Carol of the Bellskis by Astrid Amara

Loose Id

Contemporary M/M

ISBN: 978-1-60737-527-2

Reviewed by Shayna



Paralegal Seth Bellski is tired of being his bossís secret boyfriend.  He may love Lars Varga, and his love may be returned, but Larsís fears over what the other attorneys at his firm will think of him keeps him deep in the closet and itís tearing him and Seth apart.  When Lars calls off their plans to visit Sethís aunt and uncleís kosher B&B for Hanukkah, itís the last straw for Seth.  He breaks things off with Lars and drives up to Canada on his own.  What he doesnít expect is the madness that awaits him.  His aunt and uncle are missing and he has a B&B full of guests to deal with.  Itís one disaster after another, and to make matters worse, Lars shows up, practically begging Seth to take him back.  Lars will do just about anything to gain Sethís forgiveness, including help run the B&B.  Seth has never doubted his love for Lars, but even if the pair makes it through Hanukkah in one piece, will they be able to figure out a way to make their relationship work?  Or will Larsís reluctance to come out spell disaster for their rekindled romance?

Astrid Amara masterfully blends tenderness, forgiveness, humor, and chaos in this fantastic Hanukkah romance.  Whatís different about Carol of the Bellskis is that Seth and Lars have no problem recognizing their feelings for one another.  The true obstacle in their relationship is Larsís willingness to let the rest of the world know he and Seth are a couple.  Itís understandable why love just isnít enough for Seth and I respected him for knowing that he deserves to be more than a secret.  However, though heís made mistakes, Lars is a truly wonderful hero.  Heís sweet, generous, brilliant, and devastatingly sexy.  Itís a hard combination to resist.  I could not stop reading Carol of the Bellskis because I wanted to see him take that extra step, to be able to confront his fears for the sake of living the life he could have with Seth.

Lars and Sethís adventures running the B&B add a dash of energetic mayhem to Carol of the Bellskis, which was fun in and of itself.  I had to respect both heroes for their patience in dealing with each new thing that was thrown their way.  Overall Iíd have to say I absolutely loved Carol of the Bellskis.  It has everything I want in a tale I can escape with for a few hours: love, passion, endearing heroes, and an utterly perfect happily ever after.  Joyfully Recommended!


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