Published By: Kari Gregg
Published: Nov 29, 2012
Word Count: 24,123
At least he isn’t pregnant.
Seth Murphy campaigned for Maryland’s Question Six, wildly celebrating the Election Day victory for marriage equality. Divorce attorney and live-in boyfriend Owen, however, believes just as passionately that the gay community should focus on a plurality of equal rights protections instead of allocating so many resources and man-hours to one hot button issue.
Owen won’t marry Seth.
Relationship deteriorating, the couple visits the Murphy farm outside Brunswick for Christmas. Seth’s family never considered that Seth and Owen wouldn’t be first in line for a marriage license as soon as same-sex marriage passed. When they find out there won’t be a wedding, their season of miracles is invaded by pornographic gingerbread cookies, frowning church ladies, and a determined father with a tactical assault shotgun.
Neither Seth, Owen, nor their love may survive the family holiday circus to say, “I don’t.”
I enjoyed these guys a lot and found the story laced with enough quirky humor (porno gingerbread men anyone?) to keep it from being sad or discouraging. Joyfully Jay
A lot of things happen in this story, some of them hilarious, some tender, some hot, but all lead to one inescapable conclusion: Marriage, and the respect for it, is important to so many people…The story is sweet, told from Seth’s perspective, and unfolds nicely. Thank you Ms. Gregg for a sweet (and well told) story. Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books
With characters I could easily read more about, a plot that is memorable, and a story that is truthful and funny, I think reading this story may become one of my Christmas traditions. Top 2 Bottom Reviews
…if you like characters with flaws and quirks to match those of the real people you know, and if you’re looking for a story about the meaning of love and commitment in a Christmas-time setting, you will probably love this short book as much as I did. Rainbow Book Reviews
Seth narrates the story, and he is charming. He has moments of real humor, and I smiled a lot reading his narration. Seth, because we’re in his head the entire time, is a breathing, hurting character who is easy to empathize with. He isn’t comprised of hurt and relationship agony, either. There are moments that he smiles and laughs, even though he’s worried about his relationship, and hurting constantly that Owen and he might be breaking up…the question of “what happens when marriage is an option when it hadn’t been before” became a conflict between Seth and Owen that was layered and thought provoking. Smart Bitches Trashy Books
Amazon Gay & Lesbian Bestseller
ARe Category Bestseller — Romantic Comedy