Title: Mr. Frosty Pants (Home for the Holidays #1)
Author: Leta Blake
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Release Date: November 7th, 2018
Page Count: TBC
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Frosty former friends get a steamy second chance in this Christmas gay romance!
Can true love warm his frozen heart?
When Casey Stevens went away to college four years ago, he ghosted on his straight best friend, Joel Vreeland. He hoped time and distance would lessen the unrequited affection he felt, but all it did was make him miss Joel more. Home for the holidays, Casey hopes they might find a way to be friends again. But Joel’s frosty reception reminds Casey of just how hard he had to fight to be Joel’s friend in the first place. It’s going to take a Christmas miracle to get past that cool façade again.
Joel isn’t as straight as Casey believes, and his years of pining for Casey have left him hurting and alone, caring for his abusive father and struggling to get by. Unable to trust anyone except his rescue dog—and with no reason to believe Casey is interested in him for more than a holiday fling—Joel’s icy heart might shatter before it can thaw.
Can Casey and Joel’s love overcome mistrust, parental rejection, class differences, and four long years apart? Mr. Frosty Pants is a stand-alone, Christmas gay romance by Leta Blake featuring a virgin hero, childhood friends-to-lovers, second chance romance, and romantically steamy scenes.
Everything about this was awesome. Second chances, friends to lovers, angst, longing, heartbreak. It was all there and so well done.
Casey and Joel were best friends growing up, but they kept secrets from each other. Namely, their sexual preferences, but also the abusive families they were living with. But now they are all grown up and are coming to terms with the future and what they want.
Casey is home for Christmas from NYU with only one semester left. He has an idea of what he wants to do with his life, but it doesn’t exactly mesh with what his father wants. And he’s tried to threaten him before with completely cutting him off, so he’s attached by strings that’s he’s been afraid to cut.
When he sees Joel for the first time in years, all of the feelings he had for the man have come back full force and now he’s realizing it was love then and it still is. But Joel doesn’t want his poor, lonely, useless life for Casey. Casey has the ability to have it all and he wants just that for him.
This book was so beautifully written. I kept having to put it down and take a breath. The exchanges between Casey and Joel were so intense and heartbreaking and hopeful. They truly bared their souls to each other and Leta Blake’s words created so many emotions. I was very impressed.
I fell for Casey and Joel hard and fast. I wanted the happily ever after for them so badly and I was not let down. This kept me in suspense and I absolutely could not put it down. What a tremendous story of love prevailing and strength of trust.