Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.
Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?
When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?
Contemporary, M/M, GLBT+
138 e-book pages
Series, book 1
Edition I read:
This was a delightful surprise. It was fun, mildly angsty, sort of enemies to lovers/opposites attract, sort of circumstantial, and all around irresistible.
The MCs Hank and Sloane were a great fit for being so different. Sometimes different just makes sense—and it did here, beautifully.
The secondary characters of Hank’s family almost outshone the MCs with their warmth and quirkiness. Even the family dog needs to take a bow.
The settings were illustrated with just the right words to put me there on the family farm, and even for a visit with the pie lady.
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