I love playing with tropes and genres and mixing them up together, perhaps in ways they haven’t been before. So, this is a friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, maybe a second-chance romance story with an amnesia subplot since my soldier gets his mind-scrubbed after every mission and has no idea who he originally was.
You’ve heard of found family (yet another favorite trope of mine)? Well, this book is more about lost family. All the characters have suffered serious losses over the years and need each other this Christmas way more than they know or are willing to admit. But thanks to a little Christmas magic (and Science, of course because Sci-Fi) AND getting snowed-in at an isolated cabin (yay! More tropes!) they just might find their happy ending.
Who am I kidding? It's a romance. OF COURSE, they will!
Another thing I love to write about are morally gray characters, and the heroes in this book were not all that good to their partners in the past. One used his bi-sexuality as an excuse for cheating, the other refused to accept that bi-sexuality existed at all (in part because he was in denial about his own nature).
But the point of this book is not just about how they acted “then” it’s about what they're going to do “now”. Because they’ve changed, they've grown, they've learned some hard lessons over the years. They're not the same people they were back then and--just maybe--this time around, they'll get it right; and then they'll get to keep what they've found.