Midwinter Night’s Dream
Title : Midwinter Night’s Dream
Author : Whitley Gray
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, Holidays
Length : 114 pages (e-book)
Published : December 10, 2013
Rating : ★★★
Two years ago, Joe Blake lost his secret lover, firefighter Bryce Marshall. Grieving, Joe left his job as a fireman and paramedic to become the spokesmodel for undergarment company Escalade. They lured him into the limelight and drove him deeper into the closet. Modeling doesn’t provide fulfillment; Joe wants privacy and to feel useful again. A holiday at his mountain cabin outside Denver is the perfect escape. The last thing he anticipated, or wanted, was sharing his retreat with another man.
Last Christmas, actor Errol Lockhart discovered boyfriend Carson had stolen a play. Carson accused Errol and then blackballed him in the theater community. Some Christmas that was. Now Errol has to take whatever work he can to survive. Delivering a singing telegram during a blizzard isn’t wise, but it pays double and rent is overdue. He’s got dreams, not of a white Christmas, but of getting a shot at Hollywood. He’s determined to make it, if he survives this storm.
As Joe and Errol ride out the blizzard, more than marshmallows get toasty in front of the fire. When Errol discovers Joe’s identity, he’s sure he’s found his way in, his big break. But Joe won’t sacrifice Errol to the Hollywood sharks. Unless they can forge a compromise, they’re going to wake from their midwinter night’s dream to lumps of coal in their stockings.
High Concept had some potential, so I had hoped I’d like this one. Sadly, I had some of the same issues in this book that I found in her last one. Over descriptive to the point of me zoning out. The book fizzling out after a promising start. Another blow up to split the couple up. I know the fight is a common conflict used in books but it stuck out.
The book started off pretty good. A young play actor shunned and booted to the street on Christmas because his ex placed the blame for his plagiarism on his shoulders, takes random jobs to make ends meet. One of the jobs is singing telegrams. Sometimes sexy singing telegrams. His rent is past due when his boss offers him a job outside of town paying double. Errol needs the money or he’ll be kicked out of his place, so he takes the job. The snow really starts coming down while he’s driving and he gets lost. His car dies, so he takes off on foot. Realizing he’s in danger he digs in and passes out.
Along comes Joe. Joe has a habit of running away. His lover died in a fire so he ran off to Hollywood after being discovered by an agent. Joe is a very successful underwear model and actor. When he realizes he’s he’s hiding from his past and hates his life in Hollywood he runs back to his home town. On his way for some planned solitude to reconcile his feelings about losing Bryce, his ex lover, he finds an unconscious man in the road. Joe used to be a firefighter also so knows just what to do to save the man.
When Errol awakens he’s confused but grateful. He soon realizes he’s trapped by the storm in a cabin with a the gorgeous stranger named Joe. After a bit of time Errol realizes who Joe is. The famous underwear model. Errol is desperate for a chance out of Denver. Joe has everything he wants but doesn’t want it. Then emotions get involved. Joe likes Errol and he’s feeling something for the first time since Bryce. Errol is out and proud and he’s paid for that right. Joe is still firmly closeted. While I understand a guy not wanting to date a guy that’s still in the closet, the ultimatum thing seems so rude. How can you force somebody out? The entire fight felt forced and heated up way too quickly. Up until that they were able to communicate fairly well. Joe even asks Errol to move in with him after a few days but Errol jumps right to being upset about being a kept boy even though he WANTS to be with Joe. I guess it’s understandable given his ex and the fact he barely knows Joe but Errol kind of flips out. Then Joe does something shitty and it evens out the drama on both sides. At this point I just wanted to finish. I never really felt the connection with the characters. I still think I barely know them and yet some of their actions seemed contradictory! How the hell does that happen? There was some potential in the beginning but it just fell flat. I wish there was more focus on the couple and less on describing everything. It’s the character’s stories the reader connects to, so they deserve the focus IMO. The maybe, possibly, probably ghost thing didn’t have an effect on me either. I’m pretty sure it was meant to have more of an impact than it did. This book isn’t as bad as I’m making it sound. I think it’s just frustrating to see something I like in the writing that doesn’t deliver. 😦
Rated 3 stars by Whit