”Today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.” – Khalil Gibran
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 82
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: ATF agent Peter Lomax isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.
Carver loves Peter, but he’s fully aware that six months doth not a commitment make. Carver wants to make the relationship last forever, but he’ll have to leave their life in Chicago to take care of the family he loves. He wants to do it with Peter by his side, but going from the city of Chicago to tiny Colt, Kentucky is a big change.
Carver has only one Christmas wish: Please, oh please, let Peter fall enough in love with Carver’s family to follow Carver home.
Review: I have read everything Mary Calmes has ever written. Her books are always filled with great characters and her stories are timeless.
This is a short, sweet Christmas themed story: Two men trying to come to terms with how they really feel about each other, and having that happily ever after. Carver is an artist and Pete an ATF agent. They seem to be an unlikely couple, but their six month relationship is full of lust, passion and love.
To me this read like a little snippet into the lives of these two characters. Their relationship is still new. They’re still getting to know one another. One believes it’s just too good to be true. While the other, having never been in love before, is slowly coming to terms with the feeling that he’s definitely found “the one”.
We didn’t get a chance to know Carver and Pete on a deep personal level, and that was okay. The author did a great job in letting us get to know them enough that it wasn’t needed or missed. It has just the right amount information, to balance the story.
As the story unfolds it becomes clear the two men are not on the same page in their relationship. But after a trip to Carver’s family home Pete comes to realize that he wants to be wherever Carver takes him. He knows the place he is meant to be is by Carver’s side. We can only guess how their life will be, but we know they’ll always have each other. I felt this was a story about two men in the beginning of their happily ever after.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this story. Fans of Mary Calmes will not be disappointed. It’s a quick read too. So, if you have a couple of hours to spare, I would highly recommend this book.