Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Winter Wonderland
Author: Heidi Cullinan 
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Minnesota Christmas #3
Main Characters: Paul and Kyle
Release Date: November 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
Any book that starts with 10-foot snow penises, you know it's going to be a fun one. This book had so much going for it and I really enjoyed reading it. 

While Paul is the character we've really known from the other books, it's really Kyle who steals the show in this book. He's an awesome character and I challenge anyone to read this book and not fall in love with him. Really, Paul never had a chance in resisting him. 

But Paul's character is interesting too...just in that on the surface he's so put together, but he's really a mess. I loved Corrinne and how she kept pushing the holiday movies onto Kyle so he could understand Paul's hang-ups and how Kyle just didn't get it...until the end and then just like Kyle, my heart broke for Paul. Seriously, his family situation is heartbreaking. Paul needs Kyle...age difference aside. He needs someone who's that giving and full of the ability to care with every part of himself. 

Because like I said before...Kyle was incredible. He has such an amazing heart...from his twin sister to Paul's neighbor, Kyle is a caretaker and I loved him so much for it. He didn't mind losing sleep or what he had to do. And then hearing how he came to doing his job...gah...I LOVED this character. And note...I adore the fact that he's a toppy Twink who's 13 years younger than Paul. Those differences worked for me just in that people underestimate who Kyle is so much.

The book had a ton of and acceptance and concern in Kyle's corner; heartbreak and desolation and hope in Paul's corner. But there is an amazing cast of supporting characters who make this story even richer. All of these books have had a seasonal fundraiser. The Winter Wonderland aspect of this one was incredible. I could envision all the aspects of it and want to come visit it, too. 

Heidi Cullinan needs to write a follow-up novella to this one though. I want to see Paul and Kyle redo Kyle's grandparents cottage. That would be such a fantastic little side story and it would allow us to revisit how the town is progressing with the Winter Wonderland year round. 

Every single book in this series has been great. They all work amazingly well as stand-alones, but they've each been incredibly sweet and heartwarming. Perfect reads for the holiday season and I definitely recommend them all.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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