Book Reviews

The Probability of Mistletoe by E.J. Russell at Reality Optional Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 22-May-2020

Book Blurb

When software engineer Keith Trainor decides to start his own company, he knows exactly who he wants as his partner: Parker Mulvaney, his best friend from high school. But in the ten years since graduation, their contact has dwindled to nothing, and it's all Keith's fault. If he hadn't tried to kiss Parker under the mistletoe at the winter formal their senior year, Parker wouldn't have bolted. At their ten-year reunion, Keith intends to do everything in his geeky power to make amends.

Parker should have known that scheduling the reunion the day before Christmas Eve was a recipe for a headache of monster proportions. But when Keith sends a text that he'll be attending, the evening doesn't look so bleak. Can an unnecessary makeover, a nostalgic breakfast, an abortive shopping trip, and dance invitations with only a 50 percent success rate culminate in a long-overdue first kiss?

The Probability of Mistletoe is a short and sweet opposites-attract, friends-to-lovers, second-chance rom-com featuring an awkward geek on a mission, a determined extrovert with a plan, interfering female relatives of various sizes, and a statistically improbable amount of mistletoe.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2017.


Book Review

Sigh. High school reunions. I can’t say I’ve been to any of mine although this year would have marked my 29th. I also can’t say I’ve ever wanted to attend any of them. To put it bluntly, I didn’t care for most of those people then, why should I make an effort now? However, in Keith and Parker’s story, it’s very obvious that their tenth-year reunion is going to bring them the happiness they’ve been missing or, at the very least, provide answers to some questions that have been a long time coming.

I love a plot where the awkward, yet well-meaning, act of many years before is vindicated by both people and where they’ve ended up now. Keith and Parker were best friends from freshman year on even though they were complete opposites. And, no matter how much Parker wanted to kiss Keith that night so long ago, Parker knew that if they went from friends to boyfriends, Keith would be so focused on Parker that he would have turned down the opportunity to go to Stanford just so he could remain in-state with Parker. Well, Parker wasn’t going to have that because he knew exactly how brilliant Keith was, and he needed to accept every opportunity that came his way without worrying about a relationship. Of course, Keith views the whole situation in a totally different light, but tonight they both have the chance to set everything straight. So to speak. *grins*

Parker and Keith are absolutely, no-holds barred perfect for each other, and sinfully adorable at the same time. Once they get past the miscommunication and misrepresentation they are able to fall right back into the friendship and feelings they always had for each other. Throw in family, love, two nieces who are giant GWF’s - Gaming While Female - and the same chemistry they shared all of those years ago, and it was meant to be this time under the mistletoe.

A wonderful and sweet story. I am definitely going to be looking at the prospect of reading more by this author as I most certainly enjoyed the writing.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 44 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-March-2020
Price $1.99 ebook
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