Simple Gifts by LB Gregg is a sweet and sexy holiday story that totally captures the holiday spirit. I enjoyed the different array of emotions I felt as I read this book. There were several moments that I laughed out loud and a couple of times that I wanted to weep for the characters as I the story progressed. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced, griping storyline and I hated to see it come to an end.
Both of the main characters in this book are damaged in their own way. Jason was orphaned as a child and was passed from foster home to foster home. At sixteen, he met his best friend, Sunny, and literally fell at the feet of his dream man who also happened to be Sunny’s older brother Robb. Robb was everything that Jason wasn’t. Popular, smart and seemingly to have it all; Robb captivates Jason throughout his teenaged years, but to Jason’s dismay, he believes that Robb never really sees him. So, when Robb joins the military, Jason knows that his feelings for Robb will never be returned.
Now it’s ten years later and Sunny has talked Jason into going to her family’s house for the Christmas holiday. As soon as Jason and Sunny arrive, Jason immediately knows that he’s made a mistake and should have stayed home... alone. Sunny’s family is all sophistication, tradition and glamour, and being around them once again makes Jason feel like that young orphaned boy that never really fit in. To make matters worse, Robb has come home, broken and world weary, and bringing back those unrequited feelings Jason has for him all over again. But, the two damaged men find solace within each other’s company and arms, they know that even though they do have feelings for each other, neither man is ready for more than a night in each other’s arms. Will they have the strength to reach deep within their hearts and work toward healing their own tortured souls so they can be able to find their own happy ending together?
I really liked this story a lot. It’s fast paced and was quickly read and finished in one sitting. Both the characters are very likeable men. The story is told through Jason’s eyes, in first person, and even though I’m not a fan of this type of narration for romance, I loved seeing the world through Jason’s eyes. Jason is witty and often uses humor when he finds himself in awkward situations, and his eternal dialog definitely kept my interest as the novel progressed. He’s quirky and has a usual way of surrounding himself with things that he loves and has never been able to have. I won’t get into it because I don’t want to spoil the novel, but I will say I’ll never take origami at face value again.
Both men do a lot of personal growth throughout the novel, so they can be together. I personally enjoyed this happened and how they came together and had a very sweet and amazing happy ending together. Ms. Gregg is quickly becoming one of those authors that is an automatic buy for me. I enjoy her comedic moments as well as her bittersweet ones. She often keeps me on the edge of my seat from wondering what twists or turns her characters will be getting into next. My only gripe about this book is I do wish it had been longer. I would have loved to have read more about this amazing couple that quickly captured my heart and resonated within my mind, long after the book was over.
A former ward of the state, Jason Ferris is fiercely protective of his carefully guarded private life. When he's felled by a rogue lawn ornament at a Christmas party, Jason finds himself in the care of his first and most devastating love-- dark, dangerous, and equally damaged Lt. Robb Sharpe.
Newly returned from years away in the military, Robb's homecoming isn't exactly the stuff of fairytales. Now thrust together after a ten year hiatus, the Jason and Robb discover that perhaps some things are worth waiting for.