24 Apr '13
#LGBT Event :A Vicky MM Review – Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Katie Porter (5 Stars)
Born to old Virginia money, film producer Kyle Wakefield’s conservative upbringing kept him in the closet. Only once did he venture outside: for a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. When Nathan’s self-destructive streak landed him in prison, Kyle slammed the door on youthful hopes. Despite Hollywood successes, he still hides his true self.
He thought he’d moved on, until his production company hires Nathan and his Second Chances stunt crew to work on the London set of a big-budget action flick. Watching Nathan risk life and limb with fellow ex-cons looking for a fresh start makes it tough for Kyle to keep his desires hidden.
Thirteen years have passed since Nathan’s teenage self-doubt led him to sabotage any chance of a future with Kyle. He’s come a long way since then, but despite their explosive sexual chemistry, Kyle treats their attraction like a deep dark secret.
Their matched Hollywood ambitions and a pain-in-the-ass director make cooperation essential. As the London holiday season casts its spell, the two men find themselves on the verge of falling in love again—even as old secrets and pain keep them shackled. The only hope of unlocking their hearts is a Christmas miracle.
Warning: This book features a snowy London Christmas, sex on a pool table, a hot-and-dirty gay nightclub, and naughty references to candy canes.
This book is seriously hot but the romance that is developing shines through the sex (not that I’m complaining, my god the sex scenes are HOT!! *fans self*) It’s such a complicated love story with so much painful history between Nate and Kyle. Half the time I was thinking, for god’s sake just tell each other how you feel so you can be together and happy but the way their story played out was fantastically written and kept me hooked from page 1.
I could understand how Nate felt; no one wants to be someone else’s secret and that will make you doubt who you are and what is real. But Kyle, bless him, had had it tough as well – the constant fear and pressure to be what he wasn’t can’t be good and can easily destroy you. I loved the closeness of these two when they let their walls down, no matter how briefly. The scene under the stage- WOW!!! Probably my favourite of the book and the build up in the club was great too – think mainly as they weren’t hiding who they were.
I don’t read many books set in the UK but it was the perfect setting for this story as it does have a sort of magic to it at Christmas.
A beautifully passionate story about pain and trust and what life is like without it – either in yourself or others, and how to find happiness in being who you are rather than who others want you to be. I think everyone should give this a try.
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