Title: In Case of Emergency
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books/ Self Published
Release Date: November 30th 2017
Page Count: 120
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Former stepbrothers find Christmas romance under the tree.
After years alone, Daniel Diaz is finally ready to shake up his orderly, solitary life. He’s about to leave for a cozy Christmas getaway with his new man when he gets the call from the ER that his former stepbrother has been admitted with a concussion and a broken hand—and Cole put him down as his emergency contact. Why the hell would he do that? Daniel barely knows the guy. After all, their parents’ marriage lasted less than a year and it was a decade ago!
But Cole has no one else to look after him and strict doctor’s orders not to be left alone. So fine, Daniel will bring him along on vacation to make sure he doesn’t starve or fall into a coma. This is supposed to be Daniel’s chance to explore romance again after locking down his feelings for too long—except it turns out his could-be boyfriend is more interested in partying and being an obnoxious jerk. Daniel sends him packing, and now he’s stuck with a virtual stranger in an isolated mountain cabin.
Cole Smith crushed hard on cranky Daniel when they were teenagers. Alone with him in a romantic winter wonderland, those feelings roar back to life. Glimpsing the caring, vulnerable man under Daniel’s frosty shell, he yearns to get closer. Christmas is a time for surprises, and Daniel and Cole discover a scorching connection that just might melt their hearts.
This fluffy gay Christmas romance from Keira Andrews features former stepbrothers reconnecting as adults, sexy hot-tub shenanigans, cuddling by the fire, and of course a happy ending. 32,000 words.
It’s a sad day when I have to give a Keira Andrews book less than 3 stars. I usually LOVE her work, especially her Christmas stories (btw, if you haven’t read If Only in my Dreams and A Very English Christmas, add them both to your list ASAP).
I had issues with this story from the get go. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the “vilain” of the story is too much. Justin was just too much, to the point he resembled a caricature.
I never managed to warm up to Daniel. He felt too high strung, too dramatic, snobbish and I hated being inside his head while he was constantly irritated by…everything.
I liked Cole a little bit more, but being constantly ready to eat out of Daniel’s hand like an overeager puppy was annoying.
When the sex came, it was hot but came out of the blue. It felt rushed and a little forced.
I appreciated a lot the demisexuality approach, but the whole conversation felt weird and awkward to me.
I did like the epilogue, though. I always appreciate it when we get to see the couple a year down the road.
I believe I’m going to be the minority with this one. If you ‘re a fan of the author, you should still go for it. But for me, it just didn’t work.
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