Reviewed by Danielle
TITLE: On the Third Kiss
AUTHOR: George Loveland
PUBLISHER: LoveBow Publishing
LENGTH: 149 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2017
Sebastian Bennett is really looking forward to his Christmas holiday with boyfriend Elliot Bolton in the Gran Canarian sun. The only thing left is for him to sing one last song at the pub as his Drag Queen alter-ego, Donna Tracey. After the wig, make-up and dress come off, he rushes home to pack, only to find he and his chihuahua, Buster, have been deserted by Elliot, who’s taken someone else to Gran Canaria. Devastated, Sebastian turns to his friend and the pub’s manager, Javier Reyes-Martinez, who helps him pick up the pieces.
Javier seems determined to bring fun and laughter back into Sebastian’s life during this holiday season, and Sebastian is both grateful and enchanted. After a family Christmas and a word of advice from his great-uncle, Sebastian starts to look at Javier in a different light. Is Javier as fond of Sebastian as he appears, or is Sebastian being misled by his own need? If he’s reading the signs right—and if he’s ready to move on from his previous heartbreak—could he and Javier be much more than friends?
A sweet love story by the author.That is what first comes to mind after finishing this story. A comfortable, enjoyable read.
We first meet Sebastian as his alter ego Donna while performing a show, just before he is supposed to take off on a well deserved holiday with his boyfriend. As the blurb states, he gets something different. He finds his house abandoned as his boyfriend ran off with someone else on what should have been their holiday.
Pub manager Javier is there to pick up the pieces that the faithless boyfriend left behind. He sweeps right in, taking care of Sebastian and helping him get through the “shit” that his ex left him with.
It is adorable to see Javier trying to bring a smile into Seb’s life again. The love he has for his friend is obvious to everyone but Sebastian himself. Even Sebastian’s family notices when he brings Javier with him for Christmas day.
A special mention should be made for Sebastian’s nephew Freddie. He is adorable in his admiration for Donna and his eagerness to follow in her footsteps. The sweetness and openness and how that is handled by the whole family is wonderful and touching.
Overall this is a sweet “holiday” story that makes you smile and gives you warm feelings, especially when you are searching for a sweet, comfortable, contemporary read.