Erryn reviews ‘Beautiful Dreamer (So This is Christmas Book 1)’ by Christina Lee. This book was released by the author on December 3, 2018, and is 153 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean. It was released on October 23, 2020, and is 3 hrs and 51 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m a huge Christina Lee fan.
Garrett Coleman spent most of his adolescence crushing on Finn Sweeney – until that Ultimate Dream Guy image got obliterated during senior year. Garrett’s since gone out of his way to avoid the sexy ginger, instead throwing his energy behind his dance career while supporting his mother through her cancer diagnosis.
Finn Sweeney used to think of Garrett as just his kid brother’s best friend, but after an intense exchange at a high school party, things got a little…weird. Despite that, when their two families decide to get together for the holidays for the first time in years, Finn can’t say no. But he’s fully prepared for this to be awkward as hell.
When Finn and Garrett lay eyes on each other for the first time in their adult lives, all bets are off. Finn is completely captivated by Garrett and getting to know the man he’s become is now his top priority. Playing catch-up with Finn makes Garrett truly see him beyond the childhood fantasy he’s held onto all these years. Finn is real and vulnerable…and hot as hell.
Garrett and Finn can’t seem to keep their hands off each other, so they decide to bury the hatchet between them for the remainder of the visit.
After all, it’s only a holiday fling. Until it becomes something more.
I have enjoyed the last few Christina Lee books I scooped up and was thrilled to get this one. Something special to put me in the holiday spirit.
Garrett has always crushed on his best friend’s older brother. Classic trope because it’s universal. I had a similar problem when I was young. Man, I thought my best friend’s older brother was so cute. It didn’t go anywhere – as it shouldn’t – but I cling to that memory of a simpler time. When Finn rescues Garrett, though, Garrett isn’t grateful. And then there was the kiss.
Years pass and the men have moved on. Garrett dances and has been dealing with his mom’s cancer diagnosis. Finn has a great job a few hours away. They’ve been living parallel lives. Until the Christmas their families decide to reunite and enjoy a joint celebration. Those parallel lines they’ve been following bend and collide. Attraction simmers just below the surface and then men have to decide if they’re going to continue to tiptoe around each other or whether they’re going to finally act on that attraction. Oh, and Garrett’s brought a ‘friend’. Uh, awkward.
I knew I was going to get a happy ending and I loved the grand gesture. I especially loved that Finn understood Garrett’s drive to dance. I loved that both families supported him unconditionally. Anyway, really enjoyed the book. And, of course, Michael Dean’s narration was spot-on and perfect. I look forward to more collaborations between the two of them.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina Lee lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.
She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.
You can find more info on her website: www.christinalee.net. From there you can link to her Facebook reader group called The Swoon Room as well as her IG account and newsletter.