In the best of times, Daniel Gardner hates visiting his family. With his boyfriend pressuring him for a mortgage-serious commitment, Christmas in Easton, PA sounds, for once, like a welcome escape. His old house holds more than memories of a miserable adolescence, though. It has Trey Eriksson.
At seventeen, Trey was taken in by the wealthy Gardner family after his father was jailed for his mother’s murder. Until he left for the Army, he fought a double-edged battle—for proof of his father’s innocence and against his attraction to Daniel.
Fifteen years later, things haven’t changed. Trey is still looking for the real killer. And Daniel has never forgotten how Trey used to sneak into his room at night.
Now new clues to the murder are resurfacing—and so is Trey and Daniel’s sexual chemistry. Except this time, Trey has come to terms with his orientation.
But their connection may not be enough to overcome the mistakes of the past. Not while a murderer still walks free…
When Daniel comes home for Christmas and to close up his mom's house the last person he thinks he'll run into is Trey - his first love. From the blurb you understand that Trey and Daniel used to play around in Daniel's bedroom at night but Trey was just too unsure of his sexuality to go too far with Daniel. Although Daniel asks Trey to go away with him and off to New York, Trey joins the army instead. Now they're standing face to face and they're not sure how they feel about each other.
Trey really treated Daniel badly when he first sees him again. I didn't like Trey all that much when I first started reading about him. He just seemed too much like a condescending bastard and I wanted him far away from Daniel. But as the book went on I saw that Trey's attitude was all show. He cared for Daniel deeply but once again wasn't sure how to handle it. Daniel appeared to be, at first, the weaker of the two men - but what I discovered was that these were two very Type A personalities butting heads. They both had their ideas about how things were done - with their lives, their sexuality, their jobs, and the investigation concerning Trey's dad - but neither of them wanted to give an inch - except in the bedroom. I was almost on edge for most of the book wondering how the hell this pair was going to find a way to be together without just having sex constantly - not that the sex wasn't smoking hot, cuz it was, but it appeared that it was the only time they could agree on anything.
What KA Mitchell did in the end was give us, in my opinion, enough to work with so that we could use that sometimes underworked thing we all possess - our imagination. We had to figure out how Trey and Daniel could be together without making it a sappy HEA. I was definitely impressed with the way she showed us how they could be happy together - without actually handing it to us on a silver platter. My kind of book.
This is my second read by Mitchell and definitely won't be my last.
Rating: 4 out of 5