Title: Unto Us the Time Has Come
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Published November 30th 2015
Page Count: 59
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5
Last Christmas, Kenn Greyson gave husband Chris Martenson an ultimatum—spend more time with the family or we’re leaving. He never expected Chris’s reply would be “then leave,” but that’s exactly what happened, and Boxing Day took on a whole new meaning.
Separated for nearly a year now, both men are miserable apart and coping the best they can for the kids’ sake. With Christmas just around the corner, a new conflict arises: neither man is willing to forego Christmas morning with their children. Chris finally suggests they spend the holiday together at the house and, to his shock, Kenn agrees.
Armed with the knowledge that he’s been a stubborn idiot, but that perhaps he can change and begin to repair their relationship, Chris takes steps to win his husband back. He just hopes he can get Kenn on the same page before Santa comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.
Sean Michael’s books haven’t really worked for me in the past. But I really enjoyed this one and it follows a trope that I like very much but, unfortunately, don’t come across very often in romance.
Spend more time with us and less at the office or we’re leaving.”
Chris and Kenn have been married for 14 years and have two kids. In his efforts to provide everything the family needs, Chris ends up working very long hours. He actually lives just to work and this takes a toll on his relationship with his husband. So without thinking it through, Kenn gives him an ultimatum which results in a breakup.
The story picks up almost a year later. Chris misses his family. Kenn doesn’t have time for his art because he has to work two jobs to make ends meet. They only see each other when they swap off the kids. It’s obvious they still love each other, but they ‘re just too damn stupid and stubborn to take the first step.
But when Kenn reaches his limit, Chris is there to catch him.
I liked the holiday feel, the switching POV and the fact that the kids didn’t overtake the story. There was some steam too; I’ll call it lovemaking because that’s what it actually was.
So, surprisingly, I enjoyed this story a lot. Recommended!