Can a New York cop and a teacher find love in the city at Christmas?
It's been far too long since Christian Matthews has seen Daniel Bailey. In fact, the last time they met, Chris was a senior in college and he was the TA tasked with helping Daniel who was a way too confident freshman.
Seven years down the road, Chris is licking his wounds after being asked to leave the private school where he was teaching. He has no job, no money, and has to rely on his friend, Amelia, for the job and a room to live in. He needs a freaking Christmas miracle to make this season anything other than a total loss.
Then Daniel comes back into his life, and suddenly everything seems possible. Not only is Daniel still the man Christian wants more than anything, but this time Chris may well actually tell Daniel how he feels.
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- Serene Night
Good narration, wasn't feeling the romance
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
It was pretty light. If you want a light story about a man in need of being rescued, this might work for you
What could RJ Scott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I thought the protagonist was a bit too easily defeated and passive. I wasn't into the tongue-tied gibbering schoolkid crush he had on the other character
What didn’t you like about Sean Crisden’s performance?
I thought his performance was one of the few things I liked about this story. However the voice he used for the main character was the same voice he used for another story I listened too where the character was a minor. So it threw me off as the voice of an adult man.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I thought the author captured some of the joy and fun of the holidays.
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- Kindle Customer
Short and Sweet
Short and sweet. Holiday romance some. Set up as days before Christmas.
Good cover. Great narrator. Sean Crisden did a good job.
A good story. Some romance and some mild drama.
Lots of different types of muffins.
Nothing fabulous and nothing bad..😒
If you like short sweet romances told with good voice,
this is a good choice.
A sweet second chance story.
I read and reviewed this story in December 2017 but finally listened to the audiobook today. Why did I wait so long!? Sean Crisden's performance of this story is perfect. I loved the book when I read it but listening to it brought an entirely new dimension to the experience and I fell in love with it all over again.
You can't go wrong with the combination of RJ Scott and Sean Crisden!
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I'm a bit late to be reading this book. I only discovered RJ Scott's books a couple of years ago and she has a huge backlist for me to catch up on. 😊
As this is one of her earlier works I was surprised in some ways that it has a lot of the same feel as her later works that I love. I say this because I know that authors often say that their craft improves over time. What I'm trying to say is that I think this book is every bit as good as her more recent books that have made me fall in love with her writing.
Chris has been dealt a confidence crushing blow – being dismissed from his teaching job at an uppity private school. He's at a real low point when Daniel comes back into his life. Chris can't believe that Daniel had feelings for him years ago and is having trouble accepting that he wants him now. Daniel's wealth just adds to Chris's feelings of inadequacy and disbelief that Daniel could want to be with someone like him.
New York Christmas had me tearing up early on. The fact that my emotions were so quickly involved while reading the book is a measure I use to gage my opinion of the story. New York Christmas hit me on a lot of levels. I felt the connection between Daniel and Chris right from the start and wanted to shake Chris to get him to wake up and realize how much Daniel cares for him.
I don't feel like there was a lot of angst in this story and a certain amount of conflict is always needed to keep things interesting. Daniel is a NYC police officer and that definitely comes into play in a big way.
RJ Scott always delivers an HEA for her guys and I will be reading her books as long as she keeps writing them for fans like me.
The author gifted me a copy of the audiobook but no review was requested or required.
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- M. N.
Worse the second time
I'm sorry but I cannot recommend this audiobook. Its only redeeming quality would be its shortness, but considering that it'll cost you full price regardless....
In my opinion, Scott isn't the most skilled writer, and there's a lot more plot crammed into this story than it needs. The main drama just about works for it, but adding some more angst towards the end just to give the other main character his own share of drama just falls flat.
Sean Crisden, unfortaintely, also isn't the most skilled narrator. He puts on a few voices and they're all nowhere near as nice as his actual tone of voice. The mild variation he does for narration and one of the characters sounds good, every other character voice grates -- especially those for female characters.
I listened to this twice, as the title suggests, once last year and then again this year - because for some reason I'd thought that I had only imagined how bad it had been.
If you love RJ Scott or enjoy Sean Crisden's readings, I'm sure you'll like this one.