Book Reviews

Burning Down the House (Escape from the Holidays) by Gregory L. Norris at Mischief Corner Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-December-2018

Book Blurb

Leo's quiet vacation in Vermont is cut short by news that his beloved grandmother's in the hospital because she tried to burn down her own house. Feeling low and depressed that she might be falling victim to dementia, Leo takes comfort in a man he meets in the hospital's Quiet Room. The encounter's supposed to be a one-night stand, one and done, no strings attached, but Leo's surprised when he wants more.


The problem is that Aaron comes with strings and complications—ones Leo isn't sure he wants to deal with on top of his own problems. Leo's going to have to reach deep if he wants more than superficial, but he's determined to try if the universe will just cooperate.


Book Review

While this is a story about the importance of family and coming together, it is not the exuberantly fun and warm kind of Christmas tale that is so abundant in December. Instead it offers a look at two guys suffering for similar reasons and shows how sharing their pain and problems can make dealing with their situations a little easier. They start out as total strangers, their meeting in the hospital just after Halloween is a coincidence, but their decision to stick together and support each other is planned and full of purpose.

Leo is very focused on his own happiness, trying to take a vacation, when he gets the news that his grandmother almost burned down her house. He doesn’t hesitate to rush to her side, and it was good to find out that he has a lot more depth than I suspected at first glance. Aaron is a man with a history, not that he reveals this during what he thinks will be a one-night stand (for stress relief) with Leo. But once both men feel as if there could be more between them, they open up and begin to share their pain and their burdens as well as the joys a shared life can bring.

If you prefer your Christmas stories to be quiet and gentle, if a subtle message of love is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is as bittersweet as real life, heavier on the sweet than the bitter by the end, then you might like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 11500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2018
Price $0.99 ebook
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