Title: The Mature Man’s Guide To Surviving Change (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: Chris Scully
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 30, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Holiday Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 66 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
In the sunny playground of Palm Springs, growing up was something confirmed bachelor and bad-boy chef Joel avoided at all costs—until a close friend’s death made him reevaluate his priorities. Ever since, he’s been dedicated to helping his widowed friend Perry get back on his feet by teaching him to cook and providing a shoulder to cry on. But when Perry announces that he’s ready to start dating again and then begins receiving gifts from an anonymous secret Santa, Joel is forced to confront the feelings he’s suppressed for so long.
As Joel struggles with jealousy and guilt amid the holiday season, he must decide if he’s ready to grow up and reach for what he’s always wanted but never thought he could have.
I really enjoyed this book. I was kind of skeptical because of the name of the book but honestly it was really a great read.
Perry lost his husband two years ago. After two years of grieving his loss, Perry is finally ready to start dating again. He still misses his husband terribly and will never truly get over the loss but he promised his husband that he would one day find love again and now he feels as if he is ready to do so.
Joel was best friends with Dale, Perry’s husband that passed away. So when Dale died Joel took it upon himself to take care of Perry. Over time Joel has started to realize that he is attracted to Perry which is a problem. For one Joel only has hook ups and not dating or relationships. And two Perry is Dale’s husband whether Dale is alive or not.
When Perry tells Joel he believes he is ready to start dating again Joel is not happy about it. Joel is even less happy about the fact that someone seems to be trying to woo Perry by sending him gifts signed Secret Santa. The more gifts that come, the more uncomfortable Joel becomes.
Joel needs to figure out if he wants to finally “grow up” and tell Perry that he is falling for him. Or he needs to learn to accept the fact that someone else may end up capturing Perry’s heart if not him.
This was a really good book about learning to move on, learning to let go, learning to grow up, and learning to live again. It is not always easy to move on from losing someone but sometimes you get lucky enough to find a new love. Chris Scully wrote a very good book. I truly enjoyed it. I look forward to more books by Chris in the future.
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