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Holidays at Nell’s: Day 13

Today’s recommendation is a lot different from yesterday’s. Where yesterday’s was lighthearted and funny, today’s book is somber and emotional.

Day 13 of Holidays at Nell’s: Something to Believe In by Sloan Parker
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When some extra cash lands best friends Sean and Gavin alone in a hotel room until Christmas, they can no longer deny their feelings for each other. Even with no place to live and no job prospects, Sean is determined to not just show Gavin what a real home and holiday is like, but to keep them off the streets for good and build a future together.

Something to Believe In was a re-read for me and I think I loved it even more this time around than when I first read it. It’s deeply emotional and I absolutely love the portrayal of two characters determined to protect each other no matter the cost. I can feel it in my heart, when I read the story. In my soul.

This is not a sweet and sappy Christmas read. This is a punch in the gut, someone reaching into my chest and tearing out my heart. I had to hide behind my e-reader and wipe away my tears so my husband wouldn’t tease me for them. Even the HEA is tinged with melancholy, which is entirely believable; you don’t go through what Sean and Gavin has gone through without coming out on the other side a little scarred.

But there is a HEA, and if you’re left wanting more when you reach “The End,” there are two flashfic stories about Sean and Gavin available on Sloan Parker’s website. Click here to read them.

Those green eyes and that smile never failed to make the reality of my life fade away. No one but him made the dark frigid nights not so long or so lonely, or made me laugh. Before him, I’d forgotten how good it felt to laugh, to feel anything.

Quote from Something to Believe In

This story is a stark reminder that many people out there don’t have a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year. So in honor of Sean and Gavin I made a donation to The Trevor Project.

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“I was home before we even got here.”

Quote from Something to Believe In
Tissues recommended!