Title: Don't Stop Believing
Author: Gwen Hayes
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Silver Pines #1
Main Characters: Simon and Adam
Release Date: November 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.
The Book Nerd from the City
Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.
A Christmas to Remember
Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to run his fingers over the scrape of stubble on his cheeks. To pull him into a kiss. To reignite feelings he’d denied himself for too long. Life is right there, blazing in the eyes of the town librarian. A man who isn’t afraid of him. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.
But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.
This story isn't really long, but I didn't find it lacking at all. In fact, it was a sweet, romantic holiday story that left me with a smile on my face. (I always like that when it happens.)
The book features a curmudgeonly lumberjack and a nerdy librarian...and that was such an amazing combination.
Simon has spent years trying to stay away from people. He's good living in his little cabin with little or no outside communication. Despite his best efforts, though, he's made an impression on this small town. They understand he doesn't want to be messed with, but he's got their love and loyalty regardless just because of all his random acts of kindness that he thinks no one has noticed. They have and they love him, which made him such a great hero for this book. He's truly a good guy. He's just had a rough history which has left its scars.
Adam has noticed how much the town loves Simon, too, and he's just as smitten. Unfortunately, the grumpy lumberjack has never shown any inkling of that same interest. But Simon is just really good at hiding his emotions. He's lonely, but determined that he's meant to live his life alone, as a recluse. Seriously, how could you not root for a guy like this to find someone to spend his life happy with. Luckily, the author saw that need, too.
The book is sweet and romantic, with a conveniently placed snowstorm that leaves Adam stuck at Simon's cabin. It worked and the story made me smile. It's a GREAT holiday read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.