This unabashed MM romance is delightful, and sparkles off the page. It has everything a non-cynical, Christmas-loving, egg-nog glugging, cashmere scarf wearing, relentlessly cheerful, saying Happy Christmas to everybody, Fair Isle sock rocking, winter bunny could ever want.
It has a cute dog. It has a cheerful brother with A CHRISTMAS TREE FARM. It has snow and sparkles and witty dialogue and adorably grumpy teenagers. it has a baker in peril of losing his business, and a grumpy bear of a man who has a centre softer than melted marshmallows. Trust me, even the most evil-tempered, sour trolls would find this hard to dislike.
It isn't all sparkles and rainbows. There are some serious elements to it, as Baxter keeps up a cheerful facade to hide the fact he is in fact intensely lonely, and his low moods border on depression over the failure of his bakery business. Paxton swears he doesn't want people meddling in his affairs but his gruff outlook is a defence mechanism against heartbreak.
My only quibble with this book, and it IS only small, are the names Paxton and Baxter. They are so similar, a couple of times I lost who was who. It was the only thing that took me out of this lovely story, but the names at the top of each chapter soon set me on the right track again.
This book is a perfect read for this time of year. If you're feeling down, if you're feeling blue and want a cozy, sexy read, try this. It's a shot of serotonin in book form. I loved it (you might have guessed) The characters are gorgeous without being finger-down-the-throat nauseously perfect, and the story is a shoo-in for a Hallmark movie. I'll definitely be reading it again over Christmas.
A stranger is just someone you haven’t been forced to spend Christmas with yet.
Baxter: As a 42-year-old single father the last thing I expected before Christmas was for my daughter to sign me up for a community matchmaking event. The Christmas Buddies program becomes a challenge I can’t wait to overcome when I realize the man that has been assigned as my buddy for the holiday season is none other than Paxton Montgomery. He’s massive, grumpy, incredibly gorgeous (in a lumber jack kinda way), and also—weirdly enough—the only person in town who doesn’t like me. Can I change Paxton’s tune by the end of the holiday season? Or am I destined to spend yet another Christmas craving companionship and someone to hold my head up before I drown in the stress of my broken bakery?
Paxton: I’m not a people person. I know this about myself and I am at peace with it. The only exception I have is my son. He’s the most important person in the entire world to me. So I had no choice but to go along with his scheme as he rigs the Christmas Buddy drawing so we can spend the holiday season with the girl he’s had a crush on since junior high. The only catch: her father is a crucial part of the bargain.
Can I survive the holiday season with sunshine golden boy Baxter bombarding me with his jokes and his too-bright smiles? Or will I succumb to my dark desires and strangle the grin right off his too-pretty face?
Let Your Heart Be Light! Is a standalone slow burn Holiday MM romance with high heat, a HEA, and no cliffhangers. It features a relationship between two adorable single fathers as they navigate the Holiday season. Together they’re warm, young, and tooth-achingly sweet. If you like funny stories with too many dad jokes, Christmas magic, grumpy x sunshine, and lots of steam then read on!