Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Blame it on the Mistletoe
Author: Eli Easton
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Heroes: Fielding Monroe and Mick Colman
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 99 pages / 2 hrs 38 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book: Nov. 27, 2013 / Audio: Sept. 26, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.
It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn’t understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.
Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.
Fielding is a grad student of 20 – uber-geeky, no social skills, protected, only-child, sent to Cornell University and ends up living with Mick, 22, ex-football jock and ladies man. At first Mick is a little off-put by the strangeness that is Fielding, but that quickly gives way to a protective nurturing and then a warm friendship which finally blossoms into love.
This is a novella, and it moves quickly, but wow does it pack a punch! Fielding is hysterical. Though the story is told from Mick’s POV, Fielding is so transparent it is very obvious his every feeling and emotion. He loses himself in his studies and unless Mick makes him surface to reality, he forgets to eat. Mick introduces him to exercise, movies, and making snow angels. Fielding shows Mick how to appreciate the world around him from an entirely unique perspective that is fresh and charming.
The mistletoe comes in when Fielding asks Mick to teach him how to kiss lest he be embarrassed at the Physics Department Christmas party where kissing is destined to occur with a known-virgin killer.
At first Mick resists because this isn’t something one teaches one’s friends, then he resists because he wants it too much, then he doesn’t resist and that’s when things really get interesting.
Fortunately Mick has a good female friend to set him “straight” and the boys navigate their relationship changes to an amazingly sweet ending full of Christmas joy.
I am so psyched to be reviewing this. I absolutely LOVED this short story and my only complaint was that it was a novella and not a full-length novel. Fielding is awesome. Funny. Quirky. Sweet. And a little tough guy too! Mick is wonderful. Self-deprecating yet confident. Caring and compassionate but still a man’s man. Helpful and considerate but still controlled by hormones.
The sexual tension is off the charts. Though it all happens over a few short pages the heat is amazing and the resolution is satisfying, even though it mostly hints at the sex rather than bombards you with it.
I LOVED the ending. It’s an epilogue and you know I love me a good epilogue and this one may be my favorite epilogue EVER.
Book rating 5 of 5 stars – 6 if I could!
As if the book itself wasn’t enough awesomeness, Jason Frazier kicks ass as the narrator. Oh. My. God. He gets this book. He acts it out so exquisitely I was seriously, seriously steamed up by his reading. His voices are amazing – his girls sound like girls, the erotic scenes are scorching, the humorous scenes are funny, the emotional scenes are tear-jerking. I am bowled over by how fabulous a job he did. I swear he is Mick.
I haven’t heard any of his narrations before but you can bet your ass I will be looking for him from now on.
Rating 5 of 5 – 8 if I could!
Overall 5 of 5 but only because I can’t give a higher rating.
If you liked this story you have to buy the audio book even if that’s not your thing, it’s just that good.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*