Trimming the tree is more fun with three.
Twin Cities developer Dale Davidson has come to Logan, Minnesota, to turn it into Christmas Town, not to give in to Arthur Anderson’s offer to join him and his fiancé, Gabriel Higgins, for a Christmas Eve threesome. Dale is polyamorous, but it’s clear Arthur is offering a night of fun and nothing more. Maybe one night with the couple he admires so much won’t hurt…
Together the three of them light a fire hot enough to boil Lake Superior in January, and one night of fun becomes an extended engagement as Dale puts down some tentative roots in his new hometown. Everyone loves Dale, Logan’s own Santa Claus, and somehow no one knows what wild times are happening right underneath their noses. No one knows, either, the complicated ways they’re falling in love with one another.
But a shadow from Dale’s past emerges, an abuser threatening him with violence and shame. Ronny doesn’t want a happy ever after for Dale, only to draw him back into a consuming darkness. It will take the love of not only Gabriel and Arthur but all of Logan to convince their Santa he has nothing to be ashamed of—and that he will always have a home in their hearts.
And another wham, bam, wonderful book in the Minnesota Christmas series. Last year I wasn’t sure if there would be another book in the series, so when I found out there was, I leapt at it. And instantly started reading it.
Oh, Heidi Cullinan, you wonderful weaver of tales and bringing out emotions I never expect to have.
This book brought out some things about myself I ‘knew’ but hadn’t admitted to myself. So it was an eye opener there, but Cullinan has once again managed to create an intriguing tale and make the itty-bitty town (And I have a particular dislike of itty-bitty towns as I spent 10 horrible years in one when I was a teenager) of Logan, Minnesota seem like the place to move and be if one is anywhere in the queer/LGBTQ+ spectrum.
If you’ve read the other books, this one expands on Arthur and Gabriel’s relationship. I loved their story but always wondered if Arthur would be complete with them as a couple. Imagine my surprise when Cullinan turned that on its ear.
She did a wonderful job of bringing polyamory out, of what it really is, as opposed to what people think it is. No, polyamory is not about menage. It’s about love. Plus, she brought in a wonderful queer character, Cassidy, and I loved the way Cullinan used their pronoun right off without explanation until one of the characters accidentally called Cassidy ‘he’.
And the ending brought tears and happiness and while I would have loved to see Ronny squished into the snow, the ending was probably better. More legal anyway 😉
And dare I hope we’ll get another Minnesota Christmas tale next year, Heidi Cullinan?