Book Reviews

New York Christmas by RJ Scott at Love Lane Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-December-2012

Book Blurb

It's been far too long since Christian Matthews has seen Daniel Bailey. In fact the last time they met Chris was a senior in college and he was the TA tasked with helping Daniel who was a way too confident freshman.

Some years down the road, Chris is licking his wounds after being asked to leave the private school where he was teaching. He has no job, no money, and has to rely on his friend Amelia for the job and a room to live in. He needs a freaking Christmas miracle to make this Season anything other than a total loss.

Then Daniel comes back into his life and suddenly everything seems possible. Not only is Daniel still the man Christian wants more than anything, but this time Chris may well actually tell Daniel how he feels.


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This story was originally a short story created for a blog in 2010... it has been extensively re-written and only the ideas in it remain!...the original story was 15997 words, this new and re-written version is over 35,000 words.

Book Review

This is a great Christmas story, from the slow build of a romantic relationship that is long overdue, through some very angsty territory, all the way to lives being threatened, and a perfectly adorable ending. And even though Christmas isn’t really at the heart of the story, Chris and Daniel's love is the focus, it is a perfect example of the Christmas spirit. Of course, the setting of New York in December and January may have something to do with it. Two of my favorite scenes are the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller center and the two guys going ice skating. The latter was hilarious!

Chris has been through hell, the man he loved having disowned and publicly humiliated him. Well, not directly, but he let the accusations Chris's previous employer made stand, which, in my opinion, is the same thing. And Chris being anything but a fighter, he slipped into depression and is still trying to deal with everything. His self-esteem is at an all-time low when Daniel, a man he used to tutor when they were in college, reappears in his life. Chris decides to take what he can get before Daniel discovers the truth and runs for the hills, and I really felt for Chris. He's a great guy and the fact he can't believe anyone would be interested in him, despite all the signals Daniel gives off, just shows the depths of his depression.

Daniel is an absolutely amazing guy. He may have been a bit of a player in college, which is an image not easily forgotten by Chris, but is deadly serious about going after Chris eleven years since they last saw each other. Daniel is also interesting because he is rich enough to never have to work a single day in his life, yet he decided to become a cop. Against his parents' wishes and advice, he knows he needs to feel useful, and keeping NYC streets safe is the best way he can think of. I only wish we'd found out more about him, he is definitely a fascinating enough character to deserve more "air time".

If you like love stories that are as romantic as they are hot, if you enjoy a book that is full of Christmas spirit and bursts at the seams with its message of hope, and if you're looking for a read that balances humor, deep emotions, and a great setting, you will probably like this novella.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 79 pages/35000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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