Work is back to boring. Just a few things getting ready for our meeting out of town next week. I'll be gone Monday noon to Wednesday night. I think I have to wait over 90 min. in the Toronto airport for the shuttle. Ugh. Normally I wouldn't care. Curl up somewhere with my books and tune out the world, but I think I'm flying with colleagues so I'll have to pretend to be friendly. I'm so anti-social. LOL So I've read a couple of things this week.
Promises by Marie Sexton (216 pages)
Jared lives in small town Colorado where he helps run the family store. He's out but there's really no date material in town. Matt, the new cop in town comes into the store and strikes up a friendship with Jared. He claims he's straight (despite giving some mixed signals) but they become best friends and even though Jared is in love he values their friendship. Finally Matt cracks and admits he likes Jared and they start a relationship which comes with a whole other set of problems including Matt's homophobic coworkers, Jared's fear of facing the town not as a gay man but as a gay man with a boyfriend, and various other impediments to their happiness. I really enjoyed this a lot. I liked how Jared seemed like the one completely comfortable being gay until he suddenly had to face people as part of a gay couple and how Matt knew what he wanted and was willing to put up with to get it. I also liked Jared's SIL who while she was a bit pushy she wasn't obnoxious about it like some female characters. So on the whole I can't find much I didn't like about this book. Definitely worth a read.
Just a Touch of Frost by Kiernan Kelly (33 pages)
Jack Frost (twin brother of Kris Kringle, son of Zeus and one of the Fates) has been wandering the earth alone for millennia after being cast out of Olympus when he was falsely accused by Hades of making a play for his wife. He's decided the only way to end his loneliness is to start an ice-age on earth and get Zeus to notice him and strike him dead. But he meets Matt who can not only see him despite his invisibility spell but touch him, most people freeze. When Jack takes off to get some ambrosia so he can keep Matthew permanently, Hades kidnaps Matt because he wants Jack to be miserable too. When faced with this Jack has one thing to say “Let’s just say that Hell is about to freeze over.” This was a cute story with lots of Kiernan's humour. I have to admit I snickered along with Hades here:
“Where’s Matt?” he asked through gritted teeth. “If you’ve harmed one hair on his… “
“Head? Chest? Legs? Ass? Back? Be specific, Jack…the boy has more hair than an angora sweater.” Hades chuckled nastily.
So it's a fun little read. It says it's a Christmas story and yes, Kris Kringle is Jack's brother and it ends with one Christmas scene but the story doesn't revolve around Christmas at all.