Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Ice, Snow & Mistletoe
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Genre: MM Holiday
Length: 156 Pages
Publisher: Jocelynn Drake
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: John Sullivan is escaping to Denver. Even with a massive snow storm on his heels, he plans to hide away in his cabin in the mountains and ignore Christmas. It’ll be just him and a bottle of whiskey until the new year when he must return to Cincinnati for his best friend’s wedding.
At least, that’s the plan until he runs into Oz at the airport.
Oz … the man who should have been just a fling. The man who was fun and laughs but quickly turned into so much more before he completely kicked John out of his life.
Oz who desperately needs his help…
John is ready to leave Oz stranded at the Denver airport in the coming blizzard, but he finds himself possibly staring down at the reason Oz pushed him away, and John can’t say no.
Second chances don’t come around often, but John is willing to fight for one with Oz.
Review: This story was kinda sad. No, it was really heartbreaking, in so many ways. And here I was expecting some jingle bells and holly to assist in jump starting my holiday reading. But, don’t let that stop you, it totally ends on a high note and you just know that all those past issues are going to remain in the past.
Oz is bisexual and John is the first man he was ever attracted to enough to explore that part of his life. He was afraid, rightfully so, but John was worth the chance. Until one day he wasn’t, and John is devastated, confused and heartbroken. Fast forward five years and the story begins to unravel all the secrets of why Oz just stopped. Literally just quit anything that was John, or relationships.
I am not a fan of flashbacks, but in this case it was necessary to get the backstory on what changed. In many areas you see the love shining in Oz for John so you know that wasn’t the problem. Once the big reveal is brought to light, Oz is given a second chance…until he almost blows that one, too. But, John is a saint. Truly, the man should have just walked away, but love is blind and love forgives.
This is a fast read and things move quickly, but it is not insta-lovey, per se, but more reunited and second chances. It was sweet in some ways. and heart breaking in others. But, the holidays have a way of bringing us our hearts deepest desires and I was glad that Oz and John finally get theirs.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*