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To fulfill his grandfather’s final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can’t leave Scotland without knowing he’s all ri To fulfill his grandfather’s final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can’t leave Scotland without knowing he’s all right. Neither man expected a love story from the past to ignite a new one in the present. A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".


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To fulfill his grandfather’s final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can’t leave Scotland without knowing he’s all ri To fulfill his grandfather’s final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can’t leave Scotland without knowing he’s all right. Neither man expected a love story from the past to ignite a new one in the present. A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

30 review for Wait for Me (Celebrate! - 2014 Advent Calendar)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *1.5 stars* Noooooooo. I had countless issues with this story. First of all, an atrocious, insta-love, DOUBLE GFY! With no explanation. The guys were straight and then, BAM ---> Gay! I'm sorry, folks, you can't write GFY that way and expect readers to buy it. Yes, there is such thing as love and attraction that goes beyond gender but if you want readers to believe it, it takes some serious skill and effort. Add to that virgin sex off page and you've lost me. The historical details were also a mess. *1.5 stars* Noooooooo. I had countless issues with this story. First of all, an atrocious, insta-love, DOUBLE GFY! With no explanation. The guys were straight and then, BAM ---> Gay! I'm sorry, folks, you can't write GFY that way and expect readers to buy it. Yes, there is such thing as love and attraction that goes beyond gender but if you want readers to believe it, it takes some serious skill and effort. Add to that virgin sex off page and you've lost me. The historical details were also a mess. I have no idea why the author set this book in 1989 when it could have easily be set in 2014. I had big issues with the guys using a surrogate in 1991 when the first recorded surrogacy was only in 1985 and wasn't widespread until over a decade later. Also, the free way that the grandparents discussed their homosexual relationship in letters in the early 1900s was farfetched at best. They would have most likely used code names or code language, not plainly stated everything. Finally, I was bored by the story and I didn't buy it one bit. I'm adding 1/2 a star because the beginning letter with the grandparents tugged at my heart a bit. **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I’d like to call a Mulligan. Yep, let’s scratch this one and try again. I was really enjoying the writing. I literally stopped mid-paragraph and went to make note of this new-to-me author. I couldn't wait to add another of Morgan’s book to my TBR. And then it happened. Then the plot went haywire. I mean, I felt like it drove straight off the pier and I was sinking fast. TJ is granting his grandfather’s final wish- taking his ashes…home. To do so, he has to hop across the pond and it’s nearly Chri I’d like to call a Mulligan. Yep, let’s scratch this one and try again. I was really enjoying the writing. I literally stopped mid-paragraph and went to make note of this new-to-me author. I couldn't wait to add another of Morgan’s book to my TBR. And then it happened. Then the plot went haywire. I mean, I felt like it drove straight off the pier and I was sinking fast. TJ is granting his grandfather’s final wish- taking his ashes…home. To do so, he has to hop across the pond and it’s nearly Christmas. Which honestly doesn't matter, I don’t think it was mentioned again. The letters from the past were touching; I was instantly salivating for a good story. They were probably a bit unlikely, but I went with it. Two soul-mates were kept apart until death. Sounds good, right? But…but then TJ decides he needs to find his granduncle’s (yes, I said granduncle…plot twist alert) secret lovers grandson. Did you follow that? Okay, good. He stalks him (yeah, kinda freaky) and falls in love with him in a matter of a few days…without ever exchanging any words. Ohh, did I mention that he is (or was) straight? And to add to the incredibly far-fetched plot, Jamie is straight too. And their sex was peculiar. Right, so we have a double-gay-for-you and it was poorly executed. I didn't buy it. Not for a second. Finally, the last neck-breaking turn sunk it. Why did it have to go…there? It was completely implausible and any intent to leave you with a sappy HEA was destroyed. It was as if the author tried to fit ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag. Let me tell you, it did not work. The potential was there, but it completely missed the mark. I debated 2 stars but I can’t forget the strong start, therefore I’ll settle on 2.5 stars. I'm hopeful that my next T.S. tale will fair better. *2.5 wait?-what?-why? stars*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    ugh...where's the story? Is it hiding somewhere i can't see, 'cause to be honest that felt like a jumble of scenes...and not one of them had much in the way of storytelling. Not to mention that it is pushing it to sell me a GFY story in 21 pages...there was really no way I was going to buy a double GFY in that page count. 1.5 stars ugh...where's the story? Is it hiding somewhere i can't see, 'cause to be honest that felt like a jumble of scenes...and not one of them had much in the way of storytelling. Not to mention that it is pushing it to sell me a GFY story in 21 pages...there was really no way I was going to buy a double GFY in that page count. 1.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    1.5 stars This story would have been more successful has it been set in, say, 2009, not 1989. As such, it felt too contemporary, anachronistic even. TJ and Jamie meet in Scotland; their grandfathers were lovers. Neither man is gay, but they fall in love and eventually have babies with a surrogate. I believe the first documented case of a same-sex couple using a surrogate wasn't until the late 90s; surrogacy was barely available to "traditional" different-sex couples in the 80s and early-90s. Come 1.5 stars This story would have been more successful has it been set in, say, 2009, not 1989. As such, it felt too contemporary, anachronistic even. TJ and Jamie meet in Scotland; their grandfathers were lovers. Neither man is gay, but they fall in love and eventually have babies with a surrogate. I believe the first documented case of a same-sex couple using a surrogate wasn't until the late 90s; surrogacy was barely available to "traditional" different-sex couples in the 80s and early-90s. Come on. RESEARCH. This was one of the worst cases of Insta Love ever. Everything is told, not shown; we spend almost no time with the MCs at all. The (virgin) sex is off-page, and the GFY aspect is brushed of as "it's not about the gender." *face palm* Nothing about this story says holidays or Christmas. The letters the grandfathers write to one another also feel too contemporary. Homosexuality was a crime in Scotland until 1980 (!), and these men are professing their love in letters written in the 1920s. NO, just NO. Extra half-star because Jamie was a cute pixie and the writing was decent, but I seriously don't know what the author was thinking with this one. Also reviewed as part of my 2014 Advent Calendar: Celebrate! review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    A final request from his grandfather leads to a mission for TJ. It turns out to be more than helping his grandfather find peace next to the man he loved but could never be with in life. Once in Inverness, TJ discovers there is much more to discover, and what he finds changes his life. There is much to this story that is implied, rather than being said, and I suspect this “sketchy” style will either help you love the story, or it will lead to confusion. I thought the style was interesting, but th A final request from his grandfather leads to a mission for TJ. It turns out to be more than helping his grandfather find peace next to the man he loved but could never be with in life. Once in Inverness, TJ discovers there is much more to discover, and what he finds changes his life. There is much to this story that is implied, rather than being said, and I suspect this “sketchy” style will either help you love the story, or it will lead to confusion. I thought the style was interesting, but the author did assume I was able and willing to fill in much of what was missing on the page. TJ has already survived the revelation that his grandfather was gay, when he discovers the next surprise. The man his grandfather loved also has a grandson, and Jamie is a few years younger than TJ. Curious to find out more, and wondering if Jamie is okay, TJ refuses to return home until he has found and talked to Jamie, who is an orphan. The romance that develops between them is instant, fast, and may not be to everyone’s liking. For me, because the story is set around Christmas, I was more willing to believe in the miracle of the two families finally being united through the grandsons of the original lovers. If you like deeply romantic stories with insta-love that may not be entirely realistic, if you enjoy reading about men who overcome the obstacles of the past, and if you’re looking for a romantic read that bridges past and present, then you might like this short story. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Poorly executed double-GFY, insta-love. Why the story was set in 1989 is beyond me it would have made more sense if it had happened in 2014 or 2013. The Christmas part is missing in this story (again), just like with most of the other stories of this advent calendar). The writing was decent although it was more showing than telling and the author tried to stuff too much story into 21 pages.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deeze

    Sorry but this one failed for me. Too rushed, too simple and just too much like a teenagers fantasy for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    2.5 STARS I’m going to be honest, this book drove me nuts. From the first page I was absolutely hooked. By the fourth page I was actually in tears. The letters written in 1923 between the two lovers who were ripped apart by fate? Who cares if it’s been done before, it still gets me every time. This story began with maximum emotional impact. “I need to be buried by Justin. I bought the plot next to him when he was killed in a car accident in 1970. I need you to take my ashes to Inverness, Scotland, 2.5 STARS I’m going to be honest, this book drove me nuts. From the first page I was absolutely hooked. By the fourth page I was actually in tears. The letters written in 1923 between the two lovers who were ripped apart by fate? Who cares if it’s been done before, it still gets me every time. This story began with maximum emotional impact. “I need to be buried by Justin. I bought the plot next to him when he was killed in a car accident in 1970. I need you to take my ashes to Inverness, Scotland, after I pass. I need you to bury my ashes and our letters in that plot before Christmas. I promised him we’d be together for Christmas, and I can finally keep that promise.” Sixty six years have passed since TJ’s grandfather promised the man he loved that they would be reunited by Christmas and he’s finally able to keep his promise. Jesus! I’m getting teary again just writing this. I can’t stress enough how well the beginning of this story is written. When TJ speaks to the local Pastor about burying the ashes, he discovers that Justin, his Grandfather’s love, died in a car accident along with his wife, son and daughter-in-law leaving behind an orphaned grandson, Jamie. TJ feels that he wouldn’t be honoring his Grandfather’s wishes if he doesn’t check on the wellbeing of the now twenty-two year old Jamie. And from that point, the story died the death of needing to squeeze a full length novel into 21 pages. Firstly, and I’ll admit that this may have just been an issue for me, I got confused over ages and dates. I was wondering, if Jamie was a three-year-old orphan in 1970 then how is he only twenty-two now? Then I realized that the book was actually set in 1989, but I don’t really understand why. Usually if a book is set in a year other than the current then there’s a reason or at least it’s made apparent through references to music and pop culture, etc. And I understand that the brevity of this story didn’t really allow for those types of references so why bother? There was nothing about the story, unless I missed something, that couldn’t have been set in 2014, so why randomly choose 1989? Then there is the insta-love, double gay-for-you angle including first time sex off page. See, even that sentence is a bit of a confusing mess. How can that possibly be written in such a short story? There was no reason to take the GFY route. I think readers tend to be more forgiving with insta-love in short stories but attempting a double gay-for-you, which is rarely done well even in full length novels, just seemed like short story suicide. The off page sex is actually my preference for short stories but when it’s the first gay sex for both men and the only prelude is about a dozen words, including both men saying “I’m not gay”, some creepy staring and a touch on the arm, then I think that could have been left out too. The epilogue was sweet and set two years later but it’s like the author tried to cram in every possible happy occurrence for TJ and Jamie. I know people often say – I wish this had been a full-length novel, but I think this needed to be. It was just way too complex for so few words. If this story is ever expanded and re-released I’ll be first in line to read it. In the mean time I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more books by this author because despite my final thoughts on Wait For Me, T.S. Morgan can definitely write. Reviewed for Love Bytes http://lovebytesreviews.com/2014/12/1...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    (view spoiler)[I can only imagine how difficult it is to pen an effective short story. The hook has to be baited from the outset to draw the reader in, the middle then needing to be fleshed out to the point that we feel as if we know the characters and that there is motive for their actions, then it all needs to come to a believable conclusion in a minimum of words. T.S. Morgan’s Wait for Me succeeds at the outset, introducing TJ Barclay as he’s reading love letters written in the 1920s, letters (view spoiler)[I can only imagine how difficult it is to pen an effective short story. The hook has to be baited from the outset to draw the reader in, the middle then needing to be fleshed out to the point that we feel as if we know the characters and that there is motive for their actions, then it all needs to come to a believable conclusion in a minimum of words. T.S. Morgan’s Wait for Me succeeds at the outset, introducing TJ Barclay as he’s reading love letters written in the 1920s, letters that introduce a touching, if ill-fated, romance between his grandfather and another man. Where this story fails is in everything that happens after. Littered with tropes and stereotypes that here come off as unflattering, Wait for Me evolves from its poignant beginning to tell TJ’s story, and the carrying out of his grandfather’s final wish to have his remains buried next to his star-crossed lover in Scotland. At the cemetery, TJ discovers that there is another grandson, Jamie McDaniels, whom TJ wants to meet. It makes absolute sense that he would want to do so, though this is the point in the story where, rather than them meeting and discussing the significant connection they share through their grandfathers’ secret, TJ, in essence, becomes Jamie’s stalker. We’re told this in a most deliberate way rather than shown, which is another issue with this story; that it’s crafted with little finesse. I’m a fan of the gay-for-you/out-for-you/bi-for-you (however you want to label it) theme in M/M romance. I love the idea that two hearts can connect without there being rhyme or reason or precedent for it, but for it to be effective, the author needs to offer some proof that the relationship exists because the two people involved have a bond that goes beyond the frisson of electricity that sparks between them at a mere glance and a touch. Yes, the idea of that is romantic, but I don’t feel the reader should ever be asked to do the author’s job and use their imagination to fill in something as important as the exposition of the relationship in a story. With TJ playing the role of Alpha Male, and Jamie filling in as the pixie-ish waif, these two men are mere caricatures declaring themselves straight, then the author furthers the cliché with the immediate and intense attraction they feel for each other. After their sitting and staring at each other for a matter of minutes, nothing more is offered to build a believable connection between them, and the resolution to their meeting ends with straight TJ having sex with straight Jamie without further delving into why it happened. Even a fantasy of them channeling their deceased grandfathers would have helped make this storyline more believable. There is also one scene, as long as I’m being honest here, that is borderline dub-con; which, if I’m also being blunt, makes TJ come off as a douchebag rather than the Alpha commanding lover I believe was Ms. Morgan’s intent. With a tacked on 2 years later happily ever after for a couple I didn’t buy into to begin with, Wait for Me is a holiday story with a good premise that lacked in follow-through. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikyta

    Reviewed at The Blogger Girls. 2.5 stars When his grandfather dies, TJ is left with fulfilling his dying wish – being buried in Scotland next to the man he loved in his youth. When there, TJ feels compelled to check up on the grandson of the man his grandfather loved. Meeting Jamie changes everything for TJ and the attraction between the two might just have them forgetting the fact neither of them is gay. This one had a lot of potential but I felt like it was much too short for the elements in it. Reviewed at The Blogger Girls. 2.5 stars When his grandfather dies, TJ is left with fulfilling his dying wish – being buried in Scotland next to the man he loved in his youth. When there, TJ feels compelled to check up on the grandson of the man his grandfather loved. Meeting Jamie changes everything for TJ and the attraction between the two might just have them forgetting the fact neither of them is gay. This one had a lot of potential but I felt like it was much too short for the elements in it. First off, it’s a story with a double gay for you. Normally, I have no issues with gay for you stories but because of the length of the story, there was no exploration into both TJ & Jamie’s all of a sudden being attracted to each other. I felt like if both of them had been gay in general, the story would have been much better but that little detail about their sexualities really put a damper on the story. Add to that, there’s no depth to this story because it’s short. There’s no exploration into TJ & Jamie as characters or into their lives together so it was hard to connect or even enjoy the story much because of that. With that said, it wasn’t a ‘bad’ story, it had a lot of potential, but the book is too short to explore things fully especially because of the double gay for you. If this one had been much longer or didn’t have the gay for you in it, it would have been more enjoyable. BUT I do think readers should decide for themselves if they’ll like this story or not by giving it a try anyway. Some readers may not care for the lack of development or explanation and I encourage those readers to give this one a go :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Feliz

    To fulfill his grandfather’s final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can’t leave Scotland without knowing he’s all right. Neither man expected a love story from the past to ignite a new one in the present. As the blurb says, this story is abou To fulfill his grandfather’s final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can’t leave Scotland without knowing he’s all right. Neither man expected a love story from the past to ignite a new one in the present. As the blurb says, this story is about two couples, one from the past—two men, torn apart by life-changing events—and one from the present (sort of, it’s set in the 1980’s), the grandsons of the first couple, brought together by chance and happenstance. Actually a promising setup, but the execution left me somewhat underwhelmed. It’s not as if I actually hated the story; it was generally well-written and as I said, the basic idea was good. I liked both Jamie and Barclay—they’re obviously a good match—and I found their grandfathers’ fates touching. But the story as a whole seemed sketchy to me, like the outline for a longer work, with a narrative that was all telling, no showing. The characters remained distant. I actually felt more of a connection to the tragically separated grandfathers than to the present-day couple, TJ and Jamie. Many important things are dealt with off page or just stated as “that’s how it is”, so to speak; even the sex scenes are fade to black at best. Moreover, this story contained one of the most far-fetched cases of insta-love double GFY I’ve ever read, and the ending seemed contrived and too saccharine. Overall, I’m afraid I can’t in good faith fully recommend this story. reviewed for www.prismbookalliance.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julesmarie

    I'd purchased several of these and not gotten around to them the year they were released. 2014 was definitely not a good year for me with DSP's advent calendar. This was another one with themes I despise. (view spoiler)[No communication, no explanations, TJ takes his grandfather's ashes to Scotland and meets the grandson of the man his grandfather loved. And doesn't say why he tracked him down and stalked him. Just grabs him outside the pub where he works and forces himself on him. Blech. (hide sp I'd purchased several of these and not gotten around to them the year they were released. 2014 was definitely not a good year for me with DSP's advent calendar. This was another one with themes I despise. (view spoiler)[No communication, no explanations, TJ takes his grandfather's ashes to Scotland and meets the grandson of the man his grandfather loved. And doesn't say why he tracked him down and stalked him. Just grabs him outside the pub where he works and forces himself on him. Blech. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Goodell

    This is a story that starts when Trent Justin, TJ, has been given a mission by his Grandfather on his death bed. Now a couple of weeks before Christmas TJ find himself on his way to Inverness, Scotland. Then we get read a couple of letters telling us how in 1923 his Grandfather Justin and a male lover Tristan were separated never to meet up again. And Justin never forgot. While in Inverness TJ discovers that someone has been looking after the plot next to the one that TJ just rested his Grandfat This is a story that starts when Trent Justin, TJ, has been given a mission by his Grandfather on his death bed. Now a couple of weeks before Christmas TJ find himself on his way to Inverness, Scotland. Then we get read a couple of letters telling us how in 1923 his Grandfather Justin and a male lover Tristan were separated never to meet up again. And Justin never forgot. While in Inverness TJ discovers that someone has been looking after the plot next to the one that TJ just rested his Grandfather in, which happens to be the lost lover, Tristan. He finds that it’s the Grandson that his Grandfather was trying to find. TJ finds him and falls in love in with the younger man. For just 12 pages, this author packs in a ton of emotions! You cry, laugh, smile and cheer. It so much more than a normal GFY, as it’s pointed out to us. I will be looking up other stuff for sure. I was given a review copy of this story by Crystals Many reviews in exchange for an honest review

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Okay, I hated this less than other people. Everyone is right about the issues with this story. I would sum it up as too much story on too few pages. Maybe if it would have been longer, I would have had time to really dislike it. It came in the anthology, and I don't know about purchasing it separately, but as part of the set it was okay. Okay, I hated this less than other people. Everyone is right about the issues with this story. I would sum it up as too much story on too few pages. Maybe if it would have been longer, I would have had time to really dislike it. It came in the anthology, and I don't know about purchasing it separately, but as part of the set it was okay.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sadonna

    Had a hard time categorizing this as it seemed like it might have a fantasy/paranormal component, but in theend would classify it as Contemporary. Rather short and sweet and tied up with a nice bow - a bit unexpected considering the beginning :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katy Beth Mckee

    I really loved the story behind this one. A love that had to end but was never forgotten over time. One grandson who is willing to go the extra mile to honor his grandfather's wishes. Two men willing to take a risk and discover a love that seems to have been gifted to them from the past. I really loved the story behind this one. A love that had to end but was never forgotten over time. One grandson who is willing to go the extra mile to honor his grandfather's wishes. Two men willing to take a risk and discover a love that seems to have been gifted to them from the past.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mrsgeo

    Started out with a bit of potential (in spite of the openly gay letters written in the 1920s!) but rapidly declined after that. And what did it have to do with Christmas?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paws

    Beautiful story, but the execution didn't do it justice. Beautiful story, but the execution didn't do it justice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dutchgirl

    Sweet short Christmas story. I wish this was a longer story, i liked it but it's just to short to get in to the main characters. The beginning is very emotional Sweet short Christmas story. I wish this was a longer story, i liked it but it's just to short to get in to the main characters. The beginning is very emotional

  20. 5 out of 5

    LDL

    2.5

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dudley Sneddly

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bluesimplicity

  23. 5 out of 5

    France-Andrée

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda Parente

  26. 5 out of 5

    Secretly Reading

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan A

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda-Grace

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Driima

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