July 29, 2016 by kitmoss
REVIEW: SIMON AND THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Victorian Holiday Hearts Book 1
by Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee
A Christmas trifle from Devon/Dee.
The holiday spirit has forsaken Simon Harris. A recent reminder of the man who used then left him sends lonely Simon on a glum visit to his club to while away a few hours. A breath of fresh air in the form of Christopher Andrews is about to enter his stale life.
Performer of many talents and faces, Christopher gained entrée into the club to win money at cards. Unfortunately, he’s losing. But the evening needn’t be a complete disappointment as he strikes up a friendship with a gentleman which ends in a bedroom.
Simon and Christopher enjoy a few hours of pleasure together, never expecting to see each other again, but Simon’s newfound resolution to change might just transform both their holidays.
A short story, which includes a brief excerpt. Simon and Christopher’s future will appear in our next short: Will and the Valentine Saint.
REVIEW by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
Funny, I believe I read this excerpt mentioned above in MIKE AND THE SPRING AWAKENING which felt very different from this in the book about Will. Nevertheless I’m enjoying all of them and can’t wait for more. They are short stories that have all the elements of a good Victorian MM romance. If only Victorian MMs had all this opportunity for love.
The story starts out with Simon who is reeling from being dumped by his lover, a man of his own class, spending the evening at his club planning to bore himself out of his malaise. He notices an unusual fellow sitting at one of the gaming tables and having a rye time of it. He happens to know that one of the other players is a notorious sheet, and he finds Will, one of the waiters, and gets him to take a note to the fellow to warn him. The introduction having been made, the man, Christopher, and Simon wind up taking one of the clubs rooms for the night. In Uranian fashion the two men from two different social classes prove to be a revelation to each. Christopher is not a serious sort of fellow. In fact his representation on the cover seems entirely this type. But if you can ignore that, and I am sure you can, you will quickly learn that Christopher likes to play characters in drag and he generally enjoys doing children’s performances and otherwise having a grand old time. Simon is more than handy in that his wish to get away from members of his own cast, leads him to look to the refreshing Christopher to fill his life and his bed.