Maybe I should stop requesting Christmas books through Netgalley. I started reading Christmas at Evergreen Inn this morning and almost immediately knew it wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to give up on it, though, hoping that it might get better. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
Todd is stranded over Christmas–a snow storm has hit the town and he has nowhere to go. Too bad there was no room at the inn–at least not a public room. Laynie, the inn’s owner, offers to let Todd sleep on her couch. The two have been attracted to each other since high school, but have never acted on it before. Now, they’ve got the chance.
This book is short. At the end of chapter 1, I was already 30% through with this book. I think that’s a first for me. Because it is such a short book, things needed to get started quickly. And they do. While commiserating over Laynie’s broken engagement from the year before, they end up fooling around in her living room. They both wanted to go further, but Laynie halts things because she’s not the type of girl to have sex on the first date. Apparently, no one explained to Todd that no means no because he keeps kissing her. Even though Laynie liked it and even got off on just his kisses alone, that is not alright. The moment she took away her consent, he should have stopped, but he didn’t. What kind of message is this sending? I was not enjoying this book before I got to this point, but shady consent is a deal breaker. DNF