A Stella Review: Yours For The Holiday by DJ Jamison

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RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

Fresh off a break-up, Remy is in no mood to share a room with his brother’s best friend during a holiday stay at home. Jason Hendricks has always treated him like a little brother to tease and taunt, all the more embarrassing because Remy has secretly crushed on the jerk since puberty. But when Jason confides he’s bisexual, Remy realizes the crush he loves to hate could be the perfect rebound.

Jason has always found Remy appealing. He didn’t handle his attraction well when he was younger, but now Remy’s a grown man and Jason’s no longer afraid of his feelings. Some playful flirtation sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving break, but he’s not prepared for Remy’s newfound sex appeal or his decision to make Jason his rebound fling. Jason doesn’t want to risk fallout with a family that’s always been there for him, but he’s not sure he can resist.

When the two part ways, they don’t plan to stay in touch, but soon they’re texting, trading sexy pictures and helping each other cope with family drama. Remy agrees to be his for the holiday, continuing their secret fling over Christmas, but Jason knows that won’t be enough. He’ll have to find the courage to be open and honest with his best friend — and the whole Wells family — if he wants a chance at love in the new year.

Yours For The Holiday was a huge success to me, yes I love holiday stories, but what I love more is the “enemies to lovers” trope, especially when it’s so well done like this one. IMO the author delivered a lovely and real book. I ended up truly enjoying it.

The novel was well written and engaging, I love how the writing was focused on the MCs approaching lovers and not more as enemies, even if sparks still flew between them, it was another kind of spark.

I particularly liked how Jason, once he realized something more could finally happen with Remy, started to wooing him until he knew Remy was his. He never lost the hope and the intention. And then the second characters, family and friends, played an important role in the story, supporting the MCs and helped the plot to be more realistic.

The author did great with this new release cause I felt the characters, I heard their feelings always and laughed with them a lot. I have to say I was sad when it ended, perfect ending but I wanted them to be with me a little more. Highly recommended.

The cover art is simple, I like it.

Sales Link:  Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 168 pages

Published November 20th 2017

ASIN B077GNH1B4

Edition Language English

A Caryn Review: The Mistletoe Kiss by Ruby Moone

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Another lovely little piece of holiday fluff!  With just enough Victorian flavor to make you think about Dickens without becoming a parody of A Christmas Carol.

Christy Shaw is a young man who came back from the Napoleonic wars to find his father dead, and his mother remarried to an abusive drunkard.  Jobs were hard to come by, and it sounds like Christy was pretty much homeless when he found a cosy little bookshop in which to come in out of the cold.  The proprietor of the bookshop, Lawrence Fenton, offered him a job, and over the following months – maybe about a year? – Christy made himself indispensable.  He found ways to make the shop more inviting, which led to more profits, and eventually he was there full time, and usually for a few hours before opening, just to enjoy spending time with Mr. Fenton.

Lawrence Fenton was a widower who had pretty much given up on happiness, and was just existing from day to day when Christy started coming into his shop.  There was something about Christy that just drew him, and although he tried to remain somewhat distant and aloof, he started looking forward to spending time with Christy, and anticipating his needs.  Little by little he learned more about Christy, and offered more of himself, until the working relationship within the store was a joy to both of them.  They both also secretly pined after the other, but didn’t dare let that interest show.

The Christmas season in this version of Victorian London was just as busy for retailers as our modern Christmas shopping season is, and just as much in need of appropriate decoration.  Christy was the man to take care of that – charming, vivacious, and energetic, to Lawrence’s shy, protective, and businesslike attitude, and when the decorations included a bit of mistletoe, why, it felt natural for Christy to give Lawrence a swift peck on the cheek.  But that little peck changed everything…

The secondary characters of Christy’s mother, her abusive husband, and the kind elderly widow who became a regular of the shop allowed a little side plot to develop – that of how family and neighbors react to violence against women and children, and that, I think, was handled a little bit more realistically to the era – i.e. husbands could basically do what they wanted without fear of reprisal.  The transformation of the bookshop into a little Barnes and Noble clone, not so much.  The characterization was a little inconsistent – Christy exhibiting some alpha male behaviors, and Lawrence getting ready to use his ninja fighting skills – but it wasn’t too hard to overlook and just enjoy the general sweetness of the story.

Cover art by Written Ink Designs was OK, nothing inspired, and the models certainly don’t seem to be like either of the MCs.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book Details:

ebook, 89 pages
Published December 9th 2017 by JMS Books LLC
ISBN139781634865531
Edition LanguageEnglish

A Kai Advent Release Day Review: All Creatures Great and Small by Kasper Quill

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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Growing up an orphan meant Charlie never celebrated Christmas. He’s committed to making sure his newly adopted cat, Max, doesn’t miss out like he did. Unfortunately, he discovers that giving Max the perfect Christmas might be easier said than done—and not without risk.

Charlie’s landlord, successful and wealthy real estate developer Aemon Scotfield, is charmed by the gorgeous redhead and his shameless alley cat. He finds himself compelled to help orchestrate a memorable celebration for Max—and Charlie—despite the mishaps that seem to just keep coming. As difficult as it will be to pull off the perfect holiday, the real challenge might be walking away when it’s over.

Guys, think of a super silly, but charming and adorable Christmas story. All Creatures Great and Small is just like that!

This book was my first holiday read in this season and I really enjoyed it! 

I don’t know why, but I do love all the Christmas stories. I’m such a sappy this time of year. Don’t judge! Lol

 The story started with Charlie in a motivational lecture where the speaker was trying to sell the slogan “small risks lead to great rewards”. Charlie couldn’t help but be intrigued by it since he never took any risk in his life. He was that type of person who did always the same thing every day. Then, on his way home, he had a little accident with a street cat and with the motivational slogan in mind he decided to adopt the little creature.

Charlie was such a sappy with the cat, Max, and that was so cute! He would buy presents for Max. Would take hundreds of pictures of the little animal and would proudly show around. It was adorable.

Since Charlie lived in a Condo, he needed to pay an animal deposit now that he was the owner of a little cat. When Charlie’s landlord, Aemon,  arrived to take the deposit, he was immediately charmed with how much Charlie wanted to make Christmas special for his new animal. Aemon decided then to help Charlie to make a really good Christmas for Max.

Of course, there was an attraction between Charlie and Aemon, but I won’t give you any spoiler. Don’t even ask!

What I can say is that I really liked the characters and their interaction, the subtle evolution in Charlie taking risks and the silliness of the novella.

 It’s a super short and adorable Christmas story. If you are looking for something like that, go there and read it. I hope you enjoy!

The cover by Paul Richmond is generic for the Christmas and doesn’t fit this story, but it shows a nice Christmas spirit.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner |  Amazon

Book Details:

Ebook: 34 pages
Publication: December 01st, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press.

An Alisa Review: The Christmas Eve Cragislist Killer: A Holiday to Remember by Jill Wexler

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5
The public library’s computer geek, aka Travis, is content skirting the edges of social interaction. He’s fully committed to being a boring, twenty-something IT guy who likes his office more than people, a guy someone like Connor would never fall for. Connor, who works on the library floor as a page, is outgoing, social, and charming and everything else that stands for “fun.”
An interaction between the two at the library on Christmas Eve has Travis accidentally mentioning that he failed to find this year’s hottest toy for his nephew. Immediately, Connor goes on a quick hunt online, and finds one. The only problem is that the Craigslist seller is hours away and Travis is sure spending hours in a car with quirky, handsome Connor can only end badly.
This was cute.  Travis hasn’t had all that much experience with guys and hasn’t had all that much luck, he wants to give his nephew something to help him relate to others his own age as he sees himself in the boy.    This gives Connor the perfect opportunity to get to know the man he has been attracted to.  I enjoyed their playful banter and the friendship they began on their trip.  Both of them are adorable and I’m glad they finally had something that pushed them together.
The cover art by Catherine Dair is great and is perfect for the story.
Sales Link: Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, ~9,000 words
Published: December 18, 2017 by Mischief Corner Books
Edition Language: English

A Lila Advent Release Day Review: Trading Tridents by C. M. Taylor

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

DecemberCon 2017. John Perlan, aka YouTuber “SmileyNibor,” has come to the con for one reason and one reason only: to see his idol, actor Derek Kitow. And since Derek has announced he’ll be dressed as the original Aquaman, Perlan decides to come as the Aquaman reboot. It helps that he already has the beard and the bod to make a convincing Momoaman.

But when Derek Kitow makes his entrance, he recognizes Perlan from his tiny YouTube channel and wants him onstage! Has Kitow been following him online? Could SmileyNibor’s hero also be a fan? And what exactly does Kitow have in mind by inviting Perlan to meet him after the panel?

Trading Tridents is different than any other holiday story I have read before but it falls short to deliver a warm tale. The premise is interesting and the beginning promising until the action starts. Everything moves too fast and no amount of suspension of disbelief can keep the reader believing in the couple.

Yes, it’s a quick steamy read with lots of possibilities, an interesting cast, and an atypical story for the season, but unfortunately, it’s not enough. Perhaps, less kink and more sweetness would have worked better for such a short story.  I do appreciate all the pop culture references and cosplay dynamics, though.

The cover by Paul Richmond is the standard for this year’s collection. Cute, but a bit too cartoonish for my taste.

Sale Links: Dreamspinners | Amazon | NOOK

ebook, 32 pages
Published: December 1, 2017, by Dreamspinners Press
ISBN: 9781640803039
Edition Language: English

Review Tour and Giveaway for Ruby Moone’s The Mistletoe Kiss

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 26,600 words
 
Publisher: JMS Books
 
Blurb


By 1816, widowed bookseller Lawrence Fenton has spent a lonely lifetime hiding who he is. He has convinced himself his feelings for his far too young, gorgeous, but troubled assistant Christy Shaw are nothing more than pride in his protégé and concern for his plight.


Christy’s life involves walking fine lines: one between his mother and his abusive stepfather, one where he must keep his needs hidden, and hardest of all, one where he must keep his feelings for his serious employer to himself.


Lame since birth, Lawrence cannot imagine anyone wanting him, least of all Christy. But when Christy’s life threatens to spiral out of control, Lawrence steps in. Then Christy’s emotions spill over into a kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas. Will Lawrence be able to face the long-buried truth about himself and keep Christy by his side?

 



December 12 – Cupcakes & Bookshelves, Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings, Sexy Erotic Xciting
December 14 – Valerie Ullmer, BooksLaidBareBoys, Urban Smoothie Read
December 18 – My Book Filled Life, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
December 20 – Hearts On Fire Reviews, MM Good Book Reviews
December 22 – Drops Of Ink, Bayou Book Junkie, Au Boudior Ecarlate, Making It Happen

 

Author Bio
 

Ruby lives in Lancashire in the northwest of England. All through school she was told she would never get anywhere if she didn’t stop daydreaming. Eventually it occurred to her to write down the daydreams, and voilà! The beautiful men in her head came to life. Ruby writes historical and contemporary gay romance but has a definite weakness for handsome men in billowing white shirts, breeches, and cravats. Oh, and she loves tea. Lots of tea.



Facebook – Ruby Moone
Twitter – @RubyMooneWriter
Website and Blog – www.rubymoone.com
Email ñ rubymoone@gmail.com

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Release Blitz – Nell Iris’ Unexpected Christmas (excerpt and giveaway)

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | JMS
 
Length: 13,527 words
 
Publisher: JMS Books
 
Blurb
 

Daniel Erickson stormed out of his family celebration after choking on turkey served with a side of bigotry. Utterly miserable, he reluctantly lets himself be charmed by the hulk of a man and gets into the stranger’s car … hoping he won’t be axed before the night is through.


Axel Wilson — Ax for short, unfortunately — is a sweetheart. Really. He may be badass-looking but his heart melts into goo at the mere mention of his four-year-old niece. Surely he isn’t dangerous?


Thrown together by family drama, the two men spend the evening getting to know each other. Axel is nothing like Daniel expected. But it doesn’t matter that he loves poetry, is gentle and patient — and hot! — Daniel is absolutely not falling in love at first sight. There’s no such thing.


Right?

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A few minutes later, a vehicle approached from behind. Reacting instinctively, I turned around and waved my arms, hoping the big truck would stop and have mercy on my freezing ass.


I let out a giddy yelp as it slowed down, but it got stuck in my throat when the driver rolled down the window.


He was huge and couldn’t hold his head upright without banging it on the ceiling. Big steel gauges adorned both his ears — at least an inch and a half wide — and his hair was black and so closely cropped it resembled a five o’clock shadow more than an actual haircut.


“You need a ride?” he asked and his voice was deeper than the Mariana Trench, perfectly matching his frightening appearance. Black tattoos crept up his neck and snaked down his hands below his sleeves. His shoulders were wide, his muscles strained the sleeves of his thick black jacket, and his cheeks were hollow. I was one second from shitting myself.


“I’m not riding with a serial killer!” The words slipped out of my mouth and I groaned. I couldn’t have kept my mouth shut for five fucking seconds to avoid being chopped up and thrown to the wolves?


He threw his head back and let out a thunderous laugh.


“What’s so goddamned funny?” I glared at him, but he didn’t seem to care.


“I’m no serial killer.”


“And I’m just supposed to take your fucking word for it?” I raised an eyebrow. I knew I was being combative and taking out my frustration on this stranger, but I couldn’t stop myself.


“You could call my ma for references.”


“Ha ha. Very funny.” With a deep sigh, I resigned to my fate and started walking again. No way was I getting into a car with that mammoth of a man.


“Where you goin’?” he called after me. When I didn’t bother to answer, he eased off the break and let his truck crawl after me.


I swirled around. “Stop following me, you creep,” I hissed.


He let go of the steering wheel with one hand and held it up as if he surrendered. “Look, man. It’s freezin’. You’re wet and miserable. Get in the truck and lemme take you wherever you’re goin’.” His deep voice was surprisingly gentle. Non-threatening, as if he’d come to expect reactions like mine.


“I’m really not a bad guy.” He stuck out his lower lip in a pout that would have made a five-year-old girl green with envy and I had to bite my lip to stop a smile from erupting.


“Really?” I tried to hang on to my mistrust, but he made it hard. His appearance screamed RUN AND HIDE, but there was something soft in his eyes that told a different story.


He shot me a crooked smile. “It was worth a try. It works on my niece every time.”


The fucker knew all the right words to say to disarm me. “And how old is she?”


“Four.”


I huffed out a reluctant chuckle. “Well, you know how it is. Everyone always says how they couldn’t believe their neighbor was a serial killer because he seemed like such a nice guy.”


His eyes grew big and round. “You’re sayin’ you don’t trust my niece as a character witness?” He sounded as I’d just delivered the biggest insult of his life, but the amused glint in his eyes told me it was all for show.


“Can you blame me?”


“I guess not.” He sighed and grew serious. “Please. I couldn’t live with myself if I left you here to freeze to death.”


My body screamed at me to take him up on his offer. The ice pellets were relentless and I was soaked and gloomy and was starting to feel like maybe being ax murdered wouldn’t be the worst thing that could happen to me right now.


The openness in his posture and honesty in his eyes had me on the verge of caving. “You promise you won’t kill me?” I sounded like a scared little kid even to my own ears.

Author Bio
 

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. Sheís a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldnít dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along but letís face it, sheís not Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!


Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.


Nell is a 40-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, where she spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her life long dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.


Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, and wants to write diverse and different characters.


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Riptide Publishing’s Tour and Giveaway: Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo

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Outside the Lines (Bluewater Bay #22) by Anna Zabo
Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Read an Excerpt/Buy it Here at Riptide Publishing

About Outside the Lines

Miniature artist Ian Meyers has one week to rebuild his damaged set. Needing help, he goes to End o’ Earth, the local comic and gaming shop. Owner Simon Derry pushes all of Ian’s buttons, and he also has steady hands and the skills Ian needs.

Before they can even grab a beer, Ian meets Lydia Derry, Simon’s wife. If Ian had any interest in women, he’d suggest a threesome, but then Simon explains that he and Lydia are polyamorous, and if Ian wants Simon, neither of them will complain. If anything, Lydia encourages the relationship.

Ian’s all in, and it’s fantastic working with Simon to piece together his set and then take each other apart at night. His friendship with Lydia grows too. The only problem is, the more time he spends with Simon, the more he wants everything Simon already has with Lydia: A house. A cat. A commitment. So Ian runs, and shatters the trust he has with them both—right when they need him the most. Piecing their relationships back together might prove harder than a smashed set.

Available now from Riptide Publishing!

About Bluewater Bay

Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.

Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield,  Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, Jaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.

Check it out at Riptide Publishing!

About Anna Zabo

Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.

Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania. As a child they were heartily disappointed to discover that they couldn’t grow up to be what they wanted (a boy, a cat, a dragon), so they settled on being themself whenever possible, which may be a combination of a boy, a cat, and a dragon. Or perhaps a girl, a knight, and a writer. Depends on whom you ask. They do have a penchant for colorful ties and may be hording a small collection of cufflinks.They can be easily plied with coffee.

Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where they fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. They also have a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Twitter: @amergina

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To celebrate the release of Outside the Lines, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!