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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,220 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Part of Men Under the Mistletoe Anthology from Carina Press; but also available separately. (26,000 words)

Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans' ambition to be a dancer made him a target. Though he found success in New York City, Mitch is at a crossroads, and heads home for the first time in twelve years to figure things out. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps
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ebook, 84 pages
Published December 2011 by Carina Press
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Baba
3 stars.

It's been a while and I don't remember any details, so I'm just going to post a rating and will say it was a nice read.


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Still catching up on my GR Reading Challenge 2016...
Lauraadriana
It's not like I even have to say it...But I will. I positively, unequivocally, totally and completely LOVE Josh Lanyon's writing. This was the perfect Christmas story, about coming home, finding what was lost, rekindling old flames, and finally finally getting your deepest wish.

Mitchell Evans left Llano, Texas at 18 in despair and with blind determination. Yes, he had lost everything he loved in that place, but he WOULD be a great dancer. And so he was. Twelve years later he was back in Llano
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Heather C
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
I really wanted to love this, but I just couldn't.

My Rant:
The odd use of "y'all" as a singular pronoun kept pulling me out of the story. Each time I read it I was looking for a 3rd person in the scene. I'm sure there are people out there that use it that way but I've never in my life heard it, and I live in the South. I hear and use "y'all" every single day and it is always plural! Always!!

It took me 4 days to finish reading it.

After 12 years of not seeing or speaking to each other, the MCs
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Sheri
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are times in our lives when we miss a beat, or we fall.
And then there are times we fall from a swift kick in the ass.
Mitch Evans just got his ass kicked.
Frantic and desperate he runs. The only place he knows to go is the last place he wants to be.
Just when he believes things couldn't get any worse, he hallucinates and flips his car. Low and behold his angel appears in perfectly cut jeans and cowboy boots. As luck would have it this particular Texas Ranger held his heart many moons ago,
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.Karéz.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-amor, standalone
What a great, enchanting story for the holiday season. Absloutly loved it.
And as always Lanyon's way of writing is pretty remarkable...
Lenore
I enjoyed this, but the ending could have been a little more rushed. *sarcasm*
Christelle
Oh, oh, oh…Josh Lanyon with no mystery : a short “kind of” Christmas second-chance romance.

I enjoyed this quick read about Mitch, a professional dancer going back to his home-town and, of course, his first encounter is his crush when a teen, the laid-back and now Texas Ranger Web. A reunion that will make Mitch reassess his life.

It’s short, so there are a few points not enough developed, it’s low on steam, but brings a nice HEA.
Ami
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Early reviews on this particular story from the whole anthology hadn't been really good, as I kept seeing 2-3 stars. So I was a bit weary. Then I read it myself ... and well, I stand on my opinion that Josh Lanyon is still one of my favorite authors.

There are some things that make the story works for me personally. One, it's the whole "the one who got away/reunion" theme. I'm such a sucker for that, and Josh has written a good one in this. Two, the delicious chemistry between Mitch and Web,
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Ula'ndi Hart
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-audio, lgbtq, anthology
I know, I know...it’s NOT Christmas! But what the hell? I do as I please and this pleases me.

Overall book rating: 3.8
Audio Book: Max Tatch - 4
Book Cover: 3


Okay so I laughed at the reindeer thing. Really? It was funny.

Of course I loved Mr Texas Ranger. Web has a calmness about him I really enjoyed. It balanced out the “high-strung” ballet dancer, Mitchell Evans, very well.

I found it sad that Mitch spend so much time chasing after a part of himself, but never being complete. Sad that his
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Mitchell Evans, today a famous ballet dancer, used to be an awkward boy living with his disappointed, non-accepting and occasionally abusive father.
His coming home for Christmas makes him remember all the ugliness of his childhood. But he remembers something good too: Web Eisley.
Jenni
*cries*

WHY? Why did this have to be a short story?

MCs Mitch and Web were perfectly paired in this sweet holiday tale.

Oh *so* sweet.

Mitch has come home to Texas--after leaving both his family and his first love under terrible circumstances 12 years earlier. Though he became the successful dancer he set out to be, something's missing. Enter our dreamy hero Web, now a Texas Ranger (A Texas Ranger! You'd have to be a Texan to understand, y'all, but, GAH.)

Can these two reconcile with each other and
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Natasha
Lanyon in all the perfection that Lanyon is.

Long-lost lovers is my favorite trope. Fay-vor-it.

Perfect length, wonderful characters. Warmed my icy little heart.
Jenni Lea
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-reads

Damn Josh Lanyon and those "famous" abrupt endings! I want more!
Catherine
My experiences so far with Josh Lanyon's short stories and novellas have been pretty hit or miss (mostly miss), but I absolutely ADORED this one!

The story had a rich setting (I could hear/see/feel Texas in every scene), strong, complex characters, amazing chemistry, and the perfect amount of angst. I thought the big conflict/misunderstanding between Web and Mitch near the end was a tad weak, but their history together and the echoes of those issues and hurts into the present was enough to draw
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LenaRibka
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
3, 5 stars

Josh Lanyon is always a guarantee for a good book.

A warmhearted story about coming home, sweet and tender.

A nice holiday reading.
Trio
Very sweet, loved the characters. Great ending with a nice compromise (and not the ending I was expecting, so that's always good).
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
4.5 stars.

Stories about ex-lovers are my favorites.

After dramatically breaking up with his partner, Mitch flies to Texas to take care of his father's farm. His father died 6 months before and Mitch didn't even go to his funeral, after running away from his home to pursue his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. On his way to the farm, he has a weird car accident and is helped out of the wreck by Web, his first love.

Mitch is a hotheaded man with a penchant for dramatic exits. He is not very likable
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ttg
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, m-m
This is a lovely holiday novella from Lanyon. The story focuses on professional ballet dancer Mitch, who returns to his Texas hometown under the guise of taking care of his deceased father’s affairs, but is really running from the realization that his lover of several years was cheating on him. But once he’s back, he faces more realizations, including a town that hadn’t forgotten about him, and a first love that wasn’t as over as he thought it was.

I’m a big fan of Lanyon’s works, including his
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Caipi
Sweet second-chance romance.

To clear his head after a bad day full of disappointments, professional ballet dancer Mitchell Evans heads from New York City back home to Texas for the first time in twelve years. When he has an accident close to his destination, of all people Texas Ranger Web Eisley, his first love, comes to his rescue.
And the chemistry between them is still there......

I enjoyed reading this heartwarming story of their reunion, only the ending was kind of abrupt.

3,5 stars
Monique
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable, short, Christmas m/m read about the love between two men that was torn apart twelve years ago because of misunderstandings. So many years were wasted but neither of them ever stopped having feelings for each other.

I only have two complaints: I don't understand what was with the reindeer hallucinations, and I wish there would have been an epilogue. This ended too abruptly and I would have loved to have to see where they ended up months or years from when this ended.

This
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Lori
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this short Christmas story - even if I did read it in July...
UnusualChild{beppy}
4.5 stars

Synopsis: Mitch returns home to Texas after finding his lover with another person. His father died, and Mitch hasn't been back since he left when he was 17. He's become a big deal in the dancing world in New York. On the way to his father's place, Mitch has an accident, and the vehicle that has been following behind him pulls over to help. He turns out to be with the sheriff's department. He also turns out to be Web, the guy that Mitch loved and who broke his heart before he left. As
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JR
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: you know who you are
This made me smile the entire time I was reading it. One reason, Mr. Lanyon has gotten Texas/Texans right. I am so grateful for that!. Secondly, it's one of my favorite themes, friends/lovers parting ways at a young age and finding each other years later.

That is what has happened to Web Eisley and Mitchell Evans, childhood friends, that became lovers in their teens. Mitch wanted to be a dancer, but his father was admittedly opposed. Mitch paid for his own dance lessons, earning the ire of his
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⚣Michaelle⚣
4 Stars

Lovely, romantic...exactly the kind of story that lends itself to a holiday setting. Part of me really wishes it didn't have such an abrupt ending...but with this one it really is about the journey and not the destination. It didn't matter where Mitch lived or where he danced, in the end, just that this time he and Web were gonna give their love a chance. And while sometimes it's nice to see how that kind of thing works out, it wasn't necessary - because there's no doubt that they will
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Snowtulip
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Perfect ex-love story to make you smile a little. This story did a great job of balancing that tight line that first love walks, it's always there at the surface and ready to be rekindled with the right amount of interest. Just the type of story I needed right now! But I still don't get the reindeer :)
Elena
I always say I'm not really into second-chance romances and Josh's stories are always an exception.
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-christnas
Awwww that was sweet..
Elizabeth
3.5 stars
Audio
I enjoyed the story and the narration, if only the ending wasn't so rushed.
Jayhjay
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully Jay as part of my review of the Men Under the Mistletoe anthology

Mitchell Evans is returning after 12 years to his small Texas town to sell his family ranch and close things up after his father's death six months before. He and his dad hadn't spoken in years, since his father ended their relationship when Mitch told him he was gay. Immediately after, Mitch took off for New York to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer, leaving
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Denise H.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***** Gosh, this is a wonderful tale !! **** It could be considered a Christmas story, but it's a lot more. We have a reconnecting of two people who loved each other years ago, but the timing wasn't right and prejudices got in the way.

Amazing, slim, toned, and famous ballet dancer, Mitch is headed home to settle his father's estate. His father used to beat him, and hated him for being gay, and for wanting to dance. His accident happened because there was something blocking the road. Luckily, a
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Josh Lanyon is the author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance.

Her work has been translated into eleven languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the
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