find his HEA more than anyone. He has some insecurities, he’s got a family that’s just awful, but he’s got this heart that won’t quit. Paul needs a strong relationship with a solid foundation. He needs a partner that will help him find the courage he needs to face that awful family, be who he really is, and find happiness. Enter Kyle…

Kyle is younger, has a fantastic family, an amazing twin sister, a great job, huge heart, caring soul, and an exceptional gift for ice sculpture. When he tries to get Paul to notice him, it’s fun and light hearted. He’s just got to break through the tough shell that Paul has built up over the years. With the help of Paul’s friends, creative sculpture, and sheer tenacity, that shell starts to break and the journey to the HEA I was looking for was worth that two year wait.

I really enjoyed this edition to the series. This group of friends, a large number of the towns people, and their families make this story everything that I look for in a holiday tale. That’s love, sense of community, companionship, that warm fuzzy feeling when you read and you don’t want to put the book down, and joy. Highly recommended.

About Kristie

I like to read, cook, play video games, and generally ignore most people. I hate talking on the phone, but for a small handful of people. I do my best to make my life as simple as possible. I also enjoy hanging out with my husband who makes me laugh every day.

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