Nell Iris' Christmas

Advent calendar: day 15


Behind door number 15 of my advent calendar, we find ‘Twas the Play Before Christmas by Kris T. Bethke. Because if you’re a current visitor to my blog, you know by now that I’m a huge fan of Ms. Bethke’s writing, and not just because we’re writing buddies 🙂

Also, join me in wishing Kris a very happy release day, because today is the day this book is released. Wohoooo, lemme go pour myself a glass of bubbly to celebrate. 🙂

twas the play before Christmas


After the death of his wife, Nick Valenti is raising his twins on his own. It’s no surprise when his son, Quinn, gets a part in the holiday show, but Nick is amazed when he shows up at the parent meeting and finds his old high school friend is now his son’s music teacher.

Emmett James is full of passion and energy, and Nick is captivated by him. Volunteering to help with sets gives Nick the opportunity to get to know the man Emmett has become. Sparks fly, flirting ensues, and Nick wants nothing more than to see where the attraction between them goes.

With Christmas in the air, and holiday music helping them along, will Nick and Emmett find a romance that can last?

Buy link: Amazon | JMS Books

Today’s quote from the book:

“I loved my wife, and I would have stayed married to her forever. But she wasn’t my first relationship. I’d been with both guys and girls before I met her. Without you, I don’t know that I would have figured it out so easily.”

Today’s song to go with the story

Silent Night by The Temptations because Emmett sings it so beautifully for Nick over the phone and because Nick finds Emmett a huge temptation. Heh, see what I did there? 😀