A Barb, the Zany Old Lady Advent Story Review: Holiday Hotel Hookup by Jeff Adams

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryWhen IT consultant, Marty, checks in at the hotel in Dallas where he’ll be spending a working vacation over the holidays, little does he know that one of the benefits actually greets him at the front desk.  Checking his phone before bed that night, he’s intrigued by a few local offers from Manhunt, a hook-up app he’s downloaded to his phone. One turns out to be the gorgeous man who checked him in, the hotel’s assistant manager, Jose, aka JJ.

Though they don’t get to hookup that night, they do get together the next night and discover they have a lot in common.  They end up spending more time together, including a gaming marathon with Marty’s friends on Christmas Day, during which JJ does some distracting and erotic things to Marty while he’s trying to play.

The author has created two very loveable characters who fit well together, and I enjoyed the witty banter and fun-loving escapades in and out of the bedroom.  The story ends with a hope for a bright future as these two career-oriented men face the realities of continuing a relationship and decide it’s worth the try.  I would love to see this story developed into a novel.  The characters were great and the possibilities endless.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 38 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781634769617
edition languageEnglish
seriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar

Reviews of Last Tree Standing by Julia Talbot and Yes, Darling by Dawn Kimberly Johnson

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Continuing my reviews of the Dreamspinner 2012 Advent Stories, here are two sweet stories for your Holiday Reading:

Last Tree STanding

Last Tree Standing by Julia Talbot

Rating: 3.75 stars

When Foster needs a Christmas tree at the last minute for his roommate’s little girl, he went to the only Christmas tree lot in town that still had a tree for sale.  But someone else got there and needed a tree too.  Dr. Levi McBride is in desperate need of a tree for the children in his cancer ward at the hospital when their supplier failed to show up.  Both men need the tree and work out a deal that will not only get each man the Christmas tree he needs, but just perhaps that romantic love both have been searching for.

Last Tree Standing is a sweet, endearing short story about two men finding each other at Christmas time.  Foster and Levi are both such lovely men and the mission they re on is a wonderful one, they each need a tree so as not to disappoint children at Christmas,  One for his roommate’s daughter whose dad didn’t pick her up for Christmas as planned and the other for sick children in a hospital.  As they compromise and find a solution to both their problems, the attraction between them grows until by the end of the night, they realize that they are also perfect for each other.  A short story with its heart in the right place.

 

 

Yes, DarlingYes, Darling by Dawn Kimberly Johnson

Rating: 3 stars

Coby Darling is back in town and his former lover, Baker Brockton is surprised to see him.  It has been a year since Coby left town after breaking up with Baker over his closeted status.  Coby wanted Baker to acknowledge that Coby was his boyfriend and Baker wanted to keep their relationship hidden as well as the fact that Baker was gay.  Now Coby is back to see if Baker has changed his mind and ready to renew their relationship if he has.

Baker is still firmly in the closet but Coby gives him one last chance at love.  Will Baker take it or will  Coby leave, this time for good?

I really wanted to like this story more than I did.  Johnson gives us two characters, only one of whom I liked.  The other, Baker, was just too much a cardboard character for me to make that job into believing his reasons to be closeted and for cutting off Coby to begin with.  Just the fact that Baker says he still loves Coby but is furious that the demands to be to be out are the same just didn’t make any sense.  And the device Johnson used to bring Baker to his senses was not radical enough for me to believe his change of heart.  Still, if you want to look no further than a simple love story between two young men who love each other above all odds, this just might be the one for you.

December is here, the year is almost over and the week ahead in Reviews

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Every year seems to go by more quickly than the last and 2012 is almost gone.  It has been a tumultuous time here at home,  in Maryland, and the entire northeast.  From the scorching heat and drought of the spring and summer months to the recent Derechos which brought high winds and flooding, it has been a regular smorgasbord of geological happenings and meteorological events.  We have had a major earthquake  from which the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument and other buildings have still not recovered from.  A heat wave and drought that killed much of the harvest from land and sea, with water levels down from lack of rain and snow to heat which baked the land and everyone on it.  We had high winds, tornados and of course flooding that still did not mitigate the low water table.  Really, 2012 has been our version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and it’s not over yet.

Amazingly it was a year ago yesterday when I rolled out by my first blog, scrambling to get my feet under me and figure out what I wanted to say, what I wanted to review, and everything in between.  It took me a while to get my voice and now the mutterings can’t stop!  The thoughts keep tumbling out, rolling over one another like pebbles in a stream caught in a swift current, some concerned with vocabulary, others focused on eBook covers and design and more still on book content, reviews to be exact.  I hope I have helped some of you find your way to new authors or rediscover old ones that you have forgotten.  Later this month I will be rolling out my Best of 2012 lists, from Books to Covers.  I bet you have been making your lists too.  Let me know what book(s) is on them, and do you have a favorite cover artist, like Anne Cain, or even a favorite model?  Inquiring minds and all that.

So here’s to the beginning of the end of 2012.  I love this time of year, so much to reflect on and yet so much still to look forward to, including the holidays no matter which one you celebrate.  I’ll be talking to you soon.  In the meantime, look what’s coming up this week:

Monday, 12/3:                             Private Dicks:Undercovers Anthology

Tuesday, 12/4:                             The Journal of Sanctuary One (Sanctuary #6) by RJ Scott

Wed, 12/5:                                    Crucible of Fate (Change of Heart #4) by Mary Calmes

Thursday, 12/6:                           Too Careful By Half, a Roughstock story by BA Tortuga

Friday, 12/7:                                 Eight Days by C. Cardeno (a Christmas story)

Sat., 12/8                                         3 Dreamspinner Christmas Advent Calendar stories

So now I will leave you with a Vodka Christmas Cake recipe. You simply have to try this…

Once again this year, I’ve had requests for my Vodka Christmas Cake recipe, so here goes.

Please keep in your files as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year!

(Made mine this morning!!!!)

1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
Lemon juice
4 large eggs
Nuts
1…bottle Vodka
2 cups dried fruit
Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality then Repeat.

Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Beat again.
At this point, it is best to make sure the Vodka is still OK. Try another cup just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put it in the bowl a piece at a time trying to count it. Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver Sample the Vodka to test for tonsisticity.

Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something. Check the Vodka. Now slift… shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl through the window.

Finish the Vodka and wipe the counter with the cat ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~