Title: Patchouli for Christmas, Book 2: The Perfect Moment
Author: Bren Christopher
Publisher: Loose Id.
Characters: Jude, Michael
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday
New York City event planner Michael Cove has been dating temperamental artist Jude Kendrick for two years. Convinced their relationship is going well, he’s not inclined to rock the boat.
Jude wants more. For a long time, the holidays held only memories of loss and grief. Now he has one bright spot in Michael. But Jude’s career is taking off and Michael works every evening. Late nights and early mornings are not enough. He needs Michael to be there for him, and he wants to be there for Michael. If Michael moves in with him, they can make the most of the time they have together. But Michael is certain that Jude will soon tire of him and refuses to take that risk.
When Jude’s old flame reappears, all bets are off. Faced with unexpected competition, Michael’s doubts come boiling to the surface. Now Michael must make a life-changing decision, and learn his own heart in the process. Status quo is no longer an option. Can Michael overcome his fears and give Jude a perfect Christmas memory, or will he lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him?
Michael and Jude make a great couple, and I liked Michael despite his insecurities – or perhaps because of them. Jude is settled and confident enough with their relationship to take it to the next level. But frightened that Jude will find someone ‘better’, Michael has danced around this issue for a while.
When jealousy rears its ugly head in the form of an old flame, Michael finds himself torn between worrying he may lose Jude, and staking his claim. When he says he’ll move in, it’s for all the wrong reasons, and they have a huge fight.
Michael goes back to Jude, and realizes what it is he needs. So he sets up a party where he finds the ‘perfect moment’ to…but you need to read the book to find out.
There is also a little side romance with lovely Tim and stinker Steve, and there’s a doughty grandmother who likes to play matchmaker.
I recommend this to anyone who likes a sexy couple, insecurities and angst, interfering grandmothers and a HEA
Reviewed By: Pammyla