Review: Midwinter Night’s Dream (Unwrapping Hank, book 2) by Eli Easton

The Blurb:

cover-elieaston-midwintersnightdreamMicah is the hippest, most chill guy on campus. But when he gets the hottest kiss of his life from a cute guy during a game of ‘spin the bottle’, Micah’s cool turns into a puddle of anxious goo. Sure, Micah’s always been a little bi-curious, but he never thought he’d pursue a guy, much less a guy who doesn’t seem to be interested in getting caught.

Leo is passionate about two things: gay rights activism and acting. He stays focused and in control, and he never, ever, dates straight guys. When a chance spin of a bottle at a party has him locking lips with Micah Springfield, president of the Delts, dread-headed, serial-dating, straight Micah, Leo is determined to forget about it, no matter how incendiary the sparks or how gorgeous Micah may be.

Leo has bigger problems. His senior project is directing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream just before the Christmas break. When his venue cancels at the last minute, Micah offers the use of his parent’s barn in rural Pennsylvania. Leo’s play may be saved, but what about his heart?

Between Micah’s sweet lips, his family’s welcoming arms, and a devious bulldog who is determined to play Puck, Leo may find himself falling under the spell of Christmas magic.

The Stats:

November 25, 2015
Pinkerton Road
Contemporary, M/M, GLBT+
121 e-book pages
1st & 3rd person
Series, book 2
Dates I read this:
Edition I read:
November 27-28, 2015
Kindle Edition
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The Review:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

I was so excited to get to Micah’s story after Unwrapping Hank. The easy-going, rolling with flow, dreadlocked cutie Micah totally captivated me in the first book.

There’s a kiss that takes place early on in this story…and that kiss. Have mercy. I could feel the earth moving. I had a tingle down my spine. I’m breaking a sweat just thinking about it two days later.

But then….Well. The story didn’t exactly hold together for me.

The book is written in first person POV of the two MCs Micah and Leo; and then we also get third person POV of several other characters. I get what the author was doing in this modern take of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. I had no interest or connection to the side characters of Yasmine and Helen in any capacity other than as antagonist and confidante. I didn’t want their story or their POV…or anyone else’s except Micah and Leo. The thing is, for me and romance books, too many points of view feel like a betrayal to the main characters when I’m learning things they can’t know.

It was fun to touch base with Hank and Sloane and learn they’re still going strong. I didn’t need Sloane’s POV to get that though. I will say catching up with them was a highlight that’s probably helped my rating.

And…I’m such a greedy, greedy reader. I wanted more spark and heat between Micah and Leo woven into the story. The potential was there, it just sadly fell short for me.

Micah and Hank’s parents, the setting of the family farm, and Grinch the dog nearly stole the show again like they did in the fist book.

I’m glad they got their HEA and I can easily see them together until the end of time, but sorry to say their story fell a little short of my expectations.

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