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A Christmas Engagement

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Sean O’Conner built his company from the ground up, and is terrified that he could lose everything if he came out. Christian Elliot is a trust fund kid about to be written out of his parents’ will if he displeases them, so he, too, has been closeted. Both of them feel like they’re walking a thin line, without anything other than drunken fumbling with other guys to see them ...more
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Published December 9th 2020
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Richard Lobodzinski
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If Douglas Sirk & Todd Haynes collaberated on a gay pulp novel

THIS. So much of this feeling, that if legendary film producer Douglas Sirk & Director Todd Haynes collaberatively wrote a gay pulp novel set in the WASP enclaves of Seattle, it would be like Riley Knight's A Christmas Engagement. Don't let the sweet cover fool you. 

As at December 2020: The story is a precise & accurate snap-shot of of where we are in North America when it comes to LGBT rights, being closeted, and the stakes involved
Sammy Lou Higgins
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is just so amazing. The way it is written you can really feel the struggle they both went through. Both of them are deeply closeted and struggling hiding it. They both want a relationship with a man and sign up for a dating app. They are both so scared of being found out that they are terrified at first. But when they get talking they find they have a lot in common. They keep texting and getting to know each other and eventually give in and meet. When they do it's explosive between th ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The courage to step out of your comfort zone is greater than the fear. Christian, at 25 had spent his life living in fear of one thing or another, hiding deep in his closet. He didn't want to do anything to rock his parents' boat and risk disinheretment. He literally lived off his parents' generosity. His dad gave him until Christmas to decide on a plan for the rest of his life, part of which was marrige to a woman. Sean, a 39 year old, virgin black man owned 29 restaurants and was still growing ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Riley Knight's A Christmas Engagement is a tender, feel good holiday romance.

This is a story of two closeted men, a dating app, and an online friendship that leads to taking chances and meeting. It's full of family issues, pressure from family and society, and the stigma that comes with being gay.

I absolutely love the way this story develops. Both men are painfully honest about their situations. Their emotions are fully on display as they deal with the excruciating situations they're in that a
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This a sweet, romantic story. Sean us a 39 year old closeted gay man, he stays in the closet because he owns some sport orientated restaurants, and he thinks that coming out would hurt the business. Christian is a 25 year old gay heir to an upscale hotel chain, who's done absolutely nothing since he graduated from high school. They meet because they both have profiles on a gay dating app. Sean pretty much just looks at profiles to get himself hot and bothered. Christian did it as a rebellion aga ...more
Justine Smith
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Engagement is an enjoyable beautifully written story about Sean and Christian. Both men are known in the community for their business, Sean owns a restaurant, or family's business, Christian's family owns a hotel chain, so it's hard for them, both being gay, to be themselves out in public. They end up chatting on a dating app, anonymously at first, and find a real connection together. A place in their world where they can be their true selves. As their relationship grows they find th ...more
Stephanie W
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two men; both living secret lives. In essence, lies to appease others. Can the Christmas season bring them the personal peace and love they want but were afraid to go after?

Sean O'Connor is a restaurant owner and built his businesses from scratch. After years of hard work and multiple locations to show for his back breaking work he's still lonely. Not able to love whom he wants out in the open.

Christian Elliott comes from a wealthy family who owns a chain of hotels, and is a trust fund baby. Fea
Siobhan Flynn
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A secret identity relationship turned serious. Christian and Sean are both in hiding about their love life and don't expect anything major but something happens when they first meet and it starts a chain of events with the most delightful ending. Chemistry through the roof it almost felt magical, this was rather sweet and heartbreaking at times. It was sad that people couldn't accept their choice and ruined things for them but it didn't deter love shining on through with an absolutely adorable C ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, contemporary, mm, x
A bit blah characters

This title was a contemporary MM Romance. May-December. Standalone HEA.

I don't get the nice holiday cover; in my opinion it's not really relevant but I guess that's just my personal opinion but it's not particularly an actual Christmas story.

I simply wasn't feeling these characters' mutual chemistry. It didn't seem very hot nor likely. I just didn't overly like the interaction in this one. I didn't like them much nor get them neither of them might be one reason. A lukewarm
Kendra T
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-gap, mm, own-review
I really enjoyed this. I loved the premise of meeting on the app with the intentions of just finding someone to talk with. They came together in such a simple and honest way, and the fact they found each other was lovely. Their relationship seemed to go through a pretty realistic timeline and made sense for these guys. This was a 4.5 star read for me. It was a total feel good book for the holidays.
Janet Hunt
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christian is a twenty-five-year-old who is still living at home hiding in the closet. His father informs him he must have a plan for his life before Christmas and he must marry a woman. Sean is thirty-nine and a successful restaurant owner. He’s also a virgin living in the closet. The two men connect on an app and decide to meet in person. This was excellent! Great characters development and well written. I’m voluntarily reviewing from an advanced copy that I received.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable read of two people figuring out what that they want the same things. Their journey to their happily ever after is a sweet one. The characters are engaging and have amazing connection. A great book to read on a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea. I enjoyed this book.

I am voluntarily leaving a review.
Elaine Gray
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet Christmas story about two closeted gay men that are scared to come out to their family. Sean and Christian meet online about their predicament and eventually they meet and fall in love. They have a great connection online and once they meet its instant love. I enjoyed this book.
Karen Rich
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Sean and Christian are both major players in the business world and try and keep their sexual orientation a secret that is until they meet. I highly recommend this story.
Jocelyn Whaley
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Christmas Engagement is beautiful story. One of struggle, love and acceptance. They find and create their world with each other. Good Job.
Breanna Clark
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book warmed my heart, then hurt my feelings, then put the shattered pieces of my heart back together. I’ve read several of Riley Knight’s books and this one may just be my favorite of the lot.
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