Title: Blame It On The Mistletoe
Author: Eli Easton
Characters: Mick Colman, Fielding Monroe
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Coming out, Erotic romance
A Christmas novella
When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.
It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn’t understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.
Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.
We get the story from Mick’s point of view alone. The brilliant Fielding is the mystery factor, all but undecipherable. Mick is straight but bored. He has a reputation as a womanizer and as the best kisser on campus. Suddenly the inexperienced Fielding wants to learn the art of kissing from Mick. And surprisingly Mick is finding it hard to refuse.
The blurb suggests we get two points of view, which we don’t. But that’s fine. The story’s told with realistic dialogue and growing emotions that can’t be ignored. A single snowball fight leads to inevitable discoveries.
I liked both characters, even though at times Mick could be a bit insensitive. Fielding is a superb and loveable character, naïve yet smart, defiant yet insecure, a cute geek who puts his foot down but who doesn’t know what he is yet. Mick’s slow transformation from a friend to a lover is shown through inner discoveries, retaining the realistic touch throughout.
The plot twists can be seen coming around the corner but that’s okay too, and the pace is swift yet serenely perfect for an Xmas story. The writing is engaging and humorous, and I read this in one sitting. An absolutely wonderful holiday tale, with a hopeful message of love not knowing boundaries or needing strict labels. Highly recommended.
Reviewed By: Susan