Book Reviews

Your Christmas (Once Upon a Holiday 1) by S.J. Coles at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 19-January-2023

Book Blurb

It’s your Christmas, Nick. Make it what you want it to be.

Nick only agreed to return to Littleton for Christmas because Charlie, his movie-star ex, is throwing a Christmas Eve party. Charlie was the one who got away, and, regardless of what his old friend Seph says, Nick thinks he still has a shot.


But things don’t go according to plan. Maybe it’s being back in his hometown, maybe it’s the time of year, but Nick is looking at Seph in a whole different way.


Nick has to decide what he really wants for Christmas before he blows yet another chance at happiness.


Book Review

Nick’s best friend is Seph, with whom he shares the news that he is returning home to Littleton for Christmas. “It’s ‘a time to be with those you love – even of you hate them at the same time.” Particularly, Nick is returning to see Charlie Kearney, now a major movie star. But to Nick, he’s the one who got away, the one always on Nick’s mind. Bless the media, which conveniently permitted Nick to shadow stalk Charlie. Successful after his escape to London and a good professional life, returning home seems an exercise in ambivalence for Nick (that is, accomplishment tinged with angst?) – well presented by author Coles. Nick, Charlie, and Seph seemingly were the only three gays in the village.


Their Christmas reunion at the home of Charlie’s family is the main course of this holiday repast. It’s fun seeing the revision of one’s emotions. To Nick, surprise, Seph becomes gorgeous. Proving himself not an idiot, Seph observes “You’re not an arsehole, Nick. You just try to be one.” Doesn’t that sound better with the British accent? Their bodies suffer a pleasantly turgid reaction as Seph and Nick exchange erotically detailed Christmas presents!


For completion and anticipated continuity, Charlie and Nick almost have a moment – but as pointed out by Stephen Sondheim, there is often irony in the timing (i.e., me on the ground, you in midair). Welcome to HEA number one.


Aside: One of the connections between these paired volumes (part two 'Our Valentine's" will be published on January 31, 2023) is the appearance and reappearance of Auntie Mia – who, surely, is merely the spirit of family concern and kindness. Real? No way! A useful component in the literary structure? Who knows?




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 59 pages/11664 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-November-2022
Price $0.99 ebook
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