Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Walking on Thin Ice
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Heroes: Spenser Roland/Evan Scott
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 134 Pages
Publisher: Jocelynn Drake
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: It’s not easy for Spenser Roland to admit it, but he needs help. Christmas is just a few days away, and he can’t face the idea of showing up to his family’s gathering alone … again. They want to see him happily settled, but Spenser doesn’t date. He can’t risk it if he wants to protect his family. But one unexpected night with Evan Scott has him thinking that maybe he can strike a deal that will make his family happy and give him a little holiday cheer as well.
Evan never should have accepted a ride home from the sexy-as-hell corporate executive, but he’s proud that he stuck to his guns. He’s done with the one-night stand game. He wants something real. Something that lasts. But when Spenser returns, asking him to pose as his boyfriend over the weekend at a Christmas celebration, Evan is sure he’s lost his mind.
But he can’t say no.
Maybe it’s the shadow of loneliness in Spenser’s bright blue eyes that’s too much like his own. Or maybe it’s his heart-stopping smile.
Either way, Evan knows he’s on thin ice with Spenser, risking his own rules and heart, but Spenser is worth the risk.
Review: A Christmas story in March? Considering I don’t believe I even read one during the month of December, that’s saying something. For the most part though, this story could be read anytime as the holiday aspect was not too instrumental to the plot besides meeting the folks. Spenser is not a rich man, but a very wealthy man who works in the family business…which is led by his bigoted grandfather. Thus, the reason why Spenser won’t date nor come out of the closet.
Evan is done with one night stands, or anonymous hook-ups, but there is just something about Spenser that makes him want to break his rules. Once Spenser respects Evans wishes and drops him off at home without forcing the sex, Evan wants to kick himself, but then when Spenser shows up and humbles himself by asking for Evan to pretend to be his boyfriend for the holiday weekend, he can’t say no.
Evan has no real family anymore, and seeing the loving dynamics of Spenser’s family just fills him with love and sorrow. He also sees the desperation in Spenser eyes and knows he wants to stop hiding from his grandfather, but the fallout would take out his family, too. Spenser’s family accepts both of them. They are thrilled to see Spenser in a relationship…no matter how fake it is…until it’s not.
What I liked was the dynamic between Spenser and Evan. They were sexy, but respectful; they were humorous, but realistic about the real world they lived in; and they deserved so much more than to be the collateral damage of old world opinions that are antiquated and hurtful. But what I loved most was that Evan was worth it, to both Spenser and his family. And that was best Christmas present ever.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*