“You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” ― J.M. Barrie
BLURB: Jackson Bennett and Ryan Hennigan met and fell in love while Ryan worked on Jack’s family’s Christmas tree farm. Back then, Jack broke his own heart by convincing Ryan to leave and pursue his future. Ryan went, but only after they made a pact to reunite after Ryan graduated from college. Now, five years later, it’s time, but Jack is convinced Ryan won’t show—and when he does, Jack is certain Ryan can’t possibly want to stay. Ryan, however, has no intention of being anywhere other than in Jack’s arms. But he faces a hurdle he never expected: proving to Jack they can have each other without having to sacrifice their dreams.
REVIEW: This is the type of story that has me asking myself how much I love my husband. When we first met, could I have put his needs ahead of my own and stayed away this long? Did I love him enough? In this story Jackson did love Ryan enough. He loved him so much he forced him to go away to college so he could have a better future, even if that meant Jackson couldn’t be part of it.
The story jump forward to five years later, Christmas Eve, the five years are up and Jackson is beside himself wondering if Ryan will come back. When he does return, he and Jackson fall right back into one another’s arms. In the harsh light of day, Jackson realizes that even though Ryan returned that doesn’t necessarily mean he will stay.
It takes some work, but there is a HEA at the end. Even without the entire back story I thoroughly enjoyed this short. Most of us wouldn’t be able to do what Jackson did for Ryan, and I think that makes this one of the sweetest love stories I have read in a while.