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.
Cole is questioning his whole life, how he keeps ending up being the guy that is left. He is tired of being hurt, Christmas was his favorite time of the year. But now it is just a painful reminder of things gone wrong. He doesn’t want to be in a rebound relationship again. He has always thought that Owen was good-looking but has no idea if he is gay or straight. They decide to hang out together as buddies so they can relax and enjoy a break from the stresses in their lives.
Owen just can’t stand to see people hurting, he has learned in his job as a bar owner and tender how to distract people away from their problems even if only for a little while. When Cole comes in looking like his life is over. Owen decides to suggest that they hang out together. Owen is dealing with family issues that are emotionally difficult to deal with.
As they go to different outings they find out that they are perfect for each other, they only have to get through the emotional baggage they each carry. Cole is paranoid that he is falling in to his old patterns. Owen does not want to drag Cole into his family problems. Will they figure out there problems, work through the issues keeping them apart?
I found this book to be a little bit confusing at first. The back and forth emotional roller-coaster that Cole goes through is not always easy to follow. That being said by the end of the book it is clear and you do get how he worked through everything. Owen is easier to understand, his life stresses are easy to understand and it’s clear how he works through them.