Title: ‘Tis the Season
Author: Alex Jane and Michael Fell (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 13th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Aaron has spent the past ten months alone. When he meets a sad, yet strangely familiar man on a cold Halloween night, he impulsively invites him home. But the intimate connection they share lasts only until morning. Aaron wakes up alone—wracked with guilt and devastated to have lost his chance.
Or so he thinks.
Thanksgiving brings Aaron another shot at happiness, but letting go of an old love and accepting a new one isn’t as easy as everyone keeps telling him. And by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, it becomes clear that Aaron’s not the only one struggling to let himself love again.
Christmas miracles are all well and good, but it’s going to take more than the Holiday Spirit for Aaron to get his happy ever after.
A story of grief, sadness, and letting it go; and finding love when you least expect it.
Told from the single point of view of widower Aaron, the meat of the story takes place over about four days. First, when Aaron meets Dylan when they are both at some pretty low points on Halloween, then again on Thanksgiving day, and finally again at Christmas.
There’s a thread of sorrow throughout the story with both men having to deal with past relationships. It’s a realistic type of romance where nothing is easily won, there are bad days and even the epilogue, which takes place a year later has a little bit of melancholy running through the hopeful end.
There’s a lot of time jumps and not a lot of explanation or background on Dylan, which if his POV had been included I think it would have made this so much better. As it is it felt like their relationship development was a touch forced, but that could be because of the condensation that happens with the page restrictions of a novella.
The narration by new to me narrator Michael Fell was thoroughly enjoyable with easily discernible character voices, good timing, and a nice emotive expression. Fell reminds me (in the best ways) of Michael Ferraiuolo and I’ll be keeping my eye out for more of his work in the future.
Recommended for those who like a touch of bittersweet with their romance but who also definitely want an HEA, and who don’t mind the more rapid paced relationship development of a novella – and you should definitely check out the audio.
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