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Holidays: A New Life for Christmas by Liam Livings

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33383590-a-new-life-for-christmas?from_search=true

Blurb
A house exchange between two single men leads to a romantic new life for both of them.

Oliver and Kyle live thousands of miles apart, but each needs a break from his current life and love. Enter the Cloud B&B website, a wonderful new way to exchange homes for the holiday. They both muster their courage, and decide to visit another continent for Christmas.

In the UK, Oliver has been pining after his neighbour for far too long, living his comfortable but quiet life in a town in the New Forest. When his crush moves on in the worst possible way, Oliver is seduced by the chance to stay in fun-loving, sunny Miami.

In Miami, Kyle is a club owning workaholic, who suddenly discovers the man he lives with has been unfaithful. Yet again. As consolation, Kyle is tempted to see first hand the picturebook charm of the New Forest in winter.

Both of them find not just a new setting but a new romance. Oliver makes a big effort to shed his inhibitions and meets a musician, Mark, who plays in the Florida bars, and who may be just as cautious and polite as Oliver in making the first move.
And while Kyle’s trying to come to terms with England’s very different culture—and food!—he’s charmed by Oliver’s best friend Edward, who’s bold and sexy, but secretive.

Will Oliver take the leap of faith and encourage a lover who can and will give the commitment he deserves? And will Kyle find a man who can be loyal and also offer Kyle the family life he needs?

But perhaps more importantly—when Christmas is over, can a new life survive?

Review

Both Oliver and Kyle need a break from their everyday live so they swap homes. This story kept me wondering where was it going to go, after all both of them have responsibilities in their own country. Kyle owns a bar and Oliver owns an antique shop. Yet both are discontent with how their life is at the moment. They are both stuck in the same day to day pattern until they are encouraged to take a Christmas holiday. This is a duel story, a tale of two romances. Kyle meets Edward in England and Oliver meets Mark in Miami. Liam Livings shows his skill as a writer by keeping two very distinct voices of Kyle and Oliver very clear. The only character whose personality didn’t really shine through was Mark. I had a good sense of Edward and could empathise with him, the same with Kyle and Oliver but not with Mark. I also liked that this was a distinctly British story. The majority of it is set in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, with the idealised image of a country cottage and snow at Christmas. Even during the parts set in Miami they were from Oliver point of view. I found these parts amusing, the Brit abroad with all the miscommunications that entails. The epilogue was a nice surprise. Such a sweet happy ever after left me smiling.
This is a lovely story of the spirit of Christmas, family, friends and finding dreams do come true.

4 stars out of 5

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3.5 stars Angst Level Book Christmas Contemporary Dee Families/Weddings Gay Gay Handyman Heat Index Holiday Holiday Romance Hurt/comfort Insta Love Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Purchased Standalone writer

Holiday: Needing A Little Christmas by Silvia Violet

Amazon Link

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Discovering his boyfriend’s affair with a co-worker wrecks Eli’s holiday plans. With his parents on a cruise and his brother and sister out of town, he’s on his own. His mother insists he escape to her friend’s mountain cabin. Eli reluctantly agrees, but he takes off unprepared and ends up driving into the worst snowstorm the area has seen in years.
He survives the trip, but he’s stuck with no logs for the woodstove and little food. Fortunately, he gets the number for Mac’s Wood Delivery. Mac doesn’t mind riding to the rescue, and his deep, sultry voice has Eli eagerly anticipating the delivery. Is Mac the little bit of Christmas cheer Eli has been needing?

 

Review

Short, cute holiday story. Eli decides to escape to a rural cabin from well-meaning relatives after a break-up. He’s woefully ill-equipped for rustic cabin life, but help come in the form of Mac, a local who runs a wood delivery service. The attraction is immediate when they talk on the phone, at least for Eli, but is mutual when they meet.
Both men fall pretty quickly, but it felt comfortable, warm and believable. Both men are at a place where there is no need for games – and I liked that.
For a quick holiday read, this hits the spot.

3.5 stars out of 5

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Holidays: Twinkle Star by Nicki James

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Twinkle-Star-Nicky-James-ebook/dp/B07747V76C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510510696&sr=8-1&keywords=twinkle+star+by+nicky+james

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Blurb

Meet The Cast

Julian – Desert Dreams stagehand. Sexy, tall, manly, and deeply closeted. Age, 35.

Twinkle Star – Over-the-top, vibrant, and flamboyant actor. Age, 25.

It’s the last show of the season before Julian gets a much needed Christmas break… What could go wrong?
When diva actor Twinkle Star makes his appearance… life for Julian may never be the same.
Julian’s life demands subtlety, but when your secret is Twinkle Star, things get complicated.

Review

A closeted gay man falls for a diva called Twinkle Star. Just imagine how while working together. Julian tries to hide it from everyone else on the cast and crew of the small theater, but mostly from himself.
The author did a good job of telling the story. She set it up to happen in a 2week window and each chapter is the next day. You just feel for Julian. He has hidden all of his life. Sawyer, Twinkle Star, couldn’t hide if he tried. As things progress through the story Julian wants to be a better man, but it takes 2 major events to finally get him to admit to himself and his friends and colleagues he is gay.
The sexy times were plentiful and hot!

4 of 5 stars

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Christmas Bonus by EM Lynley

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Bonus-EM-Lynley-ebook/dp/B00R5TKM2U/ref=la_B002BO7UT2_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509316332&sr=1-19&refinements=p_82%3AB002BO7UT2

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 What happens when business turns to pleasure?

Alec Compton’s dream job at a Wall Street investment firm is on the line if he can’t close a make-or-break takeover deal by the end of the year.
The buyer is none other than world-renowned billionaire and corporate raider Brant Linton, recently named one of the hottest and most eligible gay businessmen. Electricity crackles at their first meeting, and Alec’s thoughts drift far from business, despite his distaste for Brant’s business practices.

When Brant takes off early to spend Christmas with his sister’s family on the exclusive French Polynesian island of Taha’a, Alec has no choice but to follow if he wants to get Brant to sign on the dotted line. But Brant’s sister has forbidden him from conducting business during the holidays and Alec must masquerade as Brant’s boyfriend lest she find out what they’re really up to.
Then business turns into pleasure, but neither Brant nor Alec know whether the other is there for the deal, or for something more personal.

Review

 A cute Christmas story, even though a good deal of it was spent on a tropical island ☺ (yes, I am jealous).
Poor Alec, he has to broker a deal to get ahead in his career. He meets with Brant, a businessman, but before Alec can start the ball rolling, Brant leaves for his holiday on a Polynesian island. Alec follows and when he gets there, ends up having to pretend to be Brant’s boyfriend. The attraction that both men feel for each blossoms into something more.
The story is well written, the characters are fun, especially the kids. Both men discover each other and more about themselves, enough for them to rethink their priorities.

3.75 stars out of 5

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3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Contemporary Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index Holiday Romance Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mild level angst Misunderstanding Mystery Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Part of a Series PTSD Teacher

One Word by Anne Barwell

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/one-word-by-anne-barwell-9001-b

Blurb

A Hidden Places story

Ethan Leavitt arrives in the idyllic village of Oakwood to search for a missing friend. Having always prided himself on his ability to find rational explanations, Ethan’s trust in concrete evidence and logic is tested by the mystery of Oakwood and Tomas’s disappearance.
Donovan Campbell’s happy, sometimes flippant, exterior hides a past he’d rather forget. As he struggles with his memories and to hold on to the inn he owns with his best friend, the last thing Donovan needs is for some guy he’s only just met to start getting under his skin. When a bank robbery escalates into a dangerous situation, Donovan must embrace a part of himself he can no longer ignore in order to save a future that might never have the chance to exist.
Ethan learns that often the person you’re looking for is not the one you find. But have he and Donovan both realized that too late…?

 

Review

I have not read the first two books in this series. The main characters in the first two books are Tomas and Cathal. The author states at the beginning of this book that it takes place during the final six weeks of Cat’s Quill, book one. Helpfully the prologue set the scene so I didn’t feel lost in the story. However the story seemed to be slow moving. Ethan is looking for any clues as to where his friend Tomas has vanished to. He disappeared just after his new boyfriend Cathal vanishes. Tomas was staying at the inn run by best friends Donovan and Heidi so Ethan stays there as well. Ethan and Donovan are attracted to each other but past experiences hold them back. Also the priority is finding Tomas. Running in the background is a bank robbery. The local police are on alert checking new people to the village. I liked how realistic it is. The relationship between Donovan and Ethan is not the tumble straight into bed type but the slow almost reluctant slide into a friendship and relationship. It does take most of the book but it feels so real and I was willing them get over their doubts and give love a chance.There is no sex but in my view it really isn’t needed. The prologue and epilogue tidies this story up and sets its context within book 1 and 2. So whilst I wouldn’t say it was a standalone story, there was enough to peak my interest in book 1 & 2, I also wouldn’t say it was a must to have read the other two books to enjoy this book.

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The Shipwreck by Rosalind Abel

 
Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Shipwreck-Lavender-Shores-Book-ebook/dp/B0762V1J2P/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1507219831&sr=1-1&keywords=shipwreck+rosalind

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Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name….

Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.

Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…

Review

Another well-written book in the Lavender Shores series. This is a standalone, but it helps to have read the others in the series, if only to keep track of the other couples, family members.
Lamont is a writer who longs to write under his own name, Tyler is a romance book cover model and a professional photographer. He also moonlights in adult entertainment – (Lamont doesn’t know this – yet). Lamont needs a boyfriend for a family gathering so Tyler offers his services, (as a fake BF for hire). Both men are already attracted to each other, but both have their reasons for not trying to act on the mutual attraction – Lamont is insecure about himself, age (older) and Tyler has to prove to Lamont that his attraction is not fake.
The romance develops smoothly, that is until Lamont finds out what else Tyler does for a living – it’s not the photography 😉
What I really liked about the story is that the MC’s are flawed like most real people. They need to work on themselves before they can be whole for anyone else. There is no magic fix – Lamont gets professional help for his insecurities, Tyler goes back to his other vocation (but with changes) and he takes a chance to make his dreams of being a photographer come true.
There is one little surprise – Lamont had a bit of a kink in him! But you have to read the book to see what it is ☺
I really liked this book.
4 out of 5 stars

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5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book class difference Contemporary Gay Heat Index Holiday Romance m/m May/December Mild level angst Morgan Music/Rock Star Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Secret Identity

Audiobook: The Undercover Rock Star: Bulletproof, Book 1 by Jenna Galicki Narrated by John Solo and Nick J. Russo

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Undercover-Rock-Star-Audiobook/B074XJHCTD

Blurb

A spur-of-the-moment vacation was supposed to jolt Cameron Douglas out of his funk, but it appears he only traded locations.
It was a chance meeting with a handsome stranger that changed everything. Brandon stirs Cameron’s interest and his heart, but will the mysterious man reveal his true identity before their vacation in paradise is over?
Sometimes life in the spotlight was a heavy weight to bear for Brandon Bullet.
He never knew if men were interested in him as a person or just enamored with his rock star status – until he meets Cameron Douglas.
It wasn’t often that Brandon shared a connection with someone who wasn’t aware of his notoriety. He’s determined to keep his identity a secret while the two of them get to know each other and before someone blows his cover.

Review
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Cameron is on vacation trying to get over an ex in Rio. He meets a “mysterious stranger” at a bar and they have an instant connection. One thing leads to another leads to hot sex back in the cabana! Eventually Cameron learns his “stranger” is a very famous rock star named Brandon Bullet (though Cameron isn’t familiar with the band) and the two face a decision over what happens next.

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This is a short story with a promise of more to come. So, with that in mind, and a HUGE GRAIN OF SALT, I give you this review:

I liked it! Sure, there was SO MUCH that was a bit (ahem) unbelievable, but it was FUN! I loved the idea of a hard rockin’ bunch of gay guys with tender hearts finding love on the beach in Rio. (I also kinda love this trope – the secret rich guy who sweeps the plain Joe off his feet…YUM!)

Cameron and Brandon also have unique chemistry in that both are a bit “alpha” and I like it when authors shake up those preconceptions. I also liked that being gay wasn’t “a thing” and that his being famous wasn’t really “a thing”. Instead it was two guys figuring out how their lives could mesh in a seemingly impossible circumstance. (Plus the smexy times were HOT!)

So… if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief and just have fun – give this one a go and look for more in the future.

(Ignore the cover 🙂  )

4 of 5 stars

Audio

I LOVED this! This is a “duet” narration, vs. “dual” narration, in that the narrators each use their own voice for one character the entire time, so it really sounds like the two MCs are interacting with one another!

Nick is great as the sexy Brandon, and John Solo does a nice job with the conservative Cameron.

I really enjoyed this and am hoping these two will do the entire series!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book class difference Closeted Contemporary Dreamspinner Exploration Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers Holiday Romance Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Insta Love lawyer long distance love m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Opposites attract Part of a Series Rowing/Boating Standalone

Ebb and Flow (Love’s Charter #2) by Andrew Grey

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ebb-and-flow-by-andrew-grey-8779-b

Blurb

To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.

As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.

Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. After all, his father has certain expectations, and him staying in Florida is not one of them. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart.

Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.

Review

I picked this up because I’d enjoyed the world building in book one and I thought it’d be great to see what was happening with our friend Billy Ray.

This story is pretty similar to Setting The Hook in that we have a “good ol Southern boy” meeting a “city slicker” and the two finding ways to mesh worlds once they fall in love.

There is a bit more drama and angst in this and I wasn’t as invested in these guys as a couple as I was in book one, but that could be due to reading this rather than listening.

It was enjoyable if not amazing and I’d recommend it to fans of the series and the author.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Tops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote

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Buy Link

https://jaynorthcote.com/my-books/tops-down-bottoms-up/

Blurb

Will Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?

Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?

All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.

When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?

length: 23,000 words approx
A much shorter version of this story was originally published in the Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology by Dreamspinner Press. This version has been revised and extended. Almost half of it is new content.

Review

This was a very fun, very sweet and somewhat informative novella and quick, light read.

If you’ve never heard of the Morris Dancers, like me, you’ll want to look them up! Now that I’ve read about them I wanted to see what the author was talking about and it’s so fascinating!

In addition to learning about the Morris Dancers, we get a quick story of “enemies to lovers” where we almost think it’s bound to be a one-night-stand – but we find out something entirely different!

Highly enjoyable!

4.25 (rounded up to 4.5) of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Cowboys Don’t Come Out (Cowboys Don’t: Book One ) by Tara Lain Narrated by K.C. Kelly

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cowboys-dont-come-out-by-tara-lain-8519-b

Blurb

Rand McIntyre settles for good enough. He loves his small California ranch, raising horses, and teaching riding to the kids he adores—but having kids of his own and someone to love means coming out, and that would jeopardize everything he’s built. Then, despite his terror of flying, he goes on a holiday to Hana, Hawaii, with his parents and meets the dark and mysterious Kai Kealoha, a genuine Hawaiian cowboy. Rand takes to Kai’s kid brother and sister as much as he drools over Kai, but the guy sports more prickles than a horned toad and more secrets than the exotic land he comes from.

Kai’s earned his privacy and lives to protect his “kids.” He ought to stay away from the big, handsome cowboy for everyone’s sake—but since the guy’s just a haole on a short vacation, how much damage can he do? When all of Kai’s worst fears and Rand’s darkest nightmares come true at once, there’s not much chance for two cowboys who can’t—or won’t—come out

Review:

A sweet wonderful holiday romance. All Rand ever wanted to be was a Cowboy so he became one setting up his own ranch. Kai is a paniolo, an Hawaiian Cowboy, its in his blood. Rand didn’t want to come on holiday with his parents over Christmas but when he gets there and meets Rand the sparks fly. The only trouble is both are in the closet, for very valid reasons, and both of them are stubborn. At times I wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to get on with it. I love the way Tara Lain gets you comfortable in a story letting you think you know what comes next them wham one big road block sending yin another direction. This story is just like that and what fun it is to.

KC Kelly has the perfect cowboy voice to narrate this story. Lovely silky voice for Rand and Kai’s accent works well. I quite liked the way he portrayed the children hyper Aliki and serious Lani. Overall a lovely story that brightened up a wet miserable day.

5 of 5 stars

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