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Christmas Kitsch (Susan’s Review)

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Rusty Baker is a rich, entitled, oblivious jock, and he might have stayed that way if he hadn’t become friends with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. When Oliver kisses him goodbye before Rusty leaves for college, Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But nothing can help Rusty survive a semester at Stanford, and he returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. But with Oliver’s love and the help of Oliver’s amazing family, Rusty realizes that failing college doesn’t mean he can’t pass real life with flying rainbow colors.
Second Edition — First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, December 2013.

Best Christmas story ever!

Rusty is a high school jock. But he’s not the person his parents want him to be. He’s not super smart, he’s not a womanizer, nor is he excited about a future as a lawyer. But he’s still trying to be everything they want him to be.

When Rusty meets Oliver, they become instant friends. Rusty isn’t sure what it is about Oliver, but Oliver just makes him feel good.

When Rusty goes off to study at Stanford, he is struggling with the course load. He feels he’s not smart enough for Stanford, but with non-stop studying he might make it.

But trying to juggle everything, his school work, his new roommate, his confusing feelings for Oliver, Rusty isn’t doing too well. When he goes home for Thanksgiving, Oliver is waiting for him in the driveway. But when his parents catch him kissing Oliver, they tell him he’s no longer welcome at home.

So Rusty has no other choice but to drop out at Stanford and sleep on Oliver’s couch for a while. Oliver’s father tells Rusty he can stay as long as he wants, but Rusty doesn’t want to impose. Luckily Oliver’s family helps him out wherever they can, and it is not long before Rusty has a cheap apartment and a cheap car. And he can even work construction for Oliver’s dad….

This had so much hurt/comfort that I was in heaven. Rusty was hurting so much, and Oliver and his family provided so much comfort, it was absolutely wonderful.

Rusty didn’t have much, but sometimes that just doesn’t matter.

”We don’t need a bed to be in love.”
”Promise you won’t leave me alone,” I said, my voice so clogged I almost couldn’t get it out. “Promise you won’t leave me in this shitty apartment, all by myself, when the only thing I want is you.”

Title: Christmas Kitsch
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 7, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary, Christmas
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5




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