Giving Thanks by Maura Anderson

Aspen Mountain Press

M/M Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60168-151-5

Reviewed by Cassie



EMT Troy is relieved to finish a double shift and spend a couple of days with his lover, Derek.  When he gets home, however, he finds Derek home from work at his family’s restaurant unexpectedly early.  He knows something must be wrong.

Derek has always feared losing the love and respect of his family, so he’s hidden his relationship with Troy.  When he finally tells his father he’s gay, his father fires him from the family restaurant and disowns him.  Sad but grateful to not have to hide his love for Troy any longer, Derek plans a quiet Thanksgiving dinner for the two of them.  Things won’t turn out quite the way he planned, however…

Giving Thanks is a sweet story of love, family, and what’s important in life.  Protective, caring Troy is a great character.  I couldn’t help but love Derek as well.  Their relationship is strong, sweet, and, of course, hot.  Secondary characters—Derek’s family members—are a good addition to the story.  If you like love stories about families and holidays, as I do, you’re sure to enjoy Giving Thanks. 


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