Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Home for the Hollandaise
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot and B.A. Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Turtlehat Creatives
LENGTH: 45 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2016
NOTE: This is a previously published work. The title, author, and/or publisher may have changed.
Jack hates going back to the East Texas town where he was raised. Even as a successful chef in Austin, he feels like that awkward gay kid all over again. But his dad is sick, and wants Jack’s famous hollandaise sauce for holiday breakfasts. When Jack finds out his old flame Kent is in town for Christmas, too, he thinks things can’t get much worse. Can Kent convince him Christmas miracles can happen?
Back in college, Jack and Kent’s relationship came to an abrupt end due to a huge misunderstanding, a conniving ‘friend’ and a loss of temper. When Jack finds himself back in the hometown he’s run fast and far away from, the last thing he expects is to see the man he’s never quite gotten over. Kent has always thought of Jack as the one that got away and when he has the chance to reconnect over the Christmas holiday, he takes it. Things are different now, however, and both men have changed; Kent knows that if he wants to keep Jack around for good, he’ll have to remind his ex just how good they are together.
This was a nice, low angst Christmas story featuring the much loved second chance and I just ate it up. 🙂 Both Jack and Kent have grown up in the years they’ve been apart but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the chemistry and mutual attraction. I really enjoyed how they took the time to talk and that while the incident that broke them up was discussed, it didn’t bog down the book with ‘what ifs’. There were some bittersweet moments in regards to Jack’s dad but the overall tone of the book was one of hope as the two men reconnected. My favorite part was, by far, what Kent does for Jack at the end of the story; it was thoughtful and sweet and really showed that he not only wanted to try and make their new relationship work, but that he was willing to go out of his way to make it happen.
This was a really nice short story and I enjoyed the time I spent reading it. If you enjoy second chance stories I’d recommend looking into this one. 🙂