Author: Avery Ford
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: LoveLight Press
Publication Date: November 7th 2016
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"I've been hurt too many times...I'm not giving my heart away again."
Alex MacElhaney doesn't know what to do with children. He's more than satisfied with his two English Setters, Molly and Duke, and his fledgling bakery business. But when an emergency with his sister in law's family leaves him in charge of his two nephews in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Alex buckles in for a crash course in parenting.
"A second chance with the one man who unintentionally broke my heart?"
Police officer Kellen Walker's deepest wish is to have a husband and children. The happy families he sees all around him at Christmastime leave him feeling cold and alone. He'll never have that - coming out as gay would break his ailing father's heart. The only thing he can do to combat his loneliness is to throw himself even further into his work, burying his needs in service to others.
"Is their love strong enough to risk everything?"
When Kellen investigates a break in at Alex’s bakery, he comes face to face with the one man who almost tempted him into defying his father and coming out – but that’s in the past. Kellen resolves to do his job and be the friend that Alex wanted all along. But when Alex suggests a Christmas fling, can they both love the other without their hearts getting attached?
4 out of 5 stars
This is the first book I've ever read from Avery Ford, but after reading this one I will have to keep her on my radar because I really enjoyed this one. I am actually going to go pick up her other book right after writing this. I'm a big sucker for holiday romances AND second chance romances, and this book is both in one so I loved it!
Kellen comes from homophobic parents, so he has remained in the closet because he doesn't want to disappoint them or stress out his father (who has a heart condition). He is lonely and would love to have someone waiting at home for him when he has a hard day at work and eventually also have kids, but he feels as if that can't happen for him without losing his parents.
Alex is a busy bakery owner who just recently moved back to the area, and now also has the responsibility of watching his brother's two sons. He is recently single and has sworn off serious relationships for a while, but when he sees Kellen again he starts having second thought about that plan.
There are some steamy scenes in this one, but it doesn't end up overwhelming the story. There were time when I was really frustated with them, especially Kellen, but that made their HEA even more satistfying. Can't wait to read more from Avery Ford!
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