Book Reviews

Blame It on the Fruitcake by Pat Henshaw at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-December-2020

Book Blurb

Fruitcake is the laughingstock of the holiday season. But is it really an aphrodisiac instead?

Motorcycle mechanic Sam McGuire is surprised to find a gaily wrapped box on his doorstep with a piece of fruitcake inside. The note on the present is an invitation to a holiday party.

Intrigued, Sam attends the party -- mostly to get more of the fruitcake he falls in love with -- and meets his new neighbor, Jay Merriweather. The lure of Jay’s big family and its holiday tradition of enjoying Grandma’s fruitcake hook Sam, as does the sexy man himself.

But Sam can't imagine why handsome, college-educated Jay would want someone like him, who was raised in a children’s home and barely graduated high school.

Can the magic of the holiday season help two men who seem so different come together like the ingredients in a well-made fruitcake?



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2015.


Book Review

I have a confession to make. *hangs head, shuffles feet, scuffs a toe back and forth* I've never eaten fruitcake. My whole life I've heard such horrors about it, that I've never tried it. So if you love it, or love making it, my apologies. Although, if I found a fruitcake that brought two gorgeous and well deserving men together, I'd definitely share that.

"Fruitcake, at least according to Jay Merriweather’s grandma, appeared to be a solid brownish mass with bits of fruit and nuts in it and smelled like a pint of Jim Beam. The thing reeked. This was holiday food?"

Sam was raised in an orphanage and he's pulled himself up by his bootstraps to where after just five years he's gotten a loan approval to expand his garage where he works on Harleys. He's never gotten a Christmas gift, just for himself, since the Children's Home drew numbers and then the kids always swapped. So when he gets the gaily wrapped fruitcake and a nice note inviting him to a party, he can't resist taking a bite. And yowza, what a bite!

Jay turns out to be everything and nothing like Sam was expecting. As they get to know each other, they realize there are differences, but not enough to block the feelings developing. Unfortunately for Sam, the rules he learned at the Children's Home are still stuck in his head. "But if the Home drilled nothing else into me, I did know the rules. Cute girls and boys got cuddly toys and happy mommies and daddies. Ugly oversized kids made their own happiness."

Oh, this was a beautiful holiday story that gave me a whole lot of feels! Pat, darn it, you brought tears to my eyes! A wonderful story that is going in my favorites! Thank you, Pat!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 11044 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-December-2020
Price $1.99 ebook
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