Title: Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Author: Katie Porter
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 268
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. But when Nathan proved himself hell-bent on self-destruction and wound up in prison, Kyle closed off his heart.
Almost a decade later, Kyle’s production partner hires Nathan’s stunt company, Second Chances, to work on a big-budget action film in London. Nate is floored by his explosive reunion with Kyle. But he sure as hell isn’t surprised that Kyle still treats their mutual needs—and Nate—like dirty little secrets.
As the London holiday season casts its dazzling spell, the two men find themselves falling in love again. Kyle is one breathless kiss away from declaring himself to Nate—and to the world—but they cannot ignore secrets borne of youthful mistakes. To protect their bright new future, Kyle and Nathan will need all their passion and trust . . . and a little Christmas magic.
Publisher’s note: This is a lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.
Came Upon a Midnight Clear from the Katie Porter writing team (two best friends Lorelei Brown and Carrie Lofty) appears to be their first foray into M/M romance, originally published by Samhain in 2012 and lightly edited for this Riptide Publishing reprint, published in Riptide’s 2017 Charity Bundle, benefiting the Russian LGBT Network.
Kyle and Nathan were boyhood lovers at the boarding school they attended – Nate the scholarship charity case and Kyle the rich golden boy. They had plans for a life together after graduation, but Kyle ended up going to Yale, while Nate went to prison. Ten years later, Kyle’s production company hires Nate’s stunt company Second Chances to work on a film in London over the holidays. They’ve never been able to forget, nor forgive, one another and their reunion is filled with loads of sexual tension and lots and lots of anger. Despite baiting each other and “revisiting the old hurts, the old fears” sexually their chemistry is nuclear. “That’s one place where we never had any problems. The sex.”
Over the shoot, Nate and Kyle initially spend too much time fucking and fighting, but “The buzzing undercurrent of desire was always there, but he was beginning to seek more of their renewed camaraderie and fun.” Finally, there’s a answer to why Nate went to prison, a final misunderstanding and reconciliation, and an epilogue that is all kinds of perfect. 4.5 stars for Came Upon a Midnight Clear.