Book: Angel Voices
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: November 28, 2016
Length: 56 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
One frigid winter night a week before Christmas, college student Will stumbles into a church during choir practice, bruised by his own father’s hands. He’s out of the closet now—there’s no going back since his fundamentalist father learned the truth—but he’s also out of a home, a family, and a future. Will has nowhere to turn. No one to care.
Except . . . Will’s roommate, Quinn, cares. Maybe too much. He’s been attracted to Will since they moved in together, but never dreamed his crush was gay. With Will’s life in pieces, Quinn doesn’t want to push. He also knows he has more experience than Will, who’s never even been kissed.
Then Will’s father makes a reappearance, and Will has to learn to trust his heart more than the voices of his past. But it’s the season of miracles, faith, and hope, and Quinn is determined to teach Will how to love and be loved.
Although the story starts on a down note it quickly turned to a heartwarming story of two college roommates who turn into more over a horrible event. Will has been beaten and thrown out at Christmas time when his religious Dad finds out he’s gay. Wondering what he's going to do now since he has no money and his scholarship, that gives him his dorm, will most likely be taken away; he finds a warm place to hide. Finding shelter in that church not only gave him a place to rest but also brought him right to Quinn, his college roommate.
Through it all Quinn is there showing Will that family is good and he is not alone. Although the story is short and starts off in a bad place for Will it is a sweet uplifting Christmas story that will warm your heart. As with all shorter stories the pace is fast and we find these two quickly moving from just roommates to more. The more is partially fueled by the hurt/comfort relationship they were thrown in and a simple attraction that never found its way past the wall that was built around Will.
This could’ve been a lot more angsty of a story given the chance because of Will’s crappy family but as a Christmas short story I am glad that the author toned that part down. The kisses and heat between these two were a perfect mix of hot and innocent. I loved Quinn’s family even if the way they spoke was slightly confusing at times but that comes with the diverse family history they have.
If you are looking for a short, sweet, and loving Christmas story this is one is for you.
About Rowan Speedwell
An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . . Hmm. Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math. She is good at pretending, though.
In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry. She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.
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