Sunday, December 14, 2014
The Christmas Mansion by Hollis Shiloh
Synopsis From Publisher:
In a world of gas lighting and horse-drawn carriages, Rex is fixing up an old mansion to host a Christmas party for his wealthy family's business. He meets a gentle, insecure magician named Gene, who's come to work on the crumbling mansion's moldings. He doesn't expect to fall in love.
I think I've already mentioned my recent addiction to m/m romance stories. It all started with getting NOOK last Black Friday, and it seems that I can't stop reading them. I've found myself enjoying some authors more than others, and even liking certain motifs or character types more than I thought I would. Some of the stories are really heavy on the sex, and most of it is pretty hot. There are times though when I want a simple romance, light on the sex, and in some cases no sex. And that's what I got with The Christmas Mansion.
It's cute, simple, and sweet. Rex is a guy who gets to plan lavish parties for his family, who are all bankers. He doesn't have a head for numbers, so he plans events for them to entertain their clients, and to woo new ones. He has found a beautiful, but rundown mansion to fix up for their Christmas party. Gene seems to be the misfit of his family as well. He doesn't have as much magic, doesn't have a boisterous personality, and doesn't see himself as all that special. When he shows up to redo the moldings, he's almost self-effacing. As different as the two men are physically, and in their personalities, they fit together. They don't allow anything to happen until the job is complete, at least Gene won't, and it seems as if the wait was good for them. By the time the job is finished, and the party is thrown, it seems as if they are ready to move onto their next projects, as a couple.
This was the kind of book I want to read during the holidays. It has romance, magic, and just enough angst to keep it interesting. It's a guaranteed happy ending, which is what I need to have this time of year.
Challenges: Christmas Spirit