Reviewed by Dennis
AUTHOR: Eli Easton
PUBLISHER: Eli Easton
LENGTH: 138 Pages
Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus. Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much? When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?
Sloan has grown up moving all over the world with his parents always searching for a better, more adventurous place to be. His last place he lived was in Paris before he came back to the states to go to college in hopes of having a more normal, settled life. While in college he is studying to be a Vet, and has also joined fraternity, where he is brought face to face with Hank, one of his fraternity brothers that others have warned him to stay clear of.
Hank is the baby brother of Micah, who is not only his big brother by blood but also the president of their fraternity. Hank grew up with hippy parents on a farm with different views on the world then what he is discovering on his own while in college and growing up away from home. He is also questioning the feelings he has been harboring for a long time. When Micah comes up with a great idea to pair the two to plan the Christmas party for the fraternity, the friendship Micah hoped for between them does not happen quickly, they become more like “frenemies” as Hank puts it.
Eli has a wonderful story on her hands of not only coming to terms with who you are, but also maybe not judging a book by its cover. Hank doesn’t like Sloane due to his upbringing, and partly because he is a little frightened of the feelings Sloane might bring to the surface. The characters, story and the interactions between them are well written and flow very well. As Hank and Sloane start learning about each other and interacting more, you can’t help but want good things to happen for them and can’t wait to find out what happens next. If you want to read great finding-love story during Christmas time I would recommend you reading Unwrapping Hank.