Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What Child is This?

Title: What Child is This?
Author: Z. A. Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-907-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

It’s taken a bit of planning but Michael finally manages to finagle a weekend alone for him and Tristan at Christmas time. They’ve both been working hard at their respective careers and a little away time from the pressure of the jobs they love will do them both good, giving them a chance to reconnect and strengthen their already tight bond. It might even give them some time to talk about what they want for their future together.

The weekend gets totally derailed with a single phone call from the Apple House, telling Michael that three of the young homeless teens living at the LGBT house have gone missing. When one of the three asks the question of what would happen if they found an abandoned baby and didn’t report it to the police, Michael and Tristan don’t have any choice but to head home to straighten things out.

What Child is This? is a holiday sequel to Crossing Borders and while it would be helpful to have read the initial release where Michael and Tristan fell in love, this book can be read as a standalone without a problem.

I loved seeing Michael and Tristan a little farther along in their life together and that their love for each other is just as rock solid as before, but the story is so much more. It’s really two short Christmas novellas interwoven together with the Apple House and the abandoned child at the center. On the other side is the story of two young men, Prim and Jack, on the cusp of realizing their feeling for one another and their struggle to do what they think is right for the baby they find. On the surface, you wouldn’t think these two different storylines would work together, but never fear, with Ms. Maxfield’s creative talent, they mesh into a story that not only makes sense but pulls convincingly at your heartstrings. It doesn’t have a typical Christmas fairy tale ending but it is a satisfying and enjoyable holiday read, nonetheless. Enjoy.

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