Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Until Thanksgiving” as Want to Read:
Until Thanksgiving
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Until Thanksgiving

(Philip Potter Series)

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Josh Freeman knows his best days are behind him. After his partner of seventeen years has an affair with a younger man, Josh buries himself in takeout boxes, half-smoked joints, and self-pity until his best friend gently kicks him in the ass and encourages him to try out a new job in Washington DC—at least until Thanksgiving.

Though DC has its share of troubles, specificall
Paperback, 232 pages
Published December 17th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 16th 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Until Thanksgiving, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Until Thanksgiving

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.30  · 
Rating details
 ·  88 ratings  ·  28 reviews

Sort order
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
2.5 to 2.75 stars. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it

Josh Freeman, for all his years of living, the last 17 with a live in partner even, is about to find out he has a lot to learn about life.
The bad news is, he attracts the attention of a serial killer in the process. The good news, he finds the true love of his life! All the while these things are working themselves out, Josh does the serious growing up he needs to do.
He is aided on this journey by a trusty best friend, as well as a passel of new ones who may not all be as trusty, but through w
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely delightful read. Anytime I read something by a new author I'm never entirely sure how I will react, but I am so happy that this one is a keeper. Michael Rupured has given us a well constructed story, some characters to love, some characters to hate, and some conflicts that provide plenty of angst. Through the second half of the book I found myself doing the equivalent of sitting on the edge of my chair with suspense, trying to read faster to find out what happened next. There ...more
Again, a story that started well and I settled down hoping for a murder mystery with romance.

I'm aborting it at 30% in because the chemistry is completely missing between the MCs. Zilch. IMO, of course. There'll undoubtedly be others who'll love them. There are books I've read where the two MCs meet for the first time and they could set off fireworks. This was not one of them for me. As characters go, Josh is...trying to find the words...normal, regular, same insecurities as the average Joe. He
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-romance
While I agree that this story has several fleshed out memorable characters, I was beyond confused when in the first segment from the murderer' POV, we learn who the murderer is?! What in the name?

But hey, I thought while I am not a fan of detailed exploration of the psyche of the murderer, I figured maybe despite the highly misleading blurb (I expected you know, a mystery) the purpose of this one is indeed do a psychological study of the murderer, in depth exploration and all that. Eh wrong, whi
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's such a sweet, cosy book, enjoyable in a lowkey, relaxing way. I'm not sure why but I loved it. I mean there are quite a few things there that would make me roll my eyes in any other book, and yet here I found them cute and endearing.
There is very little drama in this book. Zero angst. But I wasn't bored even for a moment while reading it. It has quite an amazing sense of time and place... oh boy, just fifteen years ago but how did we even manage to live without cell phones then... :) There
Kaitlin Bevis
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Michael Rupured through his blog and have been an avid reader ever since. He has a real gift for making day to day life entertaining/hysterical and as a writer myself I could identify with his journey through the publication process. So, despite the fact that this is nowhere near my usual genre, I was first in line to grab a copy of this book when it came out.

I don't regret it. Every single character, including background characters you never see again had a unique and fully fleshe
Liz Winters
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: insecure-mc, m-m
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Becky Condit
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed reading this debut novel by Michael Rupured. He has crafted a superb and very well written story with multi-dimensional characters combined with an richly detailed portrayal of life as a gay man in the Dupont Circle of Washington DC. Throw in the suspense of someone commiting murder and a lusty sense of passion with overcoming past mistakes and a hope of future happiness, and you have an excellent start to what I see as a bright future for this talented author.

Please see
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on the first page, which is an absolute must for me. And quite frustrated that I didn't have time to read the entire book in one sitting!! This was my first read in this genre, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The story line was both sweet and suspenseful, the main characters very likeable, and the ease with which I could picture the D.C. setting made this a GREAT read for me. I can't wait for the next book! Congratulations, Michael, on a job well done!!! CathyB
Nov 28, 2012 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I'm at the beginning of chapter 8 and perhaps I'm too stuffy, but I have a problem with this pot smoking throughout the book. No problem with once or twice, but for this guy it's like drinking a glass of wine in the evening. Everytime I'm just getting into the story - wham, pot! Totally annoying. At least for this reader. The whole beginning felt depressing and I don't want to read depressing :)
Blue Bayou .
Dec 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars-or-less
Well good for Michael Rupured that he had has first novel published. I hate to diminish that accomplishment with a bad review but yeah it wasn't that good. It wasn't bad, sorta.
(view spoiler)
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
This book should be enjoyed for what it is. First let me say it is not a mystery or who-dun-it. It’s not even a romance novel per se. It has elements of romance, but at its core it is really the story of a man and his journey to self-discovery. For most of his life, Josh has been happily sheltered from many of the mundane aspects of real life (first by his mother, then by his boyfriend, Ben and always by best friend Linda…although, she continually tries to push him out of the nest). Rather than ...more
Erik Twisk
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Michael because of my win at the power of love giveaway. And before I started this book I read some of the review on and that make me think will it be that bad or that good, the reviews where so faraway from each other that it good go two ways. i started the book to see what I would think and will i like it or not. I have to say I really liked it. If you expect a real romantic book or a detective it can be that you don't like it. If you like books about a ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars
Ericka Walden
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this....
Jae Moran
Dec 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m

No connection between MC. All negative stereotypes of gay community. Abandoned after 20%.
Sara Testarossa
It took me months to get to writing this review, because it was hard to articulate my thoughts on this book. Because of my many thoughts, this is long, so I'll write the tl;dr version first: I liked this book, it was enjoyable. There were a few things I didn't like about it but not enough to make me dislike it as a whole. I like the first book in the series (written after) better, because that one was really awesome. But this one is still quite good. Want more details? Then read on!

This is Micha
Julie Hayes
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When did Josh Freeman’s sex life degenerate into anonymous sex at the local adult bookstore? Maybe when his longtime lover, Ben, needed to take a playmate on the side. Josh goes into a tailspin, but his best friend, and long ago girlfriend, Linda, keeps telling him he needs to take his company’s job offer and move out of Lexington, Kentucky and into the nation’s capital. Finally, Josh agrees.

Moving to Washington DC is definitely out of Josh’s comfort zone, but it has to be better than his life i
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after reading After Christmas Eve (which though it is a prequel, was written after). I rate about 3.5.
I enjoyed the story and Josh's growth from man-boy to man though did find the characters a little juvenile at times for late thirties males. I think the writing in After Christmas Eve was much tighter so I hope that this trend continues as the author continues writing.
There was some tension in the murder aspects but not as much as could have been - the murderer wasn't frightening so
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
If I am not confusing my dates, this story was set in 1997... Josh just came out of a 17-year relationship and the first guy he is with he goes bareback? How could anyone in that day and age be so nonchalant about their health and the health of others... I almost stopped right there, but I decided to persevere. I am not sure that I am going to be fond of this author's writing style and hope that this book was a one-off thing because strangely enough, Phillip was my favorite character and Linda c ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was without a doubt one of the most tedious reads. Besides the pot smoking and the "i'm not pretty enough" stuff, the author went and ruined it even further with the "boyfriend" stuff in the hospital. This was topped by the eventual sex between the two MC's. It was just so much work getting through this book.
Blue Dragon
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, did I end up disliking this book. It started out okay but as the story progressed the characters became caricatures wandering through a poorly developed story line. I ended up skimming through to the ending, which was way overdone.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
rated it really liked it
Mar 11, 2016
rated it really liked it
Dec 18, 2012
Marilyn Owens
rated it it was amazing
Dec 22, 2012
Dana Mihalcea
rated it it was amazing
Nov 24, 2018
rated it liked it
Apr 13, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Dreamspinner Press: Until Thanksgiving 2 71 Sep 23, 2013 01:24PM  
For as long as he can remember, Michael Rupured has loved to write. Before he learned the alphabet, he filled page after page with rows of tiny little circles he now believes were his first novels and has been writing ever since. He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where he came out as a gay man at the age of twenty-one in the late 1970s. He considers it a miracle that he survived his wild and reck ...more

Other books in the series

Philip Potter Series (3 books)
  • No Good Deed
  • Happy Independence Day