I liked the atypical gender roles in this "Gift of the Magi" inspired story. Meg is a Mountie; her long-time lover Ryan, an artist, planned to follow her to her job, but was forced to stay home and take care of his orphaned younger siblings. Now that they no longer need him, he's ready to give up everything so Meg can continue to follow her dream -- not realizing that Meg has planned to make some changes herself.The importance of Meg and Ryan's respective callings, and their feelings for each other, came through well here. I was less impressed with the numerous sex scenes -- other than one dramatic one involving bondage and swings, they didn't seem that necessary. The writing and story overall felt unsubtle and obvious. 2 stars.