I aso loved how non-judgemental he was about other people. I recently had the great thrill of beta-reading this little gem. I don't think I would have liked him as much if I only saw him through Sloane's eyes. My mind has a life of its own and goes back again and again to that moment. Time isn't on their side.
The characters were all engadging. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. I wish I was there too to see it. Tristan Wright has really contemporary voice that lends well to new adult storytelling. I swear, I really am.
The book is insanely slow-burn, but the sexy scene in the barn more than makes up for the built-up anticipation. But there are three or more? Micah was a total dork, sometimes he was even too dorky for me though, but Leo was lovely, I liked him a lot and I liked the connections to A Midsummer Night's Dream. Just take an original idea, plunge in and develop an interesting plot and world-building, include endearing characters and mix it all with some astonishing illustrations and voilà! And the Springfield family warmed my heart with their love and loyalty to each other. This is such a sweet coming of age story that has characters that you root for and an emotionality to sneaks up on you. If you are looking for a Christmas novella with a nice blend of romance, humor and likeable characters I think you will really enjoy Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton! He's all about gay rights and he and his friend, Helen, have a rule that they won't date straight people. More like she didn't want Leo and Micah to happen because she'd be left behind.
No, now, don't be polite and disagree with me on principle. I hope that there is a plan for Micah's audio book very soon. And why does Hank hate Sloane so much? Micah is a hipster without buying into the hype I loathe hipsters who try too hard and Hank. Hank isone of those characters that gets stuck in your mind because of his inner self. We can attribute these to his not so attentive parents, who are world class psychologist and jet setters. This was and is one of those times.
So he avoids Sloane, pushes him away. So even though his heart is saying yes, he turns Micah down. So after the first bit of me being a total wine-bag, I let the story take over. So the premise has been done before. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school's champion wrestler.
In the last 2 days, I've added 3 of her books in my favorites shelf and they aren't even full length novels. Hank owns that motherfucker now. This is exactly what I'm looking for when I read books. Regardless, 4 stars, two thumbs enthusiastically up! I had high hopes for this book since I was already half in love with Micah from , sadly, they weren't exactly met. Their collaboration is spot on, the party a rousing success, and Hank relishes in the knowledge that he and Sloane won't spend any further time together, while he secretly, shamefully, acknowledges his growing attraction to Sloane. While others find Christmas joy in reading about that winter romance hullabaloo.
I particularly didn't like Helen and Yas's side story. But Leo adheres to his Only Homo motto and shoots him down flat. It's awkward and painful, for Sloane. My reaction towards Leo and Micah's relationship was just 'meh'. One of the best wow-I-didn't-see-it-coming sex scenes I've read in a long, long time. I loved how effortless that their relationship seemed, one year later.
There's nothing really wrong with it, but if I'm being honest it didn't blow me away. It's a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas—and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Somewhere around the 40% mark that changed and I started pulling for them. The only minor complaint I have is Hank's brother, Micah. It just felt a bit fast considering it is such a slow build-up. I don't mind others reading it but I have to sift though the metric tons of gingerbread-sticky gooeyness to find tolerable reads. I don't really know what it was.
He has had quite the unconventional upbringing with both his parents being psychiatrists and them living in Paris since he was a kid. I loved the equally as wacky secondary characters, especially all of Hank's family. The philosophy major should have been a dead giveaway that there was a lot more about this boy than meets the eye! I liked Sloane and Hank a lot better here than in their own story. I finished this in one sitting. The Story Sloane and Hank are quite opposites — not only in appearance, but in personality too. So it saddens me even more to say that Midwinter Night's Dream disappointed me greatly. It's a great Christmas-themed book I'll enjoy re-reading again at the holidays.