Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full of self-pity he can’t even be decent to the one family member he’s still speaking to. He heads for Florida, where he’s got a month to pull his head out of his ass before he ruins his little sister’s Christmas.
Harold Justice Lombard the Fifth is at his own crossroads—he can keep being Hal, massage therapist in training, flamboyant and irrepressible to the bones, or he can let his parents rule his life. Hal takes one look at Pierce and decides they’re fellow unicorns out to make the world a better place. Pierce can’t reject Hal’s overtures of friendship, in spite of his misgivings about being too old and too pissed off to make a good friend.
As they experience everything from existential Looney Tunes to eternal trips to Target, Pierce becomes more dependent on Hal’s optimism to get him through the day. When Hal starts getting him through the nights too, Pierce must look inside for the knight he used to be—before Christmas becomes a doomsday deadline of heartbreak instead of a celebration of love.
Regret Me Not by Amy Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I always love Amy Lane's sweet stories, with love and a guaranteed happily ever after.
Hal and Pierce met in a very unpleasant situation for Pierce, well after his accident, failed marriage, and currently no job. Hal didn't have a great situation too, ditched by his parents from coming home for Christmas because, gay. Gay son is bad for business.
This is a healing comfort romance, no real twist and angst, sweet but would not giving you diabetes,don't worry. It's just a right portion.
Of course, there's an Amy Lane's magical touch, that insta-love feels like, not an insta-love.
I liked how Hal, being much younger than Pierce he is, doesn't fall for the young and submissive type. He's bossy, demanding, and hard when it comes to Pierce's therapy. Pierce seemed enjoying being bossing around by Hal.
They're a match made in heaven.
"“You’re beautiful,”Pierce said, embarrassed. “You…I was so embarrassed, that first day, because you were so pretty—so beautiful, and you were talking to me, and I was at my worst in my entire life. I couldn’t even see your eyes then. And your eyes are beautiful. And your mouth is beautiful. I don’t know how you could have been anything but beautiful in high school. I…I just don’t understand.”"
This book has easily become one of my favorite Amy's holiday story, and definitely a re-reading material.
HEA guaranteed :) Because, hey...it's Christmas!
And Hal got what his dream Christmas gift he'd been dreaming of since he's twelve from Pierce, and Pierce promised himself he'll get Hal 'that gift' every year, forever. Sigh.
Love, love, love, love. I'm such a hopeless romantic, and I don't care!
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