A Holiday Homecoming by Liv Rancourt

A Holiday Homecoming

Liv Rancourt

Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar – Homemade for the Holidays

Cover Design: Kanaxa

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Publication Date: November 30, 2019

 

Synopsis

Ten years ago Jon’s passion for the piano took him across the country to New York, where a demanding concert career consumed his life and left him no time to look back. His father’s stroke is the only thing that brings him home to Seattle. The sickroom makes for a dreary holiday until Jon runs into Bo, whose inner light can make anything sparkle.

Bo loves the holidays: the food, the crafts, the glitter! A fling with an old school friend—who grew up to be his celebrity crush—makes a good thing better. The season turns sour, though, when Jon is offered a gig he can’t refuse. He wants Bo to share the moment, but Bo doesn’t fly. Anywhere. Ever. Is this goodbye, or will a handmade ornament bring Jon home to Bo?

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar “Homemade for the Holidays.”

 

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4 stars
This short, sweet homecoming holiday story is a great way to kick off the holiday season. It’s got so many things I love in a book – childhood friends to lovers, family relationships, and lovable characters (I freaking love Bo).
Jon is back home in Seattle for the holidays to help his parents after his father’s stroke. His relationship with his parents is pretty strained – his mother always supports him wholeheartedly while he feels his father is just constantly disappointed in him. The one good thing that happens when he comes home is reconnecting with his friend from middle school, Bo. Bo is a total sweetheart who teaches kids at a Catholic school and spends his free time doing and teaching arts and crafts. He’s got a big heart and can’t say no when people ask for favors, no matter what it means for his own agenda and wellbeing. Bo and Jon are very different from each other but bring to the relationship what the other is missing. I really liked these guys.
My one complaint is that this story could’ve been longer. It’s a novella, which is great for bite-sized reading, but so many of the things brought up in this story, from Jon’s relationship with his father to Bo’s fear of flying, were left unresolved and I really wanted more resolution. It ends with a firm HFN as well, which while I’m always down for a good HFN, I really want Bo to get his HEA. He’s such a sweetheart with his heart on his sleeve and he deserves everything. So while I appreciated the quick read, it ended up feeling a bit unfinished.
Despite being left wanting more, I really enjoyed this story and it was just what I needed to kick off the holiday season. Bo has me wanting to make ornaments and cookies, and Jon’s story reminds me of how important family is.

 

Meet The Author

Liv Rancourt writes romance of all kinds. Because love is love, even with fangs.

Liv is a huge fan of paranormal romance and urban fantasy and loves history just as much, so her stories often feature vampires or magic or they’re set in the past…or all of the above. When Liv isn’t writing she takes care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether she’s at work or at home. Her husband is a soul of patience, her kids are her pride and joy, and her dogs – Trash Panda and The Boy Genius – are endlessly entertaining.

Liv can be found on-line at all hours of the day and night at her website (www.livrancourt.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt), or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LivRancourt). She also blogs monthly over at Spellbound Scribes (https://spellboundscribes.wordpress.com/). For sneak peeks and previews and other assorted freebies, go HERE to sign up for her mailing list or join the Facebook page she shares with her writing partner Irene Preston, After Hours with Liv & Irene. Fun stuff!

 

 

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