Title: Sleigh Ride
Series: Minnesota Christmas, #2
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: 11/11/2014
Genre(s): m/m Holiday; enemies-to-lovers
Page Count: 192 Pages
Reviewed by: JLoves2Read
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.
Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.
It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.
As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.
This was a sweet and feel good story. As we left Book One, Let It Snow of the series Marcus and Frankie got their happily ever after however we were left with two lumberjack bears (Arthur and Paul) who needed their story to be told. In this book we get to follow Arthur Anderson as he falls in love. As we know from “Let It Snow” Arthur and Paul had a bit of a friends with benefits relationship going on however other than that there was no love lost between the two. When Arthur decides he needs a change he moves out of Paul’s cabin and makes some changes in his life.
Cue matching making mom. Yes that’s right, Arthur’s mom decides its time for her son to settle down. While playing Santa at the town library Arthur is forced to work around Gabriel, the town librarian. However, this is not an insta-love book thankfully as the author plays upon the enemies to lovers trope. Gabriel and Arthur don’t really hate each other but again they are not dying to spend time around each other at first either. With a lot of tender style care and allowing Gabriel to work through his issues, Arthur is able to finally get his man! It was a little bit of a let down when these two did finally get together between the sheets as they were not very hot together. I mean don’t get me wrong there was some steam but when you go from book one with Arthur in a “sorta BDSM” style relationship to Gabriel and Arthur there is a bit of a let down..but each relationship is different. However the author manages to sprinkle in a little satisfaction and swooning towards the end which was a bit of a redeemer.
I appreciated the author giving us some further story on Marcus and Frankie and letting us catch up with them and I cannot wait to read about Paul as he finds his happily ever after. I really have gotten to like these three burly lumberjacks from Minnesota and their quaint small town. Overall this was a sugary sweet holiday treat that of course can be read all year round.