Clint Barker wants to take his relationship with boyfriend Joshua Cash to the next level, and that means meeting Josh’s family at Christmas. Clint is sure he can deal with anything, even though Josh has expressed reservations that his big, loud hillbilly family might be too overwhelming for an introvert like Clint to handle.
Josh loves his family, but the only other time he brought a boyfriend home to meet them, the guy didn’t last through dinner. Clint means everything to him, and though he knows his family means well, Josh is worried their nosiness and sheer overwhelming presence will drive Clint away.
Between having to fix an illegal still, getting treed by a wild hog, and barely avoiding a bar fight between rednecks and bikers, the holiday doesn’t get off to an auspicious start. Then at the traditional Christmas Eve Hootenanny, Josh and Clint argue, and Clint later turns up missing. Will this spell the end of their relationship, or will a newborn in a stable work a little Christmas miracle for them both?
This is my first Ari McKay story and I absolutely loved it. I have a tendency to be more...forgiving...of holiday stories, but this was a truly funny, sweet, and sexy read. Our two MCs, Josh and Clint, were developed and well-written so that they weren't flat, as happens so frequently with short stories. Also, the colorful cast of family characters related to Josh were great additions to the story. I'm sure it's just me, but I typically find that the more an author tries to be funny and clever about small town/big family situations, the more annoying and meddlesome I find them. That was NOT the case here. I smiled, snickered, and outright laughed at the situations Josh and Clint found themselves in, and was happy they got their sweet, happily ever after at the end.
Honestly, I'd love to read more about these two guys. In the meantime, I'm off to check out their other offerings.