A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology
AN ANGEL IN EYELINER
by HUNTER FROST
All Mitch wants for Christmas is a quiet holiday free from grief. Patching up the face of the target of a mugging in the back alley of his bar seems to throw that wish right out into the cold Chicago night. But the tatted, pierced, and skinny-jean wearing Keller Graham is fearless and proves to be more than a pair of icy blue eyes lined in black. Keller may be a thief, but Mitch never expected him to steal his lonely heart.
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ABOUT BOUGHS OF EVERGREEN
Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.
Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sweet and poignant but full of hope. Keller has grown up rough and yet he's open and chooses to see the brighter side of things. Mitch has lost everything he loves but he manages to keep Christmas a time of hope and joy.
Story consist of pages 5-27. Took five minutes to read. Cute story, but not worth .99. Save your money.
Short and Sweet M/M Holiday Novelette ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Looks to be a plaster or marble angel statue. Title font in script stands out nicely. Blocky red letter is hard to read, the smaller text at the bottom is nearly lost. The author's name caught my attention on this one first. Synopsis is interesting enough. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. Super short, M/M holiday novelette about a discharged army medic turned bar owner and a homeless man who's discovered being beaten in the alley behind the bar. Mitch comes to Keller's rescue and finds himself immediately drawn to the other man. Keller, despite his situation, brings a warmth and light to Mitch that is desperately needed. With the length of the story being so short, it is nearly impossible to obtain any true depth of character or plot, but Ms. Frost does an adequate enough job to give the reader a pretty good feel for the men. There are really no other noteworthy cast members in the story that are current and present. The chemistry between the men is magnetic, yet subtle enough. Dialogue and interaction are good. The plot is short and fairly simple. The sexual content is hinted at and implied, very little in the way of explicit detail. There was no real conflicts to overcome other than Mitch's own Ghost of Christmas Past, so to speak. No predictability or surprises worth mentioning. The conclusion is abrupt, leaving an implied HEA with no real ending, but this WAS a novelette which was part of an anthology as most likely under a word-count restriction. Overall, super short and sweet. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: [PG-13+] ~ Score: 3.95 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
An Angel in Eyeliner is a very sweet story about two lost souls meeting on Christmas Eve. Mitch is a former military man whose lover died in combat. All he has left is his bar. Christmas is his favorite time of year because he allows himself to forget everything that’s bad and focus on the season. Keller is barely getting by. Practically living on the street he takes one day at a time, savoring any scape of happiness he gets. These two meet after Keller is attacked behind Mitch’s bar. Mitch takes him in to clean up his wounds, but he instantly wants nothing more than protect the angel before him wearing eyeliner. The characters are endearing and the budding relationship is appealing. The only drawback with the story is its length. The author really has a strong foundation for some interesting characters but the length leaves her no time to properly develop it. As a reader, I liked Mitch and Keller, but I didn’t connect with either one. Overall, the story was engaging and satisfying. I do hope the author considers expanding on the story into a full length novel. I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.