Hayden Green is the epitome of a cheery, generous, small-town guy. He keeps himself busy in a tiny railroad town tucked in the hills of the Midwest by helping others. If he also finds himself wishing for a tall, dark, and handsome man to waltz into town and sweep him off his feet, who can blame him?
Gannon Snow closed himself off to emotions and connections a long time ago. He’ll head back to his late grandfather’s beloved holiday town, but only to sell the old man’s house and store. He has his own business to run and no time for feelings. Much to his chagrin, Gannon gets caught up in nostalgia and finds himself mesmerized by a happy little holiday helper.
Hayden and Gannon share an instant connection, but Gannon isn’t staying and Hayden isn’t keen on a broken heart. However, the universe—and maybe some holiday magic, which Gannon most definitely doesn’t believe in—has a different plan, and the men find themselves smack dab in the middle of a small-town Christmas romance.
**The Heart of St. Nick is a steamy, forced proximity, small-town M/M holiday romance with a slight age gap between a bowtie and suspender-wearing good guy and an emotionally-stunted man with a cold heart just waiting to be melted.**
This was a cute holiday romance, with some serious steam. It had an eternally happy optimist trying to convince the grumpy, guilt ridden visitor that there was really magic in the happy town of St. Nick.
Hayden lived in the town his entire life, with a small stint away for college where he learned he needed to go back to his small town in order to be happy. I really liked that Hayden was very sure of what he needed and wanted. He wasn’t afraid to speak up when Gannon was being an idiot, just as much as when he was trying to show Gannon all the joy that would come from his permanent return to St. Nick.
Gannon had so much guilt from ignoring his grandfather for so many years. It was completely understandable that at such an impressionable age he learned that the world was not a safe place for him to have feelings in. He second guessed his feelings the entire way. (His inner monologue was quite funny at times.) He couldn’t seem to get himself to believe that he could take his feelings, and make a positive relationship from it.
In the end, Joseph (and Ellen!) found a way to bring them together, unintentionally, but his actions brought Gannon home where Joseph knew he belonged. Never giving up hope that it would happen.
A feel good holiday romance, with a little forced proximity, some steamy scenes, and a letter to make you cry.
3.5 pieces of eye candy