Book Reviews

Jolly Old St. Barts by Joel Skelton at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-December-2011

Book Blurb

After grieving over the death of his partner for a long, lonely year, Matt is finally starting to feel the need to pursue love again. Andy, an A-List model just back from Milan, longs for someone special to spend his life with but for the time being, sets out to find the hot guy he tried to pick up the year before from the local Christmas tree lot. The magic of a snowy Christmas Eve may prove that Saint Nick’s not the only one who can ring in the Yuletide—sometimes you just need a hottie from St. Barts.


Book Review

This is a wonderful story about new beginnings and hope for a better future. Both Matt, who lost his lover of four years a year earlier, and Andy, a successful fashion model, are very lonely and more than ready to start a (new) relationship. I liked their interaction, the careful approach that quickly blossomed into more. While the physical intimacy was immediate, I could feel these guys starting to bond on a mental level as well.

Matt is so dreadfully lonely and miserable, I didn’t see how he could possibly start making real progress within the time of a short story. Even a year later after his lover’s death, he still talks to him. While his head knows it is time to move on, and his body is in definite need of another man’s touch, his heart is another matter. I was very relieved to see that meeting Andy and getting to know him very quickly led to Matt being able to truly take a step into a new life.

Andy may be very successful professionally, but, in his own way, he is as lonely as Matt. He may not have psychological hang-ups, but he lacks the opportunity to meet ‘regular dudes’, as he calls them. He is very attracted to Matt and decides to go for it.

If you like stories about new beginnings, about new lovers who give each other hope, and want all of these elements plus a Christmas mood, you are bound to like this story.

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 48 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2011
Price $2.99 ebook
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