Title : Winter Knights
Anthology : Men Under The Mistletoe
Author : Harper Fox
Publisher : Carina Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Romance
Length : 35,000 words (e-book)
Published : December 5, 2011
Rating : ★★★1/2
Historian Gavin Lowden is in Northumberland on Christmas Eve for two reasons: to find evidence of a romantic bond between Arthur and Lancelot, and to finally tell his partner Piers that he loves him. Piers has promised to come clean with his conservative family and join Gavin for their first holiday as a couple, but at the last minute, he bails. Devastated, Gavin heads out onto the moors alone, just as snow begins to fall…
Gavin stumbles into an underground chamber, where strange happenings cause him to question what is real and what is fantasy. He’s found by two mysterious men, who offer him a bed for the night–and awaken him to nuances of erotic pleasure he didn’t know existed. Pleasure he hopes to be able to share with Piers.
When Piers learns that Gavin has gone missing, he is desperate to find him. He knows now breaking up was a terrible mistake, and he’s ready to take the next step in their relationship—if it’s not already too late.
Gavin is a workaholic when it comes to his research, even to the detriment to his health and relationship with his lover Piers. He has planned a romantic getaway for the two of them to spend their first Christmas together. Piers tells him last minute he’s not coming. In a confused attempt to focus on the only other thing he cares about, his research, Gavin heads out in a winter storm on a hunch he’s figured out something important. He falls into a chamber and gets injured but is saved by a hunky rescue team, who also happens to be a couple. They take him home and open his eyes to being honest with himself about what he wants and giving Piers what he needs.
I know SO many people who loved this book. I liked it. I was surprised at the quick gut punch that brought tears to my eyes very early on in the story. It’s telling how in just a few pages the author can make you feel that strongly for a character. The Arthur legend stuff dragged the story down for me but that’s probably my issue. Many people enjoyed those touches. The big surprise shocked me much less than the threesome. I’m not a fan of them but this one was pretty hot. Gavin had a pretty wild Christmas Eve! Those that like a sentimental story will enjoy this touching Christmas story.
Rated 3.5 stars by Whit