Christmastime brings joy to hearts everywhere. Between snow angels, festive clothing, holiday decorations, and of course, all the beautiful lights, it’s hard not to partake in the season.
Unless you no longer have Christmas in your heart.
Dermot Alasdair has never shared the horrific memories that keep him from celebrating the happiest time of the year, nor does he ever plan to. He’s fine being alone and shut off from everyone; he has his restaurant and that’s all he needs. He believes that, too…until the craft store next door from his eatery hires a perpetually smiling annoyance. Really, it isn’t normal for someone to be that happy all the time.
Xander Leahman didn’t know what he was getting into when he accepted an invitation to visit his best friend and help her interview people for the newly created position of manager at Craft Time. When a surly man bumps into him and then walks away with an enticing sway to his hips, Xander decides the position—and Dermot—are perfect for him. Now all he can think of is finding ways to get Dermot out of his clothes. Well that, and how to open this grinch’s heart to the Christmas season and, hopefully, love.
Dermot is a living breathing Grinch, or so everyone thinks. He really doesn’t mind Christmas just all the decorations and holiday cheer. He has had difficult and emotionally scaring things in his past to make him the way he is. He is lonely, he meets the perpetually smiling man named Xander. He knows Xander means trouble anyone who is smiling and cheerful all the time just can’t be normal. But Xander is persistent and Dermot really doesn’t want to be alone.
Xander is the one person everyone knows and loves but can only take in small doses. He has a heart of gold, as soon as he meets Dermot, he just knows that he can make this beautiful man with the sad eyes laugh and smile. Dermot is nothing if not determined to be difficult. But Xander is to. Xander knows that something happened in his past but he feels that together they can work through it.
I could connect with Dermot because he is just dealing the best he can with what life has put in his path. But with Xander in his life making things seem better, feeling emotions again was scary and he wanted to run away. But his way was not working and Xander was so sure they could make it. Dermot learning to trust again was difficult and moving.
Charles Darwin Millsworth, Chaz to one and all since infancy, has no wish to live up to the grandeur of his name. Fortunately, his Southern belle mama isn’t at all inclined to push her son into a career that won’t make him happy. She thinks he needs to loosen up and enjoy life. After all, that’s the whole point of being independently wealthy, isn’t it?
Chaz can see her point, but his father died in his forties as did his father before him. As far as Chaz is concerned, he has limited time on this earth to make his dreams come true. And he refuses to leave anyone weeping over a wasted life.
Sprocket Moretti is a simple guy. He loves his job, enjoys college, lives in his beloved childhood home—why worry about the little things when the big stuff looks so good. Unfortunately, one of the little things he tries not to stress over is a broken friendship with a very hot and bewildering sous chef. They were pals, hung out and had fun. But one night they stepped over that invisible line, and the next morning Chaz kicked Sprocket out of his bed and his life.
Now, no matter how much Sprocket tries to charm Chaz, the guy has no desire to return to their pre-sex playful bantering ways. And if Sprocket stays true to his motto, this little thing—Chaz—should be written off and never worried about again.
If Sprocket had known one night of reality-altering orgasms would endanger their easygoing friendship… How do you finish that sentence when all your mind wants is its friend back and all your body wants is another taste?
Chas is confused, he really believes that if he keeps everyone at an arms distance that know one will be hurt when he dies. What he doesn’t seem to grasp is that he is hurting everyone including himself. He isn’t sick, but because of a family history where death comes to his relatives in there early 40’s he wants to make a name for himself that will carry on after he is gone. One that does not include a broken hearted spouse.
Sprocket is dynamic and generally happy. He doesn’t understand why after the best night of his life Chas ran, and he lost his friend to. He lies to himself saying that he just wants his friend back. When circumstances change in such a way that they are thrown together in a situation that gIves them an excuse to work an talk together. There overwhelming chemistry draws them back to where they started. The difference is Chas has changed his way of thinking. He is going to take what he can get, until Spocket gets tired of him. Everything is going great, so Chas is just waiting for something to go wrong.
Sprocket walks in to Chas dressing and getting ready to walk out again, Spocket is hurt confused and heart broken again. He gives up, it shouldn’t be this hard. He didn’t do anything wrong! Chas is unstable, if there is any issues all he does is run. Can they work this out, with all the trust issues, and insecurities is it possible?
I fell in love with Sprocket, he is like a the little brother you always wanted but never got. He is unable to sit still, loves his friends, and always has a smile and nice word. His problem is he doesn’t do long-term relationships, but he doesn’t even realize it. He moves on stays friends with his bed mates and never even realizes that he is a freak of commitment. Chas is really not much different, personality wise they are opposites, but both fear commitment and fight it until they realize that they are hurting each other and themselves. Life steps in and messes up there well thought out plans. Can they find there way through what life through at them