I love, love, love Leta Blake, but Mr Frosty Pants exhausted me If you like angst that is unrelenting, this is for you Joel was hard to like, and I have a soft spot for a curmudgeon MC Joel was such a downer, and I get why with a dad like that, but I had to force myself to pick up the book and keep reading at times because I wanted to avoid living in that negativity I ll admit, the sex was hot Leta always brings it with the heat, and she always delivers with her virgins my fave But the I love, love, love Leta Blake, but Mr Frosty Pants exhausted me If you like angst that is unrelenting, this is for you Joel was hard to like, and I have a soft spot for a curmudgeon MC Joel was such a downer, and I get why with a dad like that, but I had to force myself to pick up the book and keep reading at times because I wanted to avoid living in that negativity I ll admit, the sex was hot Leta always brings it with the heat, and she always delivers with her virgins my fave But the sex alone didn t warm me to Joel s frosty attitude, which was tiresome rather than endearing I sometimes struggle with friends to lovers because there is already an intimacy established that the reader just has to get on board with I struggled a little bit with that here as well, as the intensity of the relationship seemed out of line with what I saw with their communication However, I was really rooting for them by the end, and though low self esteem MCs aren t my thing, I even didn t hate Joel by the epilogue While I m sure some readers will enjoy this a lot, it barely got 3 stars from me Leta Blake has much stronger stories out there Copy provided in exchange for an honest review goodreads instagram twitter blog 50%I m giving up on this since it s been dragging for days I don t really know what s wrong with it I just know that I couldn t care less about what s coming up next I feel disconnected not only from the characters but also from their story Even the angst is weak, Casey as the rich boy who feels lonely and Joel with an abusive father, which BTW didn t work for me at all In fact, the fact that his father is in a care home and still manipulating Joel s life it s kind of a joke Demanding bre 50%I m giving up on this since it s been dragging for days I don t really know what s wrong with it I just know that I couldn t care less about what s coming up next I feel disconnected not only from the characters but also from their story Even the angst is weak, Casey as the rich boy who feels lonely and Joel with an abusive father, which BTW didn t work for me at all In fact, the fact that his father is in a care home and still manipulating Joel s life it s kind of a joke Demanding breakfast Really Peace NOT a fluffy holiday romanceLet s get some things out of the way 1 Leta Blake is one of my favorite authors.2 I ve read everything she s written save a couple books she s co authored.3 I nabbed this title straight away expecting a holiday comfort read based on the cover and title alone.4 I saw the word VIRGIN in the blurb and started drooling.5 The SEX scenes were HOT there s no doubt that s what you ll get with a Leta Blake book.6 I rooted for the guys at the end.So, why the three NOT a fluffy holiday romanceLet s get some things out of the way 1 Leta Blake is one of my favorite authors.2 I ve read everything she s written save a couple books she s co authored.3 I nabbed this title straight away expecting a holiday comfort read based on the cover and title alone.4 I saw the word VIRGIN in the blurb and started drooling.5 The SEX scenes were HOT there s no doubt that s what you ll get with a Leta Blake book.6 I rooted for the guys at the end.So, why the three stars 1 This book was angsty as hell The angst didn t go away.2 There were huge amounts of elitism and homophobia from the parents of the MCs It was tiresome and was the basis for all the angst in the book.3 I didn t like the MCs until halfway into the book.4 I didn t like the fact that our rich MC feared being cut off from daddy s money Lots of people have to make their own way in the world without rich parents..suck it up.While there is a happy ending and these guys obviously love each other, the social money angle just wore me down especially when Joel the poor MC kept on bringing it up Constantly.So, if you re searching for an angsty holiday book set in Tennessee with an HEA Go for it Sorry Leta, but this is my least favorite of your books so far 2 Stars First thought after finishing the book Holy hell I m exhausted This whole book is like a gloomy, cloudy, rainy, depressing day where you re hoping that one day you ll remember what the sun looks like Do you see my excitement below before reading Do you Can you imagine how disappointed I am that this book ended up being a big bummer for me UGH It was really hard to truly like anyone in this bookwell except for Becca Joel s current best friend , she was a total scene stea 2 Stars First thought after finishing the book Holy hell I m exhausted This whole book is like a gloomy, cloudy, rainy, depressing day where you re hoping that one day you ll remember what the sun looks like Do you see my excitement below before reading Do you Can you imagine how disappointed I am that this book ended up being a big bummer for me UGH It was really hard to truly like anyone in this bookwell except for Becca Joel s current best friend , she was a total scene stealer and needs her own book STAT When you re not really connecting or caring about the main characters, it s kind of difficult to get into the romance Things just didn t match up for me with this book Joel and Casey were best friends in high school, yet sometimes it felt like they barely knew each other Even as adults, it felt like they barely dug in and really talked All substantive conversations were kind of blurted out and quickly moved on from The dialogue felt emotionless and awkward The first chapter hooked me with all of Casey s feels about returning home and finally seeing the boy he left behindbut quickly after that all the emotions evaporated I wantedInstead everything was one note and flat With the exception of a couple of scenes, these guys felt so robotic.Also, this book is wordy and longer than it needs to be I found myself bored too many times with all the unnecessary tangents and runaway thoughts Overall, a book that had all the components I love in a friends to lovers tale, but unfortunately failed to engage me Thoughts before reading It s like all my holiday wishes came true Friends to lovers, second chance friendship, all the pining, unrequited love, opposites attract, holiday setting..THIS BOOK IS RINGING ALL MY JINGLE BELLS I can t wait to read I love me a good angsty read, what I m not a fan of is angst for angst s sake like I got here I didn t really connect with the characters, IDK there was just something missing with this one. Sexy and sweet Christmas romance It s a treat to get a full length holiday novel, and Leta Blake delivers the feels and two compelling young men who get a second chance at love I edited this book. 3.5 Stars My first holiday read of the season You can t go wrong with Leta Blake And while I can t say I loved this one, it was good And I liked it It was a bit less angsty then we normally get from LB But it is a holiday read sooooo I guess that makes sense It was maybe a bit too sweet and lovey dovey at times But overall, likable characters and story and I m glad to see this will be a series. Frosty former friends get a steamy second chance in this Christmas gay romance Can true love warm his frozen heart When Casey Stevens went away to college four years ago, he ghosted on his straight best friend, Joel Vreeland He hoped time and distance would lessen the unrequited affection he felt, but all it did was make him miss Joel Home for the holidays, Casey hopes they might find a way to be friends again But Joel s frosty reception reminds Casey of just how hard he had to fight to be Joel s friend in the first place It s going to take a Christmas miracle to get past that cool fa ade again Joel isn t as straight as Casey believes, and his years of pining for Casey have left him hurting and alone, caring for his abusive father and struggling to get by Unable to trust anyone except his rescue dog and with no reason to believe Casey is interested in him for than a holiday fling Joel s icy heart might shatter before it can thaw Can Casey and Joel s love overcome mistrust, parental rejection, class differences, and four long years apart Mr Frosty Pants is a stand alone, Christmas gay romance by Leta Blake featuring a virgin hero, childhood friends to lovers, second chance romance, and romantically steamy scenes I waffled a bit on this one I enjoyed it but then again, it wasn t my favorite.I love a good second chance story.I love first love stories.And yet I was distracted at times I liked the guys I was happy for them But at the end, I was just feelingokay about it Certainly not bad by any means but nothing I wish to ramble and rave about Maybe it s simply a MNY book 3 3.5 stars This was a great Christmas book Just what I need to get in the the spirit Not to fluffy or sweet, just right This was a great Christmas book Just what I need to get in the the spirit Not to fluffy or sweet, just right