Actor/Theatre adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Christmas coming of age Contemporary Exploration Friends to lovers Gay Ghost Heat Index Holiday Homophobia Hopelessly Crying m/m Magic Mid level steam/heat NetGalley New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Riptide Publishing Virgin

Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton



winter orangesBlurb

Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.


Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

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Jason Walker is a B list actor – he used to be a big star as a child actor but hasn’t really found his place as an adult in the industry. He moves to a small town to “get his head together” and decide where his career is going. At the new house he begins to see things and worries he may be going crazy. But eventually he comes to the conclusion that the house is haunted.

Ben “haunts” a snowglobe found in Jason’s house. Up until now, nobody has been able to see him, so he knows Jason is something special. Without giving away the magic in this story – I’ll let you know that they find a way to talk and even touch and this is how their relationship starts.

Eventually, both Jason and Ben worry that at some point their relationship has to end. There is a price to be paid for their love and one or both are afraid that death may be the cost.


What an absolutely amazing, beautifully written, totally unique and gorgeous story we have here!

Marie Sexton is a fantastic writer and she’s managed to one-up herself with this story. I think it stands as one of my favorite of hers and that’s saying a lot. (I’m a huge fan of her Coda series!)

I don’t want to give too much away, but the way she “solves” this mystical dilemma is both terrifying and wonderful. (Have no fear there is a very HEA in store for our guys!)

Ben is a beautiful character and I’m so glad he got his happy ending. Jason needed someone like him, pure, beautiful soul, sweet and hopeful to bring him back to himself. It was a joy to read about them finding one another and happiness.

I highly recommend this story to fans of the belief that love conquers all, that there are Christmas miracles, to sweet and sappy romance and to believers in magic.

5 of 5 stars


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