M/M Erotic Holiday Romance from author D. River. When Troy Swenson left the army to raise his little brother, he had no idea what he was in for. Now a high school history teacher at Brentsen Academy, he finds himself drafted into running the school's Christmas Pageant. There's just one problem: He has no idea how to do that. Fate intervenes and sends him help in the formM/M Erotic Holiday Romance from author D. River. When Troy Swenson left the army to raise his little brother, he had no idea what he was in for. Now a high school history teacher at Brentsen Academy, he finds himself drafted into running the school's Christmas Pageant. There's just one problem: He has no idea how to do that. Fate intervenes and sends him help in the form of Taylor Douglas, a parent of one of his students. Taylor is a handsome, funny guy and if Troy allowed himself to think such things he'd find him very attractive. However, Troy doesn't have time for romance. He barely has time to breathe as he struggles to keep the Christmas Pageant from falling apart around him. What he doesn't realize is that Taylor is going to drag him out for fun no matter what feeble protests Troy offers. Troy finds friendship with Taylor easy. The problem for Troy then becomes, how does he keep the feelings he starts to have for Taylor in check?...
|Title||:||The Christmas Pageant|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||102 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Christmas Pageant Reviews
The Christmas PageantBy D. River5 starsYes! Not only a totally sweet Christmas time romance, but a full-on acknowledgement of bisexual reality in a world where too many people (gay and straight) pretend it’s not a real thing.Plus D. River (whom I know as Chris O’Guinn, writer of awesome YA books) also manages to break down some stereotypes (even ones I want to be true). Troy Swenson left a career in the army to take care of his much younger brother Matt when their parents were killed. He’s snagged a great job at the Brentsen Academy, as well as a place for his sibling. But Troy’s worried. Not only did he get stuck managing the Christmas pageant, but his son managed to get into a fight with another student, Tommy Douglas. As it turns out, Taylor Douglas and his son Tommy are also new to the area, and Tommy’s punishment is helping Troy on the pageant. Things begin to look more hopeful, but Taylor has a few surprises of his own, and Troy isn’t sure he can cope. This is no big drama. It’s small and intimate and gentle and surprisingly real. River gives his men complexity and his boys age-appropriate attitudes. It challenges some pre-conceived notions and offers up the kind of romance I wish Hollywood would produce.
This was a sweet holiday story that hit all the right notes without going into cheesy territory.As a single dad myself I’m a sucker for good stories featuring such characters. Here we have two single parents; Troy Swenson who left the army to raise his brother, and Taylor Douglas.The two men meet when Troy’s brother and Taylor’s son get into a fight at school. They become friends when Taylor offers to help Troy with the Christmas Pageant he’s in charge of.The relationship between Taylor and Troy builds slowly at just the exact right pace. There’s a bit of a miscommunication when Taylor tries to kiss Troy but it’s easily fixed once Troy does the adult thing and actually talks to Taylor about the situation.The supporting characters, mainly the teen boys, were realistic and I enjoyed how their relationship went from rivals to friends. The scene at the pageant is especially heartwarming.This was an enjoyable holiday tale.
I liked it, three stars.One of the main characters is an out, bi-sexual male, which in itself is a plus and refreshing, cos I've met a few bi-guys in my life time (not out-and-proud) and they always seem to end up in long term M/M relationships and give up on the bisexual tag. I think I prefer the word "Fluid".Short and sweet, domestic and parenting. Not being a parent myself, I probably couldn't appreciate it as much as the parent that recommended it to me. I prefer dogs!The writing is....fine; simplistic narrative. One episode I thought not so good, a bar scene when ex soldier boy has a flash-back, a black-out, post-traumatic-stress moment......sorry.....not good. I didn't see the point of that "moment" it added nothing to the story either before or after the said moment?Over all, nice.
4-1/2 StarsLife is full of changes and sometimes the ones that come out of nowhere can lead to the most unexpected highs. Troy discovers that when he's called in to the principle's office over a fight his little brother was involved in. D River is a new author to me and one I'll be checking out again. The Christmas Pageant is a great addition to my holiday library that brought a few tears but also plenty of smiles and heart.
Well, this book is freakin' adorable. And it had enough humor and snark to keep it perfectly balanced. I'm sold on this author's sense of humor and I'm anxious to check out his other books. These characters were so engaging, I can't wait to read more of his words.This was the perfect book to pop my 2016 Jizzmas cherry. In September.
Normally I would only give something like this three stars because it didn't necessarily blow my socks off. However, the humor is great and the pacing, for a novella, is quite good. A quick, sweet, funny, romantic Christmas read.
I love Christmas. Yes, I acknowledge the commercialism along with the stress and family annoyances, but my fictional concept of Christmas is the magical time where all good things are possible, love conquers all, and good boys get what they deserve. Yes, I’m a sucker for a Christmas love story.What I liked best about The Christmas Pageant was the witty dialog, characterization, and the humor. It was fun and sweet, but it wasn’t sappy and schmaltzy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sweetness of a good Christmas tale, but some stories pile on the saccharine and pathos until I feel manipulated rather than entertained. Thus I liked this sweet and festive tale – it had a heart, but it wasn’t a tear-jerker.The story included several supporting characters who were drawn to be more than just cardboard cutouts and had real characterization; our friends and family are often a big part of who we are and too many stories neglect to give this supporting cast real depth. The pacing was fast. The language was clever. And the overall story was sweet enough to make a nice Yuletide desert.When I’m not reading romantic stuff, I tend to epic novels, so I would have liked the romance and the story to have been stretched out a bit more. Everything was resolved properly so this isn’t a problem, but it can be fun to stretch out the pleasurable longing before you get what you want.
Family trouble brings Troy and Taylor together and as they work on the pageant the begin to form a friendship. And things move forward from there. This is a heartwarming Christmas story.