Another charming installement in this wonderful Christmas series. Arthur has ended a long term relationship that was built on friendship not love. Despite that he is still feeling the loss. His mother pushes him to start working on a local fund raising campaign for the town library. Arthur wants nothing to do with it and he especially wants nothing to do with the cranky librarian that he has to work with. Telling his mother "no" is never an option for Arthur so before he knows it he is in neck deep. As the only town librarian Gabriel also has no option in being involved. He's horrified though that he has to deal with Arthur. He knows Arthur's type and he can't stand them. Despite their dislike of each other there is an attraction that neither can deny and the magic of the holidays can not be under estimated.
This was a delightful story about how sometimes you find love when you least expect it and where you least expect it. Both of the main characters went into their working relationship with set expectations but they quickly find out that all the things they thought they knew were wrong. Watching them become more self aware was interesting and it was especially touching as Arthur starts to see a side of Gabriel he didn't know existed. You can actually feel as he starts to fall in love with these sides of Gabriel.
This was a well written, fun, sexy and romantic holiday story. The Christmas atmosphere is great and you feel like you're right in the middle of the holdiay yourself. This book is the second in a series but works just fine as a stand alone.
The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.
Minnesota Christmas, Book 2
Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.
It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.
As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.