Author: Kenzie Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: To honor his grandmother’s final request, Trenton Appleton drops everything to visit the family’s ancestral home: Hummingbird House, where he experienced his first kiss and first heartbreak with Callum Eason.
Eight years ago, confused by his attraction to Trent, Callum reacted badly. But with help he never expected, Callum found himself and learned to accept who he was.
Now Trent is back at Hummingbird House, and Callum has his opportunity to salvage their friendship, at least. But Trent is less receptive than he was all those years ago. Still, Callum is determined to show Trent he has changed and keep his promise to Trent’s grandmother. When past mistakes repeat themselves, Callum must break the cycle before his last chance with Trent passes him by.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
Review: This was a super sweet and angsty read. Full of Christmas miracles and letters from beyond. A magical cottage called Hummingbird House that has a history of bringing lovers together. The cottage was left to Trenton after his grandmother Astrid died. She was all he had left and losing her crushed him. He travels over seas to her other home to get her affairs in order there. It was also one of her dying wishes that he return to capture some of the magic the place holds. The only memories that immediately pop intoTrenton’s head is the one of his best friend Callum from his younger days rejecting him after he finally got the nerve to kiss him. Then parading his girlfriend in front of him just to hammer the point home.
Callum thinks Trenton showing up after all these years is his last chance. He knows he blew it all those years ago but he won’t make the same mistake this time. Callum isn’t the same scared kid he was last time they were together. He just has to make Trenton understand and forgive him. But of course Trenton doesn’t make that easy.
This book was probably a little sweet for my tastes but that’s me. Most people who like candy coated angst will love this one. I did enjoy it. A lot was packed into the story considering the length of the story. The secondary characters were great. I really enjoyed the on page time with Callum’s family. Trenton’s reactions were a little over the top for me but he was an emotional wreck so it’s forgivable. Another charming Christmas story to add to your TBR!