Mischa Blake needs the relaxation of the Blake brothers’ weekly poker games now more than ever as he feels the pressure of his responsibilities as a parent, partner, and student multiplying. When one of his siblings proposes reviving their game of Truth or Dare, Mischa revolts. Instead, they all agree to share a truth, and Mischa has to decide how much of his domestic situation to share with his family.
The frantic pace of life is overwhelming, and Mischa has begun to let things slide. With the holidays just around the corner, he figures his current situation is a temporary thing. When he misses one of his son’s soccer games that Donovan left work early to attend, time runs out.
Upset by the hurt in their son’s eyes, Donovan decides that something must be done. He’s worried that he’s pushed Mischa into doing things at the wrong time, pushed his dreams on his young lover, just pushed too hard for too much in general.
In a desperate attempt to get Mischa to think about what he wants instead of what Donovan wants, Donovan issues an ultimatum. He sends Mischa away with orders to think about his priorities.
Truth or Dare is one of my favorite series that features m/m romance; the stories are the epitome of what romance is. The characters are compelling and full of depth, while still having flaws that shows that they deserve to be loved too, no matter what sex they are.
I have to admit that Mischa and Donovan’s story in the series has always been my favorite so I was delighted to get a Christmas short story featuring the couple (I know it’s almost June). Mischa showed up on Donovan’s door step answering a job ad, one that he was not qualified for I might add and Donovan took a chance on him and love. Now they have been together for a while and they have settled into a routine but things are far from perfect.
Both of the guys work too hard and things are not good at home. Donovan spends too much time working because he can’t tell his boss no and Mischa is overloading himself to finish school this semester. Their home is neglected but worse than that, they are neglecting each other. Donovan is afraid Mischa is missing out on his youth and decides to set him free, at least for the weekend; if he comes back he’s his to keep – right?
It takes an unfortunate incident for them to realize that they both need to make some changes in their lives and relationship if they are going to make it work. Donovan has to realize that this isn’t the 1960’s and that it’s ok for Mischa to help with the household finances. Mischa needs to quit holding everything in and talk to Donovan when they have issues, not run and hide from the problem because it only gets worse.
Even though this was a short story, it didn’t lack any in content; we got to see the other Blake brother’s that we have grown to love throughout the series. The author is killing me because he left a teaser at the end of the story and I am ready for the next book RIGHT NOW!!!!!