Dana reviews Where the Lovelight Gleams by Keira Andrews (Published by Loose Id, December 2, 2013, 74 pages)
Blurb: This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it’ll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan’s invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.
Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires, and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?
My thoughts: I always love a good holiday story, especially Christmas ones because of those warm family moments and those warm sexy moments that can happen between a couple. This particular holiday story incorporates two of my favorite themes that run through m/m romance. It is a friends to lovers story as well as a gay for you story. So it was just about everything I could ask for in a holiday romance.
Cary and Ryan are acting in a sci-fi show where they are not only two males falling in love on screen, but two different beings altogether, as in not from the same planet. It is a fun idea and I wish it could be a real show on TV. Ryan is out and proud and the same sex romance isn’t unsettling to him except for his very real crush on Cary. Cary’s dad and grandfather were/are actors of the macho variety and his role choice doesn’t make the family happy, But he is determined to stay with the show and not crack under the pressure. When the show wraps for Christmas, Cary decides to not visit family or his girlfriend and stays with Ryan and his family for the holiday and that’s when the real fun begins.
It’s pretty clear right away that Cary is attracted to Ryan too, but doesn’t know how to handle these feelings he doesn’t think he should feel. Sharing the same room and participating in the family activities creates an even closer bond between the two and it isn’t long before they express their feelings for each other, but it’s not a happily ever after that easy. There are issues to work out especially with Cary’s family but their is most definitely a happy ending. The story is on the short side, and I wished it could be a little bit longer, I always want to know more about the characters and their future. However, it was well edited and there were great family moments and a sweet romance with some hot warm up sessions for the Cary and Ryan. I definitely recommend it for a feel good winter/holiday read.
8.5/10 pots of gold
About the author: After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and–although she loves delicious angst along the way–Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”