Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Christmas Fling by Heidi Cullinan

Title: The Christmas Fling
Author: Heidi Cullinan
My Rating: A

Genre: Holiday Romance (m/m)
Series: Christmas Town #1
Main Characters: Evan and Davidson
Release Date: December 2017
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Sometimes it takes a village to fall in love. 

Eccentric, reclusive, socially awkward project designer Evan Myles doesn’t date. Paying for sex with professionals is so much more efficient and suits his needs well enough. But when he’s on assignment in rural Logan, Minnesota, for the Christmas Town project and a handsome stranger at the bar catches his attention, Evan decides it’s time to break his rule. It doesn’t matter that he’s never so much as flirted before. It can’t be that hard, can it? 

Davidson Incorporated lead architect Terry Reid hasn’t been hit on so clumsily in his life. Terry’s the first to admit he’s a neurotic Prince Charming, and he’s kissed his share of male and female frogs, but he’s never met anyone quite like Evan Myles. Evan calls Terry by the wrong name, mistakes Terry for a simple construction worker, and picks apart his work as an architect. Despite this rough start, Terry is lured by the brilliance of Evan’s ideas, his quirky personality, and once they’re alone in Evan’s cabin, the man’s mad skills in bed. Yet Terry knows it takes more than a single night of passion to make a relationship work, and after so many failures, he’s just not ready to try again. 

Evan and Terry’s path is strewn with stones neither of them can dislodge. Fortunately, they’re not alone on the road to romance. They’re in Christmas Town, home to matchmakers, meddlers, and more “fairy godfathers” than they could possibly know what to do with. 

Most importantly, in Logan, Minnesota, happy ever after is guaranteed. 

My Review:

My favorite time of the year is when Heidi Cullinan releases her Christmas story and this one did not disappoint. I loved this one so much, but be warned, it may take a bit to warm up to these two main characters because they're hard to get to know and understand...but that's part of why I loved them so much. Their relationship is so awkward, but that seems to make it more pure and real-feeling. 

Evan is Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, but instead of a scientist, he's a brilliant artist...and he's gay. He's incredibly socially awkward, to the point of where he's never been in a relationship. He hires escorts to fulfill his sexual needs, but for one night he decides to be brave and hits the local bar, where he meets Kevin. 

Kevin is actually Terry. He's wearing a shirt with a name embroidered on it and doesn't correct Evan's assumption about his name. Evan doesn't need his real name for a one night stand. But then they connect on such a deep level...too deep for Terry. He's running scared for the emotions that Evan pulls out of him. So when they meet again, he's both relieved and upset that Evan doesn't even recognize him. 

When the book begins, it's apparent just how awkward Evan is. He doesn't even try to hide it. So, it was a surprise to find out that Terry has his own slate of issues. But that similarity makes them so perfect together...if they can just work past the awkwardness and embarrassment. 

I've loved this series. And yes, I know that this is the first in a series, but this book is an off-shoot from Heidi Cullinan's other series, Minnesota Christmas, which I've also loved. It was great to see all those same familiar faces from that series. 

I did just thoroughly love this book. The characters are different from what you normally find for heroes, but they worked for me and I fell in love with them. I definitely recommend this story...and the whole series that takes place before this one. Although you can note that ANY of these books works as a standalone read. 

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