Title: Once in a Lifetime (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: Cassie Decker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 37 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
All his life, astrophysicist Peter has dreamed of seeing the comet that last appeared on his birthday—and won’t be seen for another thirty-eight years. Since it could be his only chance, he travels to New Zealand. But his dream might be quashed after all when his rental car breaks down on the way to the observatory. He doesn’t even have a place to stay.
Fortunately a New Zealand native with a heart of gold offers assistance. But is kindness the only thing drawing the two men together?
Rangi can’t leave Peter stranded so close to Christmas, and his family has plenty of room—and love—to share. While Rangi is attracted to Peter, he’s seen too many of his friends get their hearts broken by tourists. Will they manage to see the comet on its decades-long journey across the sky… and take advantage of a rare opportunity that might never come again?
Peter was born on Christmas Eve 38 years ago as periodic comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma raced across the skies of the southern hemisphere. He and his father always planned to see the comet in New Zealand on its next appearance, but after his father’s death Peter makes the bittersweet trip alone. And when his rental car breaks down, he is rescued by Uber driver Rangi who takes him home to meet his family and celebrate a Christmas enhanced with Maori traditions.
Rangi and Peter share an attraction that feels a bit too sudden, given the short time frame of this story and I wished for a few more page to flesh this out, but this story has heart and a sweetness that I really enjoyed. 4 stars for “Once in a Lifetime.”
” — everything I’ve gone through, everything I’ve experienced, every single moment has been leading me up to this. It’s been leading me here to you.