The Christmas Fling (Maya’s Review)

Title: The Christmas Fling (Christmas Town #1)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 207
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Sometimes it takes a village to fall in love.

Eccentric, reclusive, socially awkward project designer Evan Myles doesn’t date. Paying for sex with professionals is so much more efficient and suits his needs well enough. But when he’s on assignment in rural Logan, Minnesota, for the Christmas Town project and a handsome stranger at the bar catches his attention, Evan decides it’s time to break his rule. It doesn’t matter that he’s never so much as flirted before. It can’t be that hard, can it?

Davidson Incorporated lead architect Terry Reid hasn’t been hit on so clumsily in his life. Terry’s the first to admit he’s a neurotic Prince Charming, and he’s kissed his share of frogs of both genders, but he’s never met anyone quite like Evan Myles. Evan calls Terry by the wrong name, mistakes Terry for a simple construction worker, and picks apart his work as an architect. Despite this rough start, Terry is lured by the brilliance of Evan’s ideas, his quirky personality, and once they’re alone in Evan’s cabin, the man’s mad skills in bed. Yet Terry knows it takes more than a single night of passion to make a relationship work, and after so many failures, he’s just not ready to try again.

Evan and Terry’s path is strewn with stones neither of them can dislodge. Fortunately, they’re not alone on the road to romance. They’re in Christmas Town, home to matchmakers, meddlers, and more “fairy godfathers” than they could possibly know what to do with.

Most importantly, in Logan, Minnesota, happy ever after is guaranteed.

I picked this story based on the blurb so once I got the book the cover turned out to be pleasant surprise. There is a dreamy town panorama glittering in the background making me wish to pack my coffers and move in immediately.

Evan is in a quandary: he needs to get laid. Sadly, the town he is in doesn’t have much to offer in the way of prospective bedmates, or so he thinks until he meets Terry.

Evan doesn’t do well with people. He is not ashamed of his lack of social skills but it makes flirting difficult.
Terry is tired and overworked and distinctly unamused by the guy who tries flirting with him clumsily at the bar.

Evan does come off as a total jerk. Despite initial awkwardness, the two of them manage to make connection even if neither of them wants to admit it.

I’ll admit to skipping the sex scene. I found the dialogue over the top and the enema totally killed my interest.
From there the ride was bumpy. The storyline didn’t impress me and I didn’t like the characters. I still kept reading because author’s writing was great and despite my reservations, the characters were easy to connect with. This is not a stereotypical romance and the characters are eccentric and quirky.The men spend a lot of time trying to build a relationship with occasional setback to tangle things up.The story has a very unique flavor.

I’m really torn about rating this one. It’s not a bad story, but it is unusual. Minus the sex scenes, it’s a compelling read. While it didn’t work for me, I’m sure it would click with readers on the hunt for romance with distinctive characters who despite hardships still make it work.

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