The greatest gift might be what they already have.
After years away building his career, event planner Sebastian Chesnut returns to his small hometown of Fir Falls to reconnect with his mother, sister, and young nieces before his job takes him to London.
He doesn't expect to find his high school boyfriend, Matty, has become a virtual member of Seb's family. Back then, Matty only offered a casual relationship, but Seb fell hard, and history is soon repeating itself. Seb’s afraid to hope for a second chance, no matter how much they’ve grown and despite the family they share. Instead, he focuses on creating a last perfect holiday, which won’t be easy with his sister’s ex planning to take the girls over Christmas.
Seb and Matty might not know what to do about their feelings for each other, but one thing’s for sure—it won’t be Christmas without the kids. Can these star-crossed lovers pull off a holiday miracle?
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Coming Home, Families/Raising Kids, Second Chances
Word Count: 60000
Setting: New York State
Languages Available: English
Stephanie’s gaze grew soft. “Hey, kid, it’s okay. We’ve been fine. Quit worrying.” As Sebastian studied the changes the years had wrought in her, he thought his sister was more beautiful than ever, with her golden hair and milky complexion, along with the Chesnut cheekbones they had in common. She was nearly the same height as Seb and had a bearing that would have been as comfortable in a palace as it was in this artsy small town.
She wore a familiar knit JoosTricot gray and red striped turtleneck over skinny black jeans that brought a smile to his face. Over the years, he’d been able to gift her couture samples that Lacey passed to him, saying My curves aren’t going to squeeze into this. Someone might as well enjoy it. Given Steph’s appreciation for fine clothes and shoes, he’d loved being able to give her that little bit of luxury, a far cry from when even diapers were a stretch.READ MORE
She glanced toward the interior of the house. “Is Matt here?”
Seb nodded and then blurted out what had been eating at him. “Are you two…? I mean… he said he was gay when we… back in high school. But…?”
The bark of a laugh she gave could have been heard back in New York City. “No. Absolutely not. He still plays for your team.” She twirled her hair, a habit so familiar it tightened Seb’s heart. “We’re best friends.”
“Does he live here?”
She’d been easing into the main living space but upon hearing his question, Stephanie stopped in her tracks. “No. He lives in his parents’ old house. They moved to Florida and he took it over. He just visits. A lot.” Her eyes narrowed. “That’s not going to be a problem, is it?”
An all-grown-up Matthew Starr practically living with them for the duration of this visit? No. No problem at all.COLLAPSE