Title: Last Leap of the First-Foot
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Iain Donaldson, Bran MacRae
Sub-Genre: Historical, Holiday/Christmas, Erotic Romance
Iain Donaldson and Bran MacRae have been best friends since childhood, despite Iain being part of the gentry and Bran a mere crofter’s son. Iain’s feelings of friendship have deepened over time, and he suspects Bran might share his inclinations—and Hogmanay may be the time to confess feelings. As the old year becomes the new, Iain keeps his promise to first-foot at the MacRae cottage, and Bran takes the opportunity to bare his heart—will it be enough to overcome the challenges to their budding relationship?
I love friends to lovers stories, and this delivers. The warmth the two men share as friends was a delight to read about. The cultural and historical background of Hogmanay was fascinating and the language of the dialogue colorful and authentic. Both men have grown to love the other, but a commoner and a nobleman shouldn’t be together, let alone two men. Taking the risk to reveal one’s feelings to another is a challenge anyone can relate with.
This was an easy tale to read, with wonderful erotic tension, some humor, a bit of heartbreak, and hot sex. Who could ask for more? Recommended read.
Reviewed By: Susan