Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland - Heidi Cullinan An ARC of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

“A ten-foot-tall snow penis towered over Paul Jansen’s front steps. Again.”
Any book that begins with that phrase has to be fun. I mean, come on! Snow penises.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s exactly how everyone judges Kyle Parks. By his appearance. He looks like a twink. He has a very youthful face. So everyone treats him like he’s still a kid. And I was just as frustrated about it as he was. He is so loving and fun with his twin sister, who has Downs Syndrome. He is a nurse at a care center for seniors. He has a heart of gold.

At first Kyle is shot down by Paul because Paul’s view of him is the same as everyone else’s. He thinks Kyle is too young for him, or he’s too old for Kyle. And he’s not interested in a swishy bottom boy. But after following some advice from Paul’s friends, Kyle begins to win him over with his charm, his down to earth personality and his control in the bedroom.

We also get to see a lot of the guys from the previous two books. Marcus and Frankie, Gabriel and Arthur. The six guys team up and work together to pull off the biggest winter festival ever. The first annual Winter Wonderland that will put the town of Logan on the map. But Paul’s homophobic family might just ruin it all, not just for Paul and Kyle, but for the whole town.

This book is the perfect feel good holiday story to get you in the Christmas spirit. It’s just like the Hallmark and Lifetime movies that Paul loves so much. If they made this book into a movie, it would incite the same feelings of love, joy, family, warmth and smiley goodness.

There is just a little bit of drama, and it’s wrapped in so much happy that it’s hardly noticeable. Your heart clenches occasionally, but those moments are brief. And it ends with the classical, magical happy ever after.

If you don’t have time for a Hallmark movie or your power is out and you just need that feel good holiday movie fix, just curl up with this book and a cup of hot cocoa this holiday season. It will most definitely do the job.

This review is cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews