Saturday, January 18, 2014

REVIEW: Midwinter Night's Dream by Whitley Gray

Two years ago, Joe Blake lost his secret lover, firefighter Bryce Marshall. Grieving, Joe left his job as a fireman and paramedic to become the spokesmodel for undergarment company Escalade. They lured him into the limelight and drove him deeper into the closet. Modeling doesn't provide fulfillment; Joe wants privacy and to feel useful again. A holiday at his mountain cabin outside Denver is the perfect escape. The last thing he anticipated, or wanted, was sharing his retreat with another man.

Last Christmas, actor Errol Lockhart discovered boyfriend Carson had stolen a play. Carson accused Errol and then blackballed him in the theater community. Some Christmas that was. Now Errol has to take whatever work he can to survive. Delivering a singing telegram during a blizzard isn't wise, but it pays double and rent is overdue. He's got dreams, not of a white Christmas, but of getting a shot at Hollywood. He's determined to make it, if he survives this storm.

As Joe and Errol ride out the blizzard, more than marshmallows get toasty in front of the fire. When Errol discovers Joe's identity, he's sure he's found his way in, his big break. But Joe won't sacrifice Errol to the Hollywood sharks. Unless they can forge a compromise, they're going to wake from their midwinter night's dream to lumps of coal in their stockings.

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Midwinter Night's Dream, felt more like a quick day dream than an actual dream. I give this M/M romance a 3 star rating. I feel as if over all Ms. Gray had a wonderful story in mind but I just didn't feel hooked in. It felt rushed and flat. The intimate parts didn't feel sensual. I felt that there were things missing aside from the visual attraction-it just felt like I was looking at these two men who were supposed to be finding passion but read more like a Hallmark card. I googled Ms. Gray and a friend passed along High Concept and I really thought it was exceptional. Midwinter Night's Dream was a nice read-even a lovely read but it didn't start any fires or hook me in.
On a positive note, I thought the idea of two men finding romance and passion in a cabin in the woods not to mention one is a hunky firefighter was great.

Reviewed by: Nikki

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