Review: The Christmas Deal (Festive Takes #1) by Keira Andrews

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Will fake boyfriends become the real deal this holiday?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except ex-Marine Logan is jobless and getting evicted. Worse, he’s a new single dad with a stepson who hates him. A kid needs stability—not to mention presents under the tree—and Logan’s desperate.

Then he meets lonely Seth and makes a deal.

Can Logan temporarily pretend to be live-in boyfriends to increase Seth’s chances at a promotion? If it provides a roof over their heads for the holidays, hell yeah. Logan considers himself straight—he doesn’t count occasional hookups with guys—but he can fake it. Besides, with his shy little smile, Seth is surprisingly sexy.

Make that damn sexy.

Shocked that Seth has only been with one man, Logan can’t resist sweetening their deal to teach him the joys of casual sex. No strings attached. No feelings. No kissing.

No falling for each other.

Easy, right?

The Christmas Deal is a steamy holiday gay romance novel from Keira Andrews featuring fake boyfriends, bisexual awakening, a clueless single dad with an angry preteen, and of course a happy ending.

Spoilers in the review.

Review:

Dear Keira Andrews,

This story was written in 2019, but I stumbled upon it yesterday and grabbed it because it was free on amazon. I have read this writer’s works in the past and it was mixed bag for me, so I figured let me at least try again. I finished it very fast and I actually really liked the development of the relationship between them no matter how fast it happened.

Logan and Seth just had that easy going chemistry and I was rooting for them to make it, but man I had to close my eyes and imagine really hard that their relationship did not start as a fake one, that they just met through Logan’s sister and started becoming friends because Logan agreed to do renovations for Seth and they would eventually fell for each other.

Yes, yes, I know I imagined the beginning of the different story than the one I have read on page and I should not be doing it, but honestly this is a testament to how likable I found both characters and wanting to keep reading despite doing a massive eye roll as to how their relationship started in this book.

This book is another proof that fake relationship especially in contemporary romance just does not work for me, not because I mind the trope in theory, it is just every time I make an attempt to try the book with it, it sounds so silly and ridiculous. This one is no exception. Okay, sure I can see how Seth’s new boss has a policy of promoting people with families first.

Note, I am not agreeing with such a policy! I am just saying that I can imagine that happening . I would go further and say that in the romance land I can even see Seth himself ( if he was a different character mind you!) coming up with such charade and asking someone who was a friend to pretend that they were dating and going to be married, still sounds ridiculous to me, but if I squint hard I can maybe imagine that happening. But for crying out loud, why would Seth’s coworker who also happens to be Logan’s sister suggest to their new boss that Seth is dating her brother?? If the character’s actions and reactions resembled how reasonable human being acts why would she do it?

Yes, Jenna is a busybody, but she has no idea that her brother even has casual sex with men, forget about him being bi or gay. So, why would she decide that suggesting that her straight brother is in a fake relationship with her work friend may be a good idea? Beats me.

So, yes, I liked the guys and the relationship, I just really did not buy the beginning of it. I liked both men, even though they both had some hang ups, but it made sense. Actually Seth’s hang ups made a little more sense to me than Logan’s, but it is mostly because I have not read a book where one man not only does not think he is gay, but where he is having casual sex with another men and still trying to convince himself that he is straight, not even bisexual in a very long time.  I still liked Logan, but was really happy when he got over it. I also really liked Logan trying to find common ground with his step son Connor, I thought it was a very sweet and relatable storyline.

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Sirius started reading books when she was four and reading and discussing books is still her favorite hobby. One of her very favorite gay romances is Tamara Allen’s Whistling in the Dark. In fact, she loves every book written by Tamara Allen. Amongst her other favorite romance writers are Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Josephine Myles, Taylor V. Donovan and many others. Sirius’ other favorite genres are scifi, mystery and Russian classics. Sirius also loves travelling, watching movies and long slow walks.

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