Top critical review
Fun and fluffy but not without its share of flaws
13 March 2018
Good things: this was a lot of fluffy, sugary fun. I read the whole thing in one sitting and it was a breeze to get through. It’s fairly fast paced with very few boring bits, and it featured some of my favourite tropes: hurt/comfort caretaking as a way to bring characters closer together; big, warm, wholesome family Christmas; righteous anger on a crush’s behalf. The narrator was charming enough, and especially at the beginning, Gabe was lovely and fiercely out of bounds and eminently snarky. I had a lot of fun reading this, and I think if this genre is your thing, you will too!
Less good things: With respect, I think the author is not a very polished writer. It’s fun and lively and engaging, but very often, the prose and the plot are clunky. There’s a huge amount of telling and very little showing. Dylan is gorgeous. Jude is breathtakingly gorgeous. Gabe is too gorgeous for words. Why does Dylan even like Gabe? Because he’s gorgeous. The various plot elements seem to sit discretely without blending together or having much foreshadowing. Suddenly Gabe is sick so they can have a bonding moment, and then it cuts to the next scene. The characters start off mature (this is a partner of a law firm and his secretary) but quickly devolve into juvenile behavior just to further the plot (or because it’s easier to write?). How can Dylan and Gabe keep saying Dylan is amazing at his job when clearly he’s often incompetent? Because of frequent missteps like this, it’s hard to trust the narrator and therefore hard to suspend disbelief and fully engage in their world.
Should you buy this book? Yes, if you like fluffy m/m romances and want a good time, and as long as you’re willing to forgive the often clumsy writing and plot.