To be home for Christmas, they must bridge the distance between them.
Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.
Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.
As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?
This story is like that sweater (or in my case hoodie) that you cuddle up in when the weather is kind of crappy and your seasonal affective disorder is raging and all you want to do is lay in bed and mope all day. It’s that sweater – or hoodie – that doesn’t quite ease all the ache, but it makes you feel warm and fuzzy and hopeful.
That is to say that it is a lovely, fluffy holiday romance, but it’s not without its angst. As Charlie and Gavin traverse the country, they make up for lost years as the miles fly by, and work through all the teenage BS that had been standing between them before. Things heat up as the snow gets heavier and thicker. And just when it seems all hope is lost, they’re able to make it through.
The memories that both boys dredge up throughout are poignant and recall those hormonal heartaches that always feel like the end of the world at the time. But by far the most heartstring-tugging bit of the book is Charlie’s little sister Ava. As he and Gavin remember her diagnosis and the subsequent years of her being ill, you’ll hurt for this character you’ve only met through them.
Thank goodness Keira loves happy endings!
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