Series: Unwrapping Hank #2
Author ~ Eli Easton
Published ~ 25th November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary Christmas M/M Romance
Micah 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.
NOTE: This novella can be read as a stand-alone
Midwinter Night’s Dream is the second book in Eli Easton’s Unwrapping Hank series. While you can certainly read this book as a stand-alone M/M romance, fans of this author and series will be excited about this one as we get to see Micah, who we meet in book one of this series, get swept up into the confusing and emotion-filled world of passion and love.
It is no secret that I have become a fan of this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart, laughing out loud, and happily sighing. This holiday story was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between our two protagonists who let one super-charged kiss jump-start something that takes them both out of their comfort zone.
Micah Springfield is a pretty relaxed guy, not allowing most things to get under his skin. However, when a game of “spin-the-bottle” at a college party leads to a scorching hot kiss with another guy; Micah can’t seem to let go of the incident that has somehow imprinted itself on his brain nor can he get the other guy out of his head. Admittedly, Micah has had some bi-curious thoughts in the past but he never imagined that he would act on them. He also never expected to be the one doing the chasing, a first for the laid-back frat boy.
Leo Dayson is a theatre major who is known for his passion for the arts and also for his involvement in all things that have to do with gay activism. He is definitely out and proud on campus. When he locks lips with Micah at the party, Leo is taken aback at how intense the kiss turns out to be. However, Leo has no interest in dating a straight guy no matter how much he makes his heart sing. Done that, bought the t-shirt. Plus, Leo needs to focus on his senior project directing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream which is fast approaching. Nope…no time for a sexy frat boy with dreads….no time at all!
I loved how different both guys were. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to click when they let their guards down. Micah is this lovable and vibrant character who you can’t help but fall in love with. His easy-going nature was hard not to like and I loved the fact that it took Leo, someone Micah did not expect, to be the one to rock him and set him completely off-kilter. Leo definitely wanted to play it safe when it came to Micah as his past experiences left him approaching matters of the heart more on the cautious side. He had no idea just how much he needed someone like Micah in his life, not until the sexy frat-boy sauntered into his atmosphere.
This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two college guys go from one defining and heat-charged moment to something more. Something neither one of them expected when they ventured down the road of harmless flirtation and lust.
All in all, Midwinter Night’s Dream was a wonderful, sugary-sweet, tale that is a perfect holiday read. Just the book to put you in the holiday spirit. This is definitely a series (and an author) to check out for lovers of the M/M genre.