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❄ Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan ❄

I love the holiday season (not so unusual there I guess!) and reading all the wonderful books that are filled with stories of love and sharing the Christmas spirit. In the lead up to Christmas I will post reviews for Xmas themed m/m romances and in case you are a fan of carols, a link so that you can listen while you read.

The first story is Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan which has a wonderful Christmas Eve happy ending! And of course the first carol is Let It Snow by Boyz II Men!

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The Minnesota Snow Series:

  • Let It Snow (book #1) – in this review
  • I’m actually not sure about the rest of the series! 🙂

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Let It SnowLet It Snow by Heidi Cullinan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.

So what did I think?

A fairy tale with lots of Christmas spirit! Let It Snow was a cute and sweet take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears as Frankie finds the bear that is just right for him!

Frankie’s car runs off the road in a snowstorm, and he finds shelter in a cottage in the woods which comes complete with oatmeal and three lumberjacks. It’s big, grumpy Papa Bear that grabs Frankie’s attention.

Frankie and Marcus couldn’t be more different in outward appearance. Big, strong, hairy Marcus and the much slighter and effeminate Frankie. There are other differences too. Marcus wants to live in his small town near his ailing mother and Frankie likes the safety of his large city existence.

My only small niggle with the story was Frankie’s continued mentioning that he was ‘swishy’ and not manly. It continued a bit too much for me. Although I loved the little twist when Marcus was in touch with his own feelings and wanted to be the one who was treated like a princess!

Being stuck in a blizzard, in close proximity with each other, ensures they give in to the temptation for some passionate sex but it the emotional barriers that they need to overcome. Marcus has been hurt in the past and Frankie is afraid of living in a small and potentially prejudiced community. But this is a fairy tale and it’s Christmas so of course all works out in the end for a wonderful…..and they lived happily ever after!

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To find out more about Heidi Cullinan and her books visit her website.

Buy Let It Snow from Amazon.

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The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton

The Ranch ForemanThe Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

When Madison “Matty” Ward finds himself out of work and without a place to live, his cousin comes through with a job on the Gates cattle ranch. Despite not knowing anything about herding cattle or taking care of horses, Matty does his best to impress the older hunky foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth. Baxter is drawn to the new young hand, but he’s deeply closeted, and after an openly gay veterinarian shows he’s interested in Matty, Baxter’s repressed feelings lead to an explosive encounter. Baxter then withdraws—leaving Matty feeling angry and used—until an accident forces him to confront his fears.

So what did I think?

The Ranch Foreman has a fairly standard plot – closeted foreman meets new guy on the ranch – but I was still looking forward to reading it. It was a pleasant way to pass an hour or two but I could tell I really wasn’t totally into the story when I found myself spending time trying to visualise strange sexual positions (from a practicality not erotic perspective!) rather than focusing on the characters and emotions.

I just didn’t warm to either of the characters and found their falling for each other hard to believe. I could understand the physical attraction and the sex but I didn’t see the basis for anything more. Their first sexual experience was a bit off-putting and not the ideal way I would have liked to see the relationship start. So while I enjoyed reading the story, I wasn’t emotionally engaged.

Back to the weird sexual positions…Baxter and Matty hook up ‘anonymously’ at a public rest stop. Baxter crouched in his cubicle, putting his important bits under the stall partition. Matty also squats and proceeds with the bj. All I kept thinking is that either the partition didn’t make it very far to the ground, or Baxter must have had really flexible hips to get his knees out of the way to get close enough to get his bits under. Matty must have got a really sore neck from bending and how did they both not just loose balance and fall on their asses! Obviously I am not very experienced at public toilet sex!

I am going to check out some other books from this author so have just bought My Handyman and Salvation.

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To find out more about Rob Colton and his books visit his website.

Buy The Ranch Foreman from Amazon.

Buy The Ranch Foreman from Dreamspinner.

 

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Windfall by Amanda Young

WindfallWindfall by Amanda Young

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Landon and Daniel have been best friends since grade school. Through thick and thin, they’ve always been able to rely on each other. So it only seems natural for Landon to step in and offer assistance when Daniel has a run of bad luck.

Moving in together and splitting the bills seems like a simple solution to Daniel’s financial problems. However, sharing close quarters makes it difficult to keep less than platonic feelings on the down low.

The line between friends and lovers blurs during a late night moment of weakness fueled by alcohol, leaving both men on uneven ground. Just when they think they have things worked out and might have a shot at something more than friendship, a sudden, shared windfall provokes all new complications that could end more than the new physical side of their relationship.

So what did I think?

“I have been happier in the past week than I ever imagined possible and it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the money. You’re the real prize, The lottery was just a bonus.”

Windfall is a feel-good story, a pleasant escape into a world where it is possible to win the lottery and also get the man of your dreams at the same time!

I got this book as a freebie from All Romance eBooks but at the time of writing this review it is no longer on sale. However at only a couple of dollars, it’s still not bad value for a sweet friends-to-lovers story. Daniel and Landon have been friends for a long time and Landon secretly loves Daniel. When circumstances bring them together, Landon moving in to help Daniel get through a rough patch, Daniel starts to realise he has feelings too. These guys are pretty hot together and there’s a little bit of drama thrown in too.

I really enjoy a friends-to-lovers story so a nice way to spend an hour or so!

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To find out more about Amanda Young and her books visit her website.

Buy Windfall from Amazon.