Heart, heat, Christmas festivities, and two men who finally find someone they can belong to, all combine for a fabulous holiday read!
Winterbourne Series Volume #2
by Joanna Chambers
Length: 30,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Lysander Winterbourne has been living happily at Edgeley Park for the last eighteen months. By day he is Adam Freeman’s estate manager, by night, his lover…but Adam never speaks of his feelings and Lysander has no idea whether their relationship is any more than a convenient arrangement for Adam.
When the two men are invited to Winterbourne Abbey for a family Christmas, matters quickly come to a head. Snowed in at the Abbey with a house full of guests, Lysander has to face up to shocking revelations, long-held secrets and a choice he never expected to have to make…
While Mr. Winterbourne’s Christmas can technically stand on its own I really thing you need to read Intoducing Mr. Winterbourne to really enjoy the relationship between Lysander and Adam. It’s a novella but so it is a short read but makes up for it in content.
Lysander has his eyes opened to the elitist attitudes of his friends and family when he’s roped into taking Adam around town for a few days. As he’s taking a closer look at the people he’s known for years, he’s also getting a chance to get to know Adam better. Adam is also seeing below Lysander’s polished surface and finding someone he wants to get to know even better. If they can only trust each other …
The relationship between the two may have developed quickly – the entire story is one day – but it is well-written and believable. The connection between the two is portrayed very well, as is the fear of sharing their true selves. But while IMW is well-written, it is a little open-ended and leaves the reader with a few questions that are answered in MWC.
Mr. Winterbourne’s Christmas picks up a year and a half after IMW and I kinda wish we’d gotten to see those months. Chambers does a good job of conveying their connection, as well as their uncertainty of where the future is going and why they are hesitant to talk to each other about it. While Christmas with Lysander’s family doesn’t really do much to further deepen their relationship, it creates that moment of truth that main two need in order to settle in completely to their relationship. It also introduces other characters (& couples up a few of them) and lays the ground work for possible future stories.
While both MWC & IMW are sexy, they are just as much about the emotions between them. These two complement each other well, with Adam being staid & reserved and Lysander more playful & charming. But they also live in a world where they have to fear discovery and punishment, which I feel like Chambers kept in mind well as they struggled to find their way. With a satisfactory resolution here, I’m intrigued to see what Chambers has in mind next!
Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.
Backlist Ebook from Joanna Chambers
November 21 – Diverse Reader
November 23 – Mirrigold