Title: Miracle on Three Kings’ Day (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: Beth Laycock
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 49 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Levi’s family knows he needs to find a way out of his funk and be a part of the world again. His brother, Jesse, invites Levi to join him in sunny Spain for the holidays, but a delay at the airport finds Levi at Jesse’s home while his brother is stranded in Scotland. Luckily Alejandro—Alex—is on hand with a key, a friendly smile, and a willingness to keep Levi company. He might even manage to draw Levi out of his shell for some mutual flirting.
Levi surprises himself when he accepts an invitation to spend New Year’s Eve with Alex at Alex’s café, but is he ready for more when it means jumping back into life feet first? Besides, with an ocean between them and Alex hiding a part of his life that Levi isn’t sure he can handle, they’ll need their own Three Kings’ Day miracle to stay together.
Arriving in Spain for an extended New Years holiday with his brother, Levi finds himself alone, brother Jesse and his wife stranded in Scotland due to a blizzard. But Jesse’s best friend Alex keeps him company and invites him to the holiday celebrations.
We learn about Three King’s Day (Fiesta de las Reyes) which corresponds to Epiphany, and its’ customs of las doces uvas de la suerte (the twelve grapes of luck), the Three King’s cake and the traditional parade. Levi is soon captivated by the gorgeous friendly Alex, but over 2/3rds of the way through the story Levi is still unsure if Alex is gay, married, or just being friendly to him because of his brother. Finally Levi and Alex clear up their miscommunications and one steamy sex scene later, there’s the promise of a continued romance at the end of the story.
I enjoyed learning about the Three King’s festival and the author does a good job with the Spanish setting, but I would have liked more development of the relationship between Alex and Levi. 3.5 stars.
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