Title: When Christmas Lights are Blue
Author: Harper Fox
Release: 20th December 2016
Genre: M/M (Christmas)
Rob and Karan are a great couple, but they’re tearing apart under the pressures of modern life. They both work as paramedics for the NHS, and just before Christmas, their plans for the future are in jeopardy.
Rob knows he’s on thin ice with the man he loves more than anyone else in the world, and he’s at a loss to fix it. The job is getting tougher, and Karan, who’s of Sikh descent, is facing violence on the streets in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Financial problems, hostile families on both sides... Their troubles seem insoluble.
An emergency callout stops them on the brink of a final and heartbreaking row. In a forest on the bleak northern hills, Rob loses control of the van in the snow. The only gleam of light comes from a strange, lonely house among the trees. Lost, cut off from the world they know, can they find their way back to one another? It’s the longest night of the year, and spirits are abroad among the pines...
OK, I’ll make no bones about it. Harper Fox belongs to my all time favourite authors. I’m a self confessed Harper Fox junkie. Why? Well, everything she turns her hand to seems to speak to me, her writing, her plots, her understanding of emotion and character. So when I saw this little gem appear on Amazon from under a bush my fingers were on automatic pilot and one-clicked before my brain had engaged, no need to think about it and my goodness I was so delighted that I squeezed this one in between all the other books on my TBR in time for Christmas.
Some of the most wonderful things come in the smallest of packages and Harper pushed all my buttons with delightful Christmas tale packed into 45 pages. Rob and Karan are engaged and planning to get married, they are so in love that it pained me to think that outside pressures maybe their undoing. However, it takes a small Christmas miracle and they are more in love and stronger together than ever before.
This book is a dedication to all the men and women who sacrifice so much, putting their own lives at risk to save the lives of others. Budgets are stretched which mean so is manpower pushing everyone to their limits and never more so especially before the holidays. Being paramedics have always been a dream for both of our boys in this story but overwork and external pressure is putting a lot of strain on that dream. Bring into this mix their gay relationship and Karan’s Asian ethnic background and all too sadly we soon see prejudice will raise it’s ugly head when given a voice.
There is most definitely a political agenda running though this book and I felt as though Harper was speaking right from my very soul. Like she had looked into my heart and understood what is there. But being the talented author she is, she can express this so much more eloquently than I ever could. Combine this into a wonderful story with a real message for today’s current situation and I had tears rolling down my cheeks by the end of this book. This is all packaged up in a wonderful, paranormal, fairy tale like dream that Rob experiences while on a call out and shows him that the only thing worth fighting for in life is love. Especially everything he has with Karan.
In a little under a two hour read, Harper had touched on so many emotions within in me. Anyone who is aware of what is happening around us today and wishes to see this through the eyes of Harper Fox then I can’t recommend this book highly enough. So treat yourself to a stocking filler on your Kindle, put aside two hours with a hot chocolate and be prepared to read, reflect and if you’re like me maybe shed a tear.
Meet Harper Fox
Bestselling British author Harper Fox has established herself as a firm favourite with readers of M/M romance. Over the past three years, she’s delivered thirteen critically acclaimed novels, novellas and short stories, including Scrap Metal (Rainbow Awards Honourable Mention),The Salisbury Key(CAPA nominated) and Life After Joe (Band of Thebes Best LGBT Book, 2011).
Harper takes her inspiration from a wide range of British settings – wild countryside, edgy urban and most things in between – and loves to use these backdrops for stories about sexy gay men sharing passion, adventure and happy endings. She also runs her own publishing imprint, FoxTales.
Harper has recently returned from Cornwall to her native Northumberland, and already the bleak moorlands around her home are providing a wealth of new ideas for future work.