The Holiday Boyfriend (Doves of Destiny Book 2) by Rye Cox

The Holiday Boyfriend is a winter holiday romance!

From the blurb:

Can love develop from a situationship? Asking for a friend.

Austin Wood
There is nothing worse than being in love with your best friend. Scratch that. There is nothing worse
than living with your best friend whom you are madly in love with and had an accidental one night stand with. What is even more confusing is the fact that Jim seems to not understand what a one night stand is. He thinks we're in some kind of friends with benefits situation, and I don't know if I'm in heaven or hell.

Jim Walker
I love my best friend. Not in that way, but I consider him one of the most important people in my life. I'll do anything for him, even helping him relieve some tension when he needs it. Now, I just have to ignore the weird pang in my chest every time he leaves right after.

The Holiday Boyfriend is a situationship-to-lovers, MM romance about two best friends who are a bit clueless. It features a ton of sweet moments, sneaky kisses, and a holiday love that will break the bounds of friendships. It is the second book of the Doves of Destiny series and can be read as a standalone but will be more enjoyable when read as a series.

Angel's Review:

Jim and Austin have been best friends for years. Austin has had unreciprocated feelings for his best friend for.. a while. Austin has had to watch Jim being with several different women over the years of their friendship, while he's pining over Jim. There is no way Jim will ever look his way, right? 

Never say never! I feel like that should be the tagline that embodies this story. Jim has always believed that he's straight, but after Austin gets drunk and they engage in some spicy times together, he realizes he's not as straight as he thought he was. 

I thought this book was really cute. I read through this story in one sitting. It's such a cute best friends to lovers romance, that started off as a friends with benefits arrangement. But overtime Jim realizes that he has actual romantic feelings for Austin, he has to gain some courage in order to tell him how he feels. 

I thought the writing was good. I'm pretty sure this book hinted at a certain holiday series that's releasing this December. I liked the characters. I love how food played a part in their love story. Food is the way to a person's heart, after all. Overall, a good, cute, and sweet story. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

Our first Holiday romance of the season!  Rye Cox is sneaking in another visit to Wintervale early in the season to get us in the holiday mood in September - it feels a little like the holiday decorations that are already backfilling Halloween decor in some places... but I digress - let's talk about Jim and Austin...

I hadn't ever considered a situationship before...but it's apparently what you get when you cross one drunk and one bi-curious roommate with a lack of direct communication... this book was sweet, spicy and just a little frustrating as the couple battle against themselves before surrendering to happiness.   

The Holiday Boyfriend is a quick and engaging friends to lovers read and a great way to kick off the holiday season.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

This is the second in the Doves of Destiny series, but can easily be read as a standalone. 

Jim and Austin are best friends, although Austin has been in love with Jim for years, and Jim is the most oblivious person on the planet. Seriously, I've rarely come across someone so dense when it comes to realizing what he has in front of him. There was more than once when I wanted to just tell him - and it appears the whole town, his colleagues and family felt the same 😂.

This is billed as a situationship, which is really the best way to describe how they start out with each other. I did like how Jim was so quickly willing to explore his sexuality with a minimum of fuss, even though he kept denying it was anything more than a friends with benefits situation. I liked these two together. Even before they got together, I liked their best friends dynamic. They were so caring towards each other and was a great basis for a relationship (which they already had without realizing 😂).

Wanting to tell Jim to wake up repeatedly aside, this was fun, light and sweet and I really enjoyed it. 

Rating: 4 Stars

The Holiday Boyfriend is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.