Review: Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas, book 3) by Heidi Cullinan

The Blurb:

cover-heidicullinan-winterwonderlandFinding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

The Stats:

November 10, 2015
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Contemporary, M/M, GLBT+
205 e-book pages
3rd person
Series, book 3
Dates I read this:
Edition I read:
November 25-26, 2015
Kindle Edition
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The Review:

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Stars

I was really looking forward to this third book in the Minnesota Christmas series. We didn’t get a whole lot of Paul in the other books, so he was a bit of an enigma and I was looking forward to his story.

Kyle was a surprise to me as the love interest. I said it about the first book—that Heidi Cullinan has a way of smashing stereotypes; and she did it beautifully with the toppy-twink Kyle. I loved him! Part of his persona was an act based on the expectations of the townsfolk, but lots of it wasn’t. He was still figuring himself out, I think, but for the most part knew who he was and what he wanted. He’s genuinely kind, giving, and full of love and caring for everyone in his life.

And, well…while I really liked Kyle for him and overall liked the story, I don’t feel like I fully connected with Paul. He was so quiet, his speaking parts were sparse, and we were rarely in his head. The story seemed to be mostly driven by Kyle, so felt slightly imbalanced.

Even with my lack of connection to Paul, and desire to have more of him driving the story, I liked them together and loved the way Kyle wormed his way into Paul’s heart.

Paul’s family was horrible and, as uncomfortable as they made me feel, I wanted a bit more about them for a more complete resolution. But I love families created by people who choose each other and families enlarged by graciously sweeping others into the fold. Paul has that…on both counts.

This was a nice wrap-up to the Three Bears finding their own Goldicocks.

Did I say that? Why, yes. Yes I did.

I have a sneaking suspicion that there might be a continuation to the series in the year to come. Fingers crossed.

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