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As good as a mug of hot chocolate on a frigid winter's day
on 1 April 2008
Normally, Brockmann's books are like a Cox apple, crisp and tart with a bit of sweetness on the edges. It works for the other books, what with their frenetic plot pace, and standout characters, with a dollop of humour. This book isn't in that vein - it's an exploration of what comes after the 'happily ever after', the 'fade to black' as you will. The story is really sweet and frothy, like good a good chocolate drink.
So, this book the culmination of Robin Chadwick and Jules Cassidy's love story, which started as an attraction in Hot Target, only to be confirmed and acted on in Force of Nature. All through the Night finds Robin and Jules ready to take that next step - marriage. Robin and Jules now live in Boston, due to Robin's work commitments (and the fact that after his coming out of the closet, he's gone from A-list to doing gigs for Cable TV, sad but true). Robin and Jules decide to get married - and the book is a rollicking romp towards that big day. Of course, the path of true love doesn't run smooth, what with a stalker, an ex lover and a reporter too smart for his own good on the loose.
This book is a celebration: of Christmas, of love in all its forms: heterosexual, homosexual, familial and filial. You'll like this book if you really, really, really like the characters of Robin Chadwick and Jules Cassidy. Robin, bless him, is funny, open and has a heart as big as the outdoors, whereas Jules tends to be much more guarded, and its interesting to see how both of them make that dynamic work in their favour.
You'll also like the book if you really dig the Jules and Sam dynamic/friendship. Sam really comes up trumps here, as a friend to Jules and Robin, despite his misgivings towards the latter character.
It's a book to read if you really want a dollop of sweetness - and you don't mind that the main relationship is based around two men (but there's a secondary male/female romance) and their relationships with their friends.
This writer for one, expected the book to be 'worthy' due to its reason for being written and all. But there's no message to beat you around the head and shoulders, so enjoy the sticky sweetness of it all, knowing that you've made a grand contribution to a worthy cause. As for me, I'm just glad that Robin and Jules have their happy ending. At freaking last.