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adult - 18+

Holiday Review: Christmas According to Liam (According to Liam #2) by V.L. Locey

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49210166-christmas-according-to-liam

Blurb

First Christmas as Mr. & Mr.

What a magical and romantic time for newlyweds. Unfortunately, Bryn and Mike won’t be spending Christmas Eve cuddled up alone in front of a fire roasting chestnuts. They’ve been unexpectedly called upon to play Santa for Mike’s precocious nephew, Liam, when his mother and her boyfriend are called out of state to attend a funeral. It should be easy to make this holiday a special one despite the unforeseen upset, right? All it will take is love, laughter, a little romance, lots of hugs, and a heaping helping of patience when Old Kris Kringle leaves the easy assembly for someone else.

Review

While this was cute, it didn’t have the “amazing” factor for me that the original did.

It’s worth a read if you enjoyed book 1.

3 of 5 stars



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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Swept Away (Flash Rip #1.5) by Keira Andrews

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48344769-swept-away?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=VeeH1Urc3E&rank=1

Blurb

On Australia’s hottest beach, a lifeguard and surfer sizzle.

Barking Beach lifeguard Damian “Damo” Williams has never been with a guy. But he’s…wondered. Imagined. Fantasized.

While rescuing a terrified swimmer who threatens to overpower him, he gets unexpected backup from surfer Blake.

Then Blake asks him out.

Well, not in so many words, and since Damo’s always identified as straight, it’s not like it’s a date. Right? But here’s his opportunity to see what it would be like with a bloke. A muscular bloke who wears guyliner and sexy skintight clubwear when he’s not riding waves. A bloke with the confidence to give Damo exactly what he’s secretly been craving and leave him begging for more…

Swept Away is a bonus short story from Keira Andrews featuring characters from the novel Flash Rip. This free LGBT romance includes bisexuality exploration, first-time mm sex, and of course a happy ending.

Review

Swept away is a novella based off the Flash Rip story. It is very hot, very sweet and I hope that we get more about this couple in the future.  Highly recommended! 

5 stars


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adult - 18+

Holiday Review: Silver and Solstice by TJ Nichols

Dreamspinner Press
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/silver-and-solstice-by-tj-nichols-11569-b

Blurb
Calvin is good at two things: stealing and being the worst boyfriend
ever. He can’t help his sticky fingers, even though Rafe has pleaded with him
to stop. When a job goes horribly wrong, Calvin’s fate is in the hands of his
silversmith boyfriend.
Rafe has done everything he can to put distance between himself and the
restrictions of being a princeling. He has a craft, a shop, a shifter boyfriend,
and lives a completely disreputable life.
But to save Calvin from spending Solstice in a cage, Rafe will have to
step up and face his father, head of the city guard. Rafe’s father has had
enough of Calvin flouting the law. Shifters are supposed to be collared in the
city.
Calvin finally knows what to make for Rafe for solstice, though it breaks
the promise they made to each other….

Review

Calvin and Rafe have a special relationship but Rafe’s family is not pleased about the two men and how they are living. They believe that Calvin should know and stay in his place far away from Rafe. Yet the bond that Calvin and Rafe have cannot be broken or can it? Will one last job cost Calvin the love he shares with Rafe or will the two find a way to happiness?

This is a sweet and fast paced story. The characters are engaging, and I was pulled into the story right from the start. Love and trust is strong between Calvin and Rafe. Each man shows what a good man he truly is and is more than willing to sacrifice everything for the other man. The author has created a wonderous world full of magic and emotions. I wish it had been longer and that we got to see more form this couple.

3.5 stars


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adult - 18+

Holiday Review: A Stitch in Time by Asta Idonea

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-stitch-in-time-by-asta-idonea-11546-b

Blurb

When Connor’s friend signs him up for a crochet course, the last thing he expects is to find love. However, at the community center, he meets hunky Finn. There’s only one problem: Finn assumes Connor’s there for the boxing class, and Connor lets him believe it, worried Finn will ditch him if he knows Connor prefers crafting to upper cuts. Can they salvage the situation when the truth comes out?

Review

Very cute holiday romance with enough angst not to make it too cloyingly sweet. I really liked that both MC’s had such atypical hobby’s and the way they struggled to with (perceived) prejudices, even their own. The misunderstanding about why they’re both at the community center is resolved with some drama, but I really enjoyed how the author wrote that in. The writing flowed easily and was well-paced, never dragging nor rushing to cramp the necessary events into this novella-length story.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4


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adult - 18+

Holiday review: Rainbows in Sea Glass by Kim Katil

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rainbows-in-sea-glass-by-kim-katil-11591-b

Blurb

Kyle has loved James, his best friend’s older brother, for as long as he can remember. Unfortunately James is a player, and Kyle has no desire to be his latest conquest. When James suddenly turns the full weight of his charm on him, Kyle flees to Cape May Point to collect sea glass and Cape May diamonds to make a St. Nicholas Day present for his aunt.

James has always taken Kyle’s presence for granted and he’s shocked to find how integral Kyle is to his life and future happiness. Braving his family’s well-meaning attempts to help and a sudden winter storm, James heads to the shore to convince Kyle that the most precious thing they’ll find on the beach is each other.

Review

Nice enough story based on a promising trope with the MC finally getting a shot at his best friend’s brother, whom he’s been pining after for years.
However, it remained too formulaic and predictably corny, and even taking into account that it’s a novella, the story seemed a bit too rushed, with one particularly brusque jump between chapters that really bugged me. Both emotionally and physically the connection between the MC’s could have been developed better, now it all felt like a little too much too fast.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 2.5



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adult - 18+

Holiday Review: Love in 24 Frames by C.S. Poe

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/love-in-24-frames-by-cs-poe-11593-b

Blurb

Declan Groves is a CPA in New York City. His adult life is dictated by routine and borderline monotony. The need to express himself, in ways his career and crippling shyness have never allowed, leads Declan to becoming an amateur stop-motion filmmaker.

The one problem is that Declan is also in love with the Wandering Artist Studios receptionist Shota Watanabe. Shota has always had a smile and engaging comment ready for Declan, but even if it is more than casual politeness, Declan hasn’t been able to get out more than a tongue-tied sentence at a time. And a man like Shota surely has no intention of waiting forever.

So when an unexpected change to Declan’s daily schedule throws the two together outside of the studio, it might be the catalyst needed to explore what’s unspoken between them. But if they’re to have a future, Declan needs to find a way to tell Shota how he truly feels.

Review

Sweet holiday romance with two older MC’s. Declan is super shy and awkward and seeing him fumble his way through his (attempts at) conversations with Shota was quite cute. I liked how the relationship between the two men developed, unhurried, based on mutual liking and respect. Though still with quite a lot of nerves and worrying on Declan’s part. Near the end, things take an unexpected turn for the worse for Shota, but Declan comes to the rescue brilliantly and his 24 frames take care of the rest.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 3.5


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adult - 18+

Holiday Review: Christmas Ghosts by Jenn Moffatt

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/christmas-ghosts-by-jenn-moffatt-11562-b

Blurb

Dealing with the unexpected loss of his mother isn’t how carpenter Steve Browning planned to spend his Christmas. Hoping her costume jewelry can bring some happiness to others, he takes it to the local community theater, where he runs into his first love, Troy Baxter.

Troy’s trying to help his sister put on a gender-fluid version of A Christmas Carol, but no one on the cast or crew knows which end of a hammer to hold let alone use a power tool. Then a face from the past brings a present-day miracle… one that could lead to the happy future they both thought they gave up back in high school.

Review

This is a mellow second chance at love story, and I wasn’t blown away by it or the MC’s. The story builds up very slowly and the actual relationship-part of it felt sudden and rushed to me. I didn’t quite feel the magic between Troy and Steve.
I also didn’t much care for the fact that Troy had been back home so long, yet he didn’t reach out to Steve, not even when he was dealing with a devastating loss. It doesn’t really help sell the strength of their friendship or the love that supposedly still exists after all these years apart.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 2.5


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adult - 18+

Holiday Book: Reindeer Games (Ace’s Wild #6) by N.R. Walker

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48572398-reindeer-games?from_search=true&qid=JmiKhEZws7&rank=1

Blurb

Reindeer Games Definition: activities to exclude outsiders

Industrial-art student Leif Caldwell and his best friend win tickets to the hottest party in town, the annual masquerade Christmas gala at the upmarket nightclub, Evoque. Not a gig they could ever afford to attend or buy costumes for, so Leif makes their masks. Given the holiday theme and the play on words, he makes a set of striking reindeer antlers and intends to have the night of his life.

Vintage Ridge’s resident millionaire and owner of Evoque, Russ Quarrington, hates the holiday season because it reminds him of everything he’s lost. All the money and success in the world can’t fill the void in his heart, and this year he’s particularly bereft. With the gala looming, his personal assistant insists Russ attends and that he wear a mask that offers anonymity, and hopefully find some festive cheer. Bored with the guys in town and tired of men only wanting him for his money, he reluctantly agrees.

But when Russ sees a mysterious man with a magnificent reindeer antlers and mask, he’s instantly intrigued. Even when their masks are removed, Leif has no idea who Russ really is, and what Russ discovers is a man who understands him. And for the first time ever, a man who doesn’t want what Russ has. This time, it’s Russ who wants what Leif has, what money can’t buy.

Russ and Leif are about to learn that sometimes Reindeer Games are the only games worth playing.

Reindeer Games is a 42,000 word novella.

Review

Reindeer games is a very cute story. It’s a novella, taking place over the holiday season but not necessarily a Christmas story. I loved the art and the imagery discussed in the story.  The family stuff was sweet.  And the smexy times were hot!   It definitely built enough around the emotions to be very satisfying emotionally – as are all Walker’s stories. I really loved that both parties had some growing to do – one surrounding their art the other surrounding family and acceptance. I love that families come in all sorts sizes and make up. Highly recommended. Five stars.  —My only small complaint was that with all the art – the cover is pretty uninspired 🙁 

5 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: For a Unicorn’s Happiness (Legendary Shifters #2) by Catherine Lievens

Extasy Books

https://www.extasybooks.com/catherine-lievens/978-1-4874-2625-5-for-a-unicorns-happiness/

Blurb

Toby has known little more than loneliness since he was taken from his home and his family was killed. He’s a prisoner, forced to heal the members of the gang that bought him from the men who kidnapped him.

Until he’s not.

Camden didn’t expect to find out that Sam’s brother, the brother who was sold to a gang, is his mate. He’s not sure where to go from here. Toby is understandably wary and cautious, and most of the time, he won’t let Camden close enough to talk to him. Camden doesn’t have a problem giving him the time and space he needs, but they might not have much of it.

When the envoy from another pack arrives and demands Camden give up one of the unicorn shifters, Camden refuses, even though he knows the Rosewood pack doesn’t stand a chance. The pack is small, and its members aren’t warriors. He’s not about to give Toby or Sam up, but he has no idea how his people are going to deal with this—or if they’ll make it out alive.

Review

I did not read the first book but I don’t think you need to. This was pretty standard fated mate stuff but the romance was definitely weak. There is a lot of back and forth between the two MCs and not much to grab on to and trust that they would have anything in common or even really like one another.

I found it refreshing that Camden isn’t as “alpha” as you’d expect, but Sam is definitely hard to like.

All in all I was not really invested in this and I doubt I’ll look into more from the series. I was a little intrigued by the upcoming possible stories of the phoenixes but… I’m just not sure they’re enough to compel me to read on.

2.5 stars


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Recent Release: Hope (Forbes Mates #4.5) by Grace R. Duncan

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47897953-hope?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Miguel Garcia and Luis Rodriguez have been best friends all their lives. For the last year, they’ve been hiding the fact that they’re also destined mates. When Luis’s family finds out, they kick him out. Miguel’s family would keep them… except their alpha has been known to be downright violent against gay wolves.

With the help of Miguel’s mother, they set out to find a pack that will accept them. They run into more that a few obstacles before they end up in Denver, at the national wolf headquarters, meeting the alpha prime. They’re stunned to find, not only offers to join more than one pack, but that their struggle can shine light on a bigger problem–and make things better for LGBT wolves across the country.

Review

This is a super short and sweet addition to the awesome Forbes Mates series. I am not penalizing it for being too short but… I sure wish it’d been longer. The relationship between our MCs is already developed when we meet them it is merely finding it’s home throughout the book.

 

It’s lovely to see some familiar faces and it’s great to see these two sweethearts find their forever home.

 

Recommended to fans of the series and it’s probably ok for newbies too!

4.5 stars



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