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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Mistletoe Phenomenon by Serena Yates

The Mistletoe Phenomenon by Serena Yates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Magnus Carstens, an eminent glaciologist, recently had to change his life: he's become his nephew Jakob's guardian after the boy's parents died in a plane crash, he's taken a new job as a park ranger, and he's moved them to Mistletoe, Wyoming, so he can offer a stable home to Jakob while still contributing to science. There he meets Lance Rivera, a disillusioned physical therapist who is working in his sister's store to make a living after his lover took off with all their money. When the two men come together--literally under the mistletoe--both realize all they really want, despite adversity, is a family to love.

Lance figured out a way to melt the ice man. Magnus had never known how to express his feelings so he kept them bottled up. Then Lance came along and showed Magnus it was okay to feel emotion. With his newfound ability to express his feelings Magnus realized he needed Lance for more than just a life lesson.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. These two men will leave you longing for the relationship they have together. They both were looking for what each other had to offer and once they were able to get past the reservations about expressing their feelings toward one another they fell right into place in each other’s lives.

Unlike many erotic romance stories, this one included a child in the cast of characters. So not only did Lance have to woo Magnus he also had to woo his eight year-old nephew. I enjoyed the twist that Jakob added to this story. It made it seem more realistic. There are many people raising a child and still looking for love. And, as an added perk, not only do you fall in love with Magnus and Lance you find yourself quickly falling in love with Jakob also.

This story did not include very many sex scenes, as it really focused on the emotion and, to be honest, I did not mind one bit. Some couples you want to see a spicy sizzling sexual relationship from. With this couple, although the sexual chemistry is there, you just want to see the sweet happily ever after type of story. The characters required the relationship to be more emotion and relationship-driven than sexually charged, so the author could do nothing other than oblige the characters' needs.

With a strong plot and great characters, this story should be added to your must read list.

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