Title: All I Want Is You
Author: DJ Jamison
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 29th, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 161
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
One kiss under the mistletoe destroyed a friendship. Will another Christmas kiss remake it into something better?
Eli hasn’t been home since he left at eighteen with a heart aching from his best friend’s rejection and his father’s intolerance. But when his father reaches out, Eli figures it’s time to make peace with his family. He doesn’t expect to come face-to-face with Turner too — or to learn that the straight friend he’d foolishly loved is actually bisexual — but once the shock wears off, he knows exactly what he wants for Christmas.
Turner’s life isn’t everything he’d once planned, but he’s happy to be the shoulder his loved ones lean on. They keep him busy, which is just as well since none of his dates have really clicked. He hasn’t been able to connect with anyone the way he did with his former best friend. When Eli shows up for the holidays after years away, Turner doesn’t know what hit him. But he knows one thing: This time, he wants to give Eli a reason to stay.
All I Want Is You is a holiday romance with friends to lovers and second-chance themes with an HEA.
Eli and Turner had been friends since they were kids. Eli had come out and Turner had supported him, been there for him, stuck up for him. Until Eli took a chance and kissed Turner. And was brutally rejected.
After high school Eli left and never looked back. He thought about Turner, but the hurt lingered. So, eight years later, he’s found himself jobless and heading back home for Christmas. He finds that while so much has changed, his feelings for Turner haven’t. And this time he feels like he’s got a chance.
I liked the premise. Friends to lovers is a fun, exciting trope, not to mention when it’s a straight friend. This honestly didn’t seem super authentic to me. I felt like eight years came and went and nothing really changed. Eli and Turner just fell back into old routines and it just so happened that Turner had lied before and was all in? I just didn’t buy it. I longed for the SPARK but it just never ignited for me.