Book Reviews

The King of Cups by Elinor Gray

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / New Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 11-December-2014

Book Blurb

American college student Charlie Porter is stuck in London for Christmas, thanks to massive winter storms that blanket Europe. He's facing a holiday spent in a hostel eating cold beans out of a can, when Hugh Campbell, his friend from university, surprises him with an invitation to Scotland. If Charlie is going to miss Christmas with his own family, he might as well spend it with someone else's. But nothing is ever that simple, especially when Hugh's mum puts them up in Hugh's old bedroom together. Charlie's been nursing a crush on Hugh since they met, but he can't ruin a perfectly good friendship over that.

Hugh knew his mum and dad would see right through him, but he should have expected that Charlie would get the boyfriend treatment. Rather than dispel any illusions, he and Charlie agree to let the matter lie and to act as normal as possible. But when Hugh's friends get on his case about Charlie, he'll deny his attraction until the sun comes up. Not that anyone believes him.

Without the distractions of school work or flatmates, the tension of being alone together grows. Charlie is headed home after the New Year, and then will be gone for good by the summertime. Can they sort out their feelings before it's too late? Or will this just be another missed opportunity?


Book Review

Perhaps more than any other celebration, Christmas is a time for family. Whether it's attending Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve or bickering over a rowdy game of Trivial Pursuit, every family has its traditions, all treasured and eagerly anticipated. I, for one, would hate to be separated from my loved ones over the festive period, which is why I felt so sympathetic toward Charlie in 'The King of Cups,' who finds himself in this very situation. What he doesn't expect, however, is that Christmas abroad will have its own special magic.

After several months studying in London, university student Charlie Porter is looking forward to flying home to the States to spend Christmas with his family. He is devastated, therefore, when snowstorms leave him stranded on the wrong side of the Atlantic. With his flat mates celebrating the festive season with their own families, Charlie faces the prospect of a lonely Christmas… that is, until his good friend Hugh Campbell invites him up to Scotland to join in the festivities with him and the rest of the Campbell clan.

Charlie has harbored a crush on Hugh from the moment he met him, but has resisted the temptation to make a move, not wanting to ruin their friendship. With their studies and fellow flat mates providing a distraction, Charlie has thus far succeeded in holding back. Yet, once in Scotland, Hugh's parents assume the two are a couple and put them both up in Hugh's old bedroom. Exploring the local area with Hugh by day, and sleeping beside him at night, Charlie finds keeping his hands and his feelings to himself increasingly difficult.

Elinor Gray has written a Christmas romance that is as tender as it is sexy, and which can't fail to warm your insides during the long, dark evenings. Charlie and Hugh are incredibly sweet with one another, and I particularly liked the way the author builds the sexual tension between them. If you're seeking a quick read to get you in the festive spirit, I can certainly recommend this story. So curl up in your favorite reading spot, grab yourself a mug of hot chocolate or glass of mulled wine, and enjoy.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 26700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-November-2014
Price $3.99 ebook
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