Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Winter Wonderland
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Minnesota Christmas #3
Heroes: Paul & Kyle
Genre: M/M Contemporary – Holiday
Length: 205 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Available at: Samhain Publishing & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.
Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.
No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.
Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.
But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.
After seeing his friends find partners, Paul’s even more desperate to find a man of his own to share his life with. Unfortunately in a town like Logan, there’s not many options. After a secret admirer leaves him illicit snow sculptures and sends him naughty text messages, Paul finally figures out it’s Kyle Parks. But the age difference between Kyle and Paul is enough that there’s no way Paul will even give Kyle a chance. Fortunately, Kyle’s harder to get rid of then Paul thought and before Paul realizes it, he has a guy of his own. But what Kyle didn’t realize is that Paul’s is his worst enemy and it’s much harder to make a relationship work than he thought. Will Kyle be able to get passed Paul’s issues or will Paul’s problems be what loses him another guy?
I. ABSOLUTELY. ADORED. THIS. STORY. I’m a sucker for holiday themed stories in general but the Minnesota Christmas series has been my favorite since I read the first two last year. I just love how sweet but hot they are and the guys never make finding their happy endings easy. In this one, we finally get Paul’s story, who’s been wanting a guy just his own for so long. Now he has Kyle, who’s still trying to shed the town image of the kid he once was. But Kyle’s sweet and stubborn and most of all, is able to give Paul what he needs inside AND outside of the bedroom. Paul is more of a contrast – he seems like a burly guy but he’s actually really soft and vulnerable. I loved that about him because it made Kyle, the much more smaller and effeminate partner, the stronger. It was interesting to see their relationship develop and the ups and downs they went through.
My only ‘real’ issue with this one is that there was way too much sex for my liking. I felt like sometimes instead of the characters addressing the situation, they’d just have sex, which grew too excessive for my tastes.
In the end, though, I absolutely adored the book. I’m so glad that baby bear finally got his story and ended up with someone who’s stubborn enough to make Paul see what’s right in front of him. It was fun to see all the guys again and meet new people. I hope this isn’t the last of the Minnesota Christmas stories because I’d love to read more about this town and the people in it. If you’re looking for an amazing Holiday story with some steamy sex and a tad bit of drama, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*