Title: Eight Nights in December
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 7, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Jewish Holiday, College Age
Page Count: 100
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A geek. A virgin. One sexy holiday.
Orphaned Lucas figures spending the holidays with his obnoxious roommate’s family in New York City is better than staying alone on campus upstate. He ends up sharing a room again, this time with his roommate’s brother, Nate. Geeky photographer Nate isn’t at all what Lucas expects. In fact, he’s incredibly sexy—especially when he invites Lucas into his darkroom…
They hide their attraction during Hanukkah celebrations, but behind closed doors, Lucas and Nate can’t keep their hands (or mouths) off each other. Nate’s only looking for a bit of holiday fun, and amazing sex with a hot virgin definitely fits the bill. Yet as the candles burn, Nate and Lucas begin to realize eight nights will never be enough.
This gay holiday romance from Keira Andrews features secret trysts, new adult angst, spinning the dreidel, and of course a happy ending. 25,000 words.
Note: Originally published as Eight Nights by Loose Id in 2007. New edition significantly revised and expanded.
I love stories that explore other religions and cultures than the one I grew up with or currently reside in, especially anything Jewish. Judaism is fascinating to me.
Blurb sums up the book very well so I won’t rehash the plot on an already short story.
Lucas was planning on spending the Holiday’s alone on campus after the passing of his Father in September, but his roommates Mother has definite opinions on that (go Mom!). His roommate Sam is a twat – which can fit the profile of a sports jock on campus away from the controlling influence of his parents. Andrews did a good job of carrying Sam’s attitude all they way through the story in the bits we see of him and this added a needed counter point to the rest of the characters.
Lucas is super sweet – the kind of sweet you just want to bundle up and give a big hug. Watching Lucas experience gay sex in the hands of Nate just added to Lucas’s personality – the whole OMG! Hormones just woke up and are at full throttle. Lucas has had a hard year and he’s finally getting a much-needed break.
Nate’s personality started off cool and aloof, and I wasn’t certain I liked him. Now, granted, the author is writing about a house of 18 to 21 year olds, and speaking from experience, and it’s not always a likeable age.
This story crams a lot into so few pages – the awkwardness of being a virgin, first crush, the “it’s just a fling” but wanting more, the not knowing where you really stand with the other person, and, coming out to family. There was an undercurrent of expectations – doing what you think the parents want and following your own desires.
Coming back to the setting, I loved how the author interwove Lucas and Nate’s story into the backdrop of Hanukah. I’ve noticed in other books this great sense of Jewish humor, such as, “Man plans, God Laughs”, and this one was no exception with “Mr. Kramer grinned, “Well, there’s an old joke that every Jewish Holiday boils down to: They tried to kill us, they didn’t – let’s eat.””
Humor aside, it is a beautiful story set against back drop of the Jewish faith and full of rich tradition. This was a refreshing break from all the tinsel and trees so many Holiday books are filled with and had me laughing, cringing, and crying within a short span of 100 pages.