Book Review: WINTER WONDERLAND by Heidi Cullinan #MMromance

Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas, #3)Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This sweet and sexy, feel-good, holiday M/M romance takes place in the small town of Logan, MN, where Paul, thirty-eight, is the only guy in his group of friends who is still single. Paul thinks the only other gay man is town, Kyle, twenty-five, is too young for him. Furthermore, Kyle’s affectations portray him as an effeminate twink, nothing at all like Paul’s type.

Kyle, however, has had a crush on Paul ever since Paul rescued him from bullies when Kyle was in high school. He’s been trying to get Paul’s attention by sexting him anonymously on Grindr and playing secret admirer by leaving manparts-shaped snow sculptures on Paul’s porch. When Paul catches Kyle one night making a new sculpture, Kyle changes tactics, recruiting Paul’s friends and the matchmaking aunt who had helped set up Paul’s friends with their respective boyfriends in the previous books in the series.

Both men have some growing up to do. Kyle has to show Paul that he’s not only a man but his equal, while Paul has to overcome the hurt and pain holding him back from committing to a good and healthy relationship. As Paul begins to see Kyle for who he really is, his attraction for Kyle grows. Kyle gives Paul everything he could want in bed, and them some, and the sex between them is so good. But in order for Kyle to win Paul’s heart completely, he has to figure out what Paul’s heart truly desires.

Kyle was such a kind and compassionate person. He’s a nurse, a natural caretaker, which makes him Paul’s perfect match, because Paul really needed someone to take care of him and provide unconditional love. Kyle was dominant and aggressive, as well as tender and sweet. I liked how Kyle gained insight and maturity to see the real Paul and not who he wanted Paul to be. Although the novel had a humorous opening, it was very emotional at times. I even cried when Kyle was crying because he didn’t know how to help Paul when Paul was hurting. It was so awful how Paul’s family treated him.

The ending seemed abrupt and unfinished, and their problems weren’t all resolved, but like in real life more often than not villains are incapable of compassion and change.

WINTER WONDERLAND is a quick and easy, feel-good, holiday read. I enjoyed Kyle and Paul’s love story. They were an adorable, sweet and sexy, passionate and romantic couple.

*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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