Patchouli For Christmas by Bren Christopher is a short holiday story with some very sweet and sexy moments with enough angst to make it a very good read. I've never read anything by this author before and I really enjoyed the easy style of writing and creative storytelling skills Bren Christopher obviously has.
Michael Cove is a very successful party planner who believes he doesn't have the time or inclination to have any kind of lasting relationship. When an influential client asks Michael to go above and beyond his duties and practically work one on one with her grandson, Jude, Michael reluctantly agrees to do it. From the short almost disastrous conversation Michael had with the grouchy and `rude Jude' he dreads having anything to do with the temperamental artist.
But, when Michael and Jude meet face to face, sparks fly, and both men are not prepared for the intense attraction between them. As they start spending time together, both Michael and Jude are suddenly swept up into the whirlwind of the possibility of having something truly special and loving between them. Will the two seemingly polar opposites take a chance on true love?
I really liked this book. Both characters are likeable, humanly flawed men that live and breathe off of the written page. I loved the opposite attracts theme and appreciated the intense physical chemistry between them. It was obvious that there is an unmistakable connection between them and I enjoyed watching them dance around each other, so both of them can try to figure out if the attraction they have for each other really will work in the end. I loved the creative and witty banter that Michael and Jude had throughout the book and the sexual chemistry they felt for one another practically sizzled, it was so hot!
This could have been a five star read for me, but because it is a short story (67 pages PDF) and it moves very fast, I wish it had been much longer because I would have really loved to watch these two characters develop a firm and truly loving partnership between them. I couldn't help but feel a little cheated at the end of the book because I thought there were things left unsaid. Otherwise, I really liked the way it ended on a very flirty and sexy way and that it ended with a bright possible future for them.
I definitely recommend Patchouli For Christmas for those who are looking for a sexy holiday read. I'm definitely going to be looking for more books written by Bren Christopher in the future and I look forward to reading more by this obviously talented and creative author.
New York City event planner Michael Cove has a business to run and no time for a relationship. Especially when all around him he sees the pain caused by the inevitable failure of those relationships. He prefers to spend his time planning celebrations for others, seeking only the occasional fling when the need for company becomes too great. But when a wealthy client demands that her grandson's dark and gloomy paintings be used to decorate her Christmas party, he visits the brooding artist in his loft and discovers an unexpected attraction to the patchouli-scented, modern day hippie.
Artist and do-gooder Jude Kendrick has his reasons for disliking Christmas, and prefers to withdraw alone to his loft for the holidays. Although he is in no mood for a visit from a party planner, he cannot deny the heat that flares between them the moment they meet.
They have nothing in common except the loneliness of the holidays. Can Michael lift the spirits of the moody Jude, and can Jude convince Michael to risk his heart?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.