He’s in it to win it
Until he falls under his neighbor’s spell.
Bram Larkspur’s rugged, sexy looks belie his fear of all things horrifying. But as Casper Road’s newest resident, he’s excited to join the annual Halloween decorating contest. The competition is keen, especially from six-time champion, architect Zachary Glass. But when enigmatic Zachary sparks a prank war, it’s game on—until one sizzling kiss turns these rivals into allies. Now only one thing scares Bram: how quickly he’s losing his heart to Zachary.
From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.
Book 1: Better Than People
Book 2: Best Laid Plans
Book 3: The Lights on Knockbridge Lane
Book 4: The Rivals of Casper Road
Is it because they are Harlequin romances? Which, for the record, makes me SO happy that probably the biggest romance publisher is starting to release gay romances. And if you had never read Roan Parrish BEFORE Harlequin put out these four books, you don’t know that they are way more sweet and cute than her norm.
As such, I need to erase from my brain all other RP books and focus on only this one.
This was like a Hallmark Christmas movie mashed up with the Great Christmas Light Fight (yes, that is a real tv show) and set it during Halloween. It has all the ingredients. New guy in town. Slightly odd neighbor who works from home but takes his Halloween decorations VERY seriously. Quirky neighbors. Small town. Check, check and double check. And because this is book 4, we revisit characters and couples from the previous 3 books.
Both Bram and Zachary have sad backstories. Bram’s involves an ex boyfriend and an ex best friend while Zachary’s is about family. And while both of those back stories shape who they men are today and are referenced, the story doesn’t dwell. I will say I was hoping Zachary was going to get some closure.
It’s hard to say why Bram was drawn to the prickly Zachary, but it works. Bram definitely softens Zachary’s edges a bit without trying to change him. Zachary will never change Bram’s mind about horror movies though!
This was a sweet romance with a Halloween backdrop. Fairly predictable but still a nice read.
3.5 pieces of eye candy