Book Reviews

Personal Shopper by Tere Michaels at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-December-2015

Book Blurb

Will Nixon only has three days to whip up the perfect NYC family Christmas to impress his twin sister's future in-laws. By chance he meets the charming and possibly perfect Hudson Smith, an out of town business man, who agrees to be his "personal shopper" in order to get everything done. In the middle of a whirlwind of prep, Will and Hudson find themselves doing more than shopping - they might be falling in love.

Book Review

While I hate shopping with a passion, I love reading about other people indulging, especially when they know what they’re doing. The fact that only one of the two men in this story, Hudson of British descent, is a shopping connoisseur made it extra funny. The second man, Will of the desperately-in-need-of-help kind, goes along with everything Hudson suggests. Will behaves like I might if I should ever be in his situation – which I thankfully won’t because I neither have a twin sister nor are any of my siblings single and in danger of foisting a new fiancé/fiancée on me. With some very nice and some very nasty - naughty is too positive a description for them - family members, an intense and immediately acted-upon attraction between Will and Hudson, and some rather unexpected but enlightening revelations at the end, ‘Personal Shopper” made for an exciting read.

Will is a playful man who knows what he wants – and it’s not sophistication. He is a horror writer who prefers unhappy endings (as do his fans, luckily), likes his action figures and unusual furniture, and has decided he does not fit into any preconceived ideas of what a thirty-year-old man should be like. When his twin asks for help with impressing her future in-laws, Will has no idea how he is supposed to pull it off but jumps into the project with the dedication only a brother can manage.

When Will runs into Hudson in a clothing store, he enlists the very clearly classy man’s help, but it soon develops into more. The stranger seems to know everything about clothing, decorations, design, and anything else that Will needs to help out his sister. And his British accent is to die for. But not everything is as it seems. By the time it is Christmas Day and the relatives descend on Will’s apartment, more than one revelation disturbs the peace of the “sophisticated” family holiday celebration Will had been planning for. The events leave him reeling, and me a little shocked.
If you like men who meet and instantly “click”, if a holiday romance with unexpected consequences is your thing, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that is as funny and sweet as it is hot, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did. Now I have to reread it to find all the clues I know are there but missed entirely on the first go-through. Well done, Tere Michaels!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 109 pages/25000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-December-2011