When State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.
As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.
When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?
Travis is a decorated state trooper, but after he gets hit by a speeding car during a routine traffic stop he wakes up in the hospital, in a lot of pain. Noah, the brother of his best friend, is a nurse in the hospital and the man Travis has yearned for, for almost twenty years now. Can Noah and Travis finally push past the brotherly relationship they have, now Travis truly needs Noah’s help?
I really enjoyed this story. It is a slow, well paced romantic story of two men who have known each other forever, and been as close as family, but when their circumstances change they can each finally admit to feeling far deeper about the other than they’ve ever admitted. I loved how the slower pace of the story really let me get a feel for the characters and enjoy their situations. This is all told from the first-person point of view by Travis, but I really loved how the author showed through small hints and gestures exactly how Noah was feeling too. I never once questioned the deep love was felt equally by both men, even though we never actually see anything from Noah’s perspective.
The build-up and chemistry in this story was phenomenal. I really loved how Noah and Travis came together, both growing and still learning and discovering things about themselves and each other. The sex – when it finally arrived – was smoking hot and deliciously written. I was already heavily invested in the relationship and both men by then so the graphic intimacy was just the icing on the cake for me. I really feel that this is such a wonderful, well paced and emotional, romantic story that readers of all heat levels should enjoy it. Only readers who strictly avoid M/M romances might not enjoy this story.
With a huge extended family, and plenty of interesting and vibrant characters and plot I found this to be a well rounded story. With a strong, heartwarming and family centered theme, this slow building romance between Travis and Noah was an excellent story and I one I expect to happily re-read a number of times in the future. An excellent story.