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Friday, January 29, 2010

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Adrianna Dane

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Adrianna Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Destrie Two Rivers and Benedict Webster--an orphaned half-Indian and a wealthy rancher’s son. Men who were boyhood best friends, turned secret lovers when they were eighteen. And then one nightmarish night they were discovered and Destrie almost died as a result.

Now, eight years later, just before Christmas, Destrie, an Army sniper, returns to Wyoming on leave to attend the funeral of his foster father. Both men have changed and the distance between them seems wider than the Continental Divide with no way to breach the chasm. But just as the creek where they first made love runs powerful and constant, Destrie and Benedict’s passion for each other still burns undeniably deep and everlasting.

Re-igniting their unquenchable desire could prove fatal. Until the heavy guilt and shocking secrets of the past are revealed, neither of these two men can truly come home for Christmas.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a love story that addresses the social prejudices that affect homosexual relationships head-on, while giving a glimpse of hope for the future.

From the moment you meet Benedict and Destrie, reunited after ten long years apart, you’ll sense their need for one another. Neither man has forgotten the other, even as they both know it’s for the best that they never become lovers again. One stolen summer as teenagers nearly cost Destrie his life when the truth came out and Benedict’s brother and friends attacked Destrie to teach them a lesson. Now, the men have to put on a false front and keep a distance. But how do you do that when the one man you’ve never forgotten is the only one you’ve ever loved? As terrible as it may seem, love isn’t always enough to keep two people together when the world is determined to keep them apart.

Author Adrianna Dane has written a story that will break your heart just before she puts the pieces back together again. Benedict and Destrie are characters you love and want to see together, even as the danger of doing so hovers over them. The tension between the star-crossed lovers is wonderfully written, while the revelations along the way will keep you guessing. Just when you think you know where the story is going, it takes another turn, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

Reader’s who love an emotional story with a nice helping of sizzling-hot sex will thoroughly enjoy I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Don’t forget to pencil this story into your TBR list.

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