Book Title: I Don’t: A Christmas Wish
Author: Kari Gregg
Publisher: Kari Gregg
Category: Holiday, Contemporary M/M Romance
Main Characters: Owen/Seth
Author’s Website: http://www.KariGregg.com
Source: Personal purchased copy, ebook.
Rating: 4 FULL MOONS
At least he isn’t pregnant.
Seth Murphy campaigned for Maryland’s Question Six, wildly celebrating the Election Day victory for marriage equality. Divorce attorney and live-in boyfriend Owen, however, believes just as passionately that the gay community should focus on a plurality of equal rights protections instead of allocating so many resources and man-hours to one hot button issue.
Owen won’t marry Seth.
Relationship deteriorating, the couple visits the Murphy farm outside Brunswick for Christmas. Seth’s family never considered that Seth and Owen wouldn’t be first in line for a marriage license as soon as same-sex marriage passed. When they find out there won’t be a wedding, their season of miracles is invaded by pornographic gingerbread cookies, frowning church ladies, and a determined father with a tactical assault shotgun.
Neither Seth, Owen, nor their love may survive the family holiday circus to say, “I don’t.”
I was surprised at how much I liked this book and loved the characters, considering there were two pretty hardcore pet peeves of mine involved: political romance and one partner whining about wanting to get married all the time.
Somehow, both worked in this story. Probably because of the characters and the sense of humor in Ms. Gregg’s writing. Seth and Owen are characters anyone can relate two, struggling with topics every couple deal with — only these questions have only recently become relevant for them in particular thanks to marriage equality finally becoming a reality in their home state. I felt for them… fighting for basic civil rights, and the gaining of them driving a sudden wedge in a previously strong couple. There was never a question before, because the question was moot. But now?
The family could get to be a little much at times, I mean jeesh, relax already! But they were also amusing and well-intentioned (heh, porno gingerbread). Of course there had to be one hardcore homophobe, but why nobody just tossed her and her annoying, hateful husband out on their asses is beyond me. But I digress.
The story is both heart-wrenching and funny, poignant and quirky, and it’s going on my “read it again next holiday” list for sure.
OOOOO – Five Full Moons: OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK GO GET IT RIGHT NOW!
OOOO – Four Full Moons: I REALLY liked this. Well worth reading, and possibly re-reading!
OOO – Three Full Moons: Good! Worth a read.
OO – Two Full Moons: Not really to my taste, but not terrible.
O – One Full Moon: Has serious flaws that make it difficult to read and review fairly.
I also use half-moons as necessary. I should make it clear that I do review books on a number of levels, emotional and structural being the major ones. I might read a book with serious grammar and spelling flaws, but it could still win my heart due to characterization or story. Or a perfectly structured novel might leave me feeling nothing, and won’t get a great review. I DO always try to find something positive to say about a book, or I won’t say anything much at all. I DO NOT engage in mean-spirited snark, although I do give constructive criticism. As a writer, I can’t stand the former, and always appreciate the latter, even if it’s “negative.”
Hope this makes sense. Any questions, comments, or vague misgivings are welcome in the comments!