Snowflakes and Cinnamon Buns (Kristin’s Review)


Title: Snowflakes and Cinnamon Buns
Author: Claire Castle
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 79
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Cameron Pearce loves to work hard and play hard. Living in New York City, means lots of men and lots of variety. He isn’t looking for love.

When he goes to his small hometown Dickensville for Christmas, food, friends, family and seeing his best friend Levi are what’s on the agenda. He also hopes for some friends-with-benefits enjoyment.

Levi Jones owns and runs his own café in Dickensville. He loves the Christmas season and all that comes with it. Decorating, baking, and snow among other things. Another perk is when Cameron visits home and he gets him all to himself.

What will happen when true feelings are revealed and everything is put on the line. Will their friendship survive?

Can best friends go from hooking up to a real relationship? Do they even want to?

This book contains delicious cinnamon buns, a cute westie and sexy hot men to warm up your holidays.


Premise of the book is Cameron loves returning to Dickensville over Christmas – it’s become a holiday tradition to spend time with his best friend Levi and time with his Mom. He and his mother are close, Cameron’s father walked out on them when he was five and she raised him on her own, something he’s never forgotten. Cameron has watched friends break up, get married and divorced, and the sordid love affairs that destroyed relationships. He wants to part of any kind of emotional entanglement. But Levi wants more than friends with benefits status…

Unfortunately, I think I’m going to be in the minority here – I completely bounced off this story. It hit several of my “quirks”.

Cameron’s an executive of a marketing firm, with a condo, in New York City, at AGE 28. No, he was not born with a silver spoon, he does not come from old or new money, his (non-existent) father did not hand him the family business.

One of my biggest issues with some m/m romances is the unrealistic portrayal of the 20-30 year old age bracket, kids recently graduated from college and they have fully furnished condos and are executives of some company. Mmm…no. Doesn’t work for me.

Cameron’s mother is totally clueless that her son is boinking his best friend. She doesn’t find it odd how many NIGHTS Cameron spends at Levi’s? She doesn’t see the more than casual familiarity between the two young men? She obviously knows they are both gay, they’ve been friends since high school, and she doesn’t put two and two together?

This is going to be an odd one, but I did say these were my quirks. I got tired of the sex. ((GASP!)) Yup. About page 40 I was ready to put the book down and walk away. I could see where the book was going (actually, plot said as much in the first chapter) and it was like watching Otto run Kevin over with the asphalt roller machine in the movie A Fish Called Wanda. Except I could walk away.

But I didn’t. I kept going.

I liked Levi – he was nice, he liked helping people, you could see he adored, no LOVED Cameron. Cameron was a clueless douche. What Cameron did to Levi was just inexcusable and that just didn’t sit well with me. Now, I can see how the author wanted to bring the plot full circle with the Holidays and all, but I’m sorry. If I were Levi, I would have given Cameron the hand. No one deserves that kind of treatment after baring their soul.

So I’m sorry, but this story didn’t work for me. I’m sure other readers will get more out of it than I, cups of tea vs coffee and all that.


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Galley copy of Snowflakes and Cinnamon Buns provided by Claire Castle in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

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