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❄ Blame It One The Mistletoe by Eli Easton ❄

This is a totally wonderful and highly recommended Christmas novella!

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Blame It On The MistletoeBlame It On The Mistletoe by Eli Easton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.

It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn’t understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.

Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.

So what did I think?

Blame It On The Mistletoe was a totally wonderful story! This is one of those stories where the characters are just so gorgeous you want nothing more than for them to get together. In this case it is Mick and his roommate Fielding who are jut meant to be together.

Mick has given up football and endless meaningless sex with girls who don’t mean anything to him, to focus on his study and this has meant moving from the dorm with all it’s distractions.

Fielding is his flatmate. Fielding is a genius with a sheltered upbringing, dorky but cute and very naive. But it is Fielding and his strange request “I’m not asking you to kiss me because you want to. I’m talking about a simple transference of skills. The way you taught me running.” that ignites feelings in Mick that he has never felt before.

Mick tries to resist, he’s not gay after all, but can’t get the thought of kissing Fielding out of his mind. And oh, what a kiss! I loved the description of Mick and Fielding together – it just seems so right! Of course, kissing Fielding doesn’t allow Mick to now put it out of his mind. Once h’s had a taste he just wants more.

Mick struggles with his feelings for Fielding and I adored his friend Samantha’s response and advice.
“But, Sam, I don’t want to be gay. I mean, obviously I must be bisexual, but that doesn’t mean I have to choose to be with a guy. Seriously, think about it. If you had a choice would you choose to love your life as a gay person and put up with a bunch of bullshit from people?”
“If I loved someone, and that made me gay, then yes!”

Sweet characters, gorgeous gay-for-you, hot first kisses, public displays of affection, coming out….it all adds up to a great story!

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To find out more about Eli Easton and her books visit her website.

Buy Blame It On The Mistletoe from Amazon.

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Today’s Christmas Song…..Meet Me Under The Mistletoe!

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Pre-release review: Love in the Shadows by Dylan Madrid

Love in the ShadowsLove in the Shadows by Dylan Madrid

My rating: 2.5/3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Quintin Pearson, an American living in London, has spent the last two years working as a magazine staff writer and nursing a broken heart. Craving a change in his quiet life, Quintin accepts an invitation to an exclusive party hosted by Regina Bremington, the U.S. ambassador’s glamorous wife. At the party, terror takes over when the electricity suddenly goes out and the ambassador is assassinated. In the safety of a dark bedroom, Quintin meets a mysterious stranger named Luca, an Italian spy. Even though the two men can’t see each other, a spark is ignited that soon becomes a mutual lust. Within days, Luca arranges for them to meet again at a remote seaside town in Belgium. There, Luca confesses his true identity and convinces Quintin they must team up to bring the ambassador’s killer to justice.

So what did I think?

Love in the Shadows was a really difficult book to rate as I felt quite conflicted about it. On one hand it was totally confusing and definitely not realistic but on the other, if I parked my confusion and disbelief, I didn’t mind the author’s style.

This is a mystery thriller, with mystery being the key word. I was largely baffled by the story the whole way through. Quiet, mild-mannered Quintin meets the wife of the US Ambassador and gets invited to a party where the ambassador is assassinated. Quintin is promptly sucked into the world of espionage.

The story prompts lots of questions. Why did Quintin’s boyfriend disappear? Why did Regina invite Quintin to the party after only exchanging a couple of words? Why did Quintin instantly feel attraction to Luca when they only met for a moment in pitch blackness? What sort of man would drop everything to travel around the world (seemingly without a passport!)? What was the point of travelling to Belgium, couldn’t the meetings have just taken place in London? Why did Quintin have to get involved at all? Who is masterminding the whole thing? and so on, and so on, and so on……

I think I could have just accepted the story for what it was, I could have ignored the craziness of the spy games, I could have even accepted that two men fell in love with Quintin during the course of one week, but the ending! Argh! The unresolved question of who Quintin chose to be with – annoying and frustrating! If this had been resolved then I it would have been a 3 star story but it is more like 2.5 due to the ending!

I understand that this maybe the first book in a series and if it is, I suggest waiting to read this one until the next is released. That way, hopefully, the issues with the ending are avoided.

An advance copy of this book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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To find out more about Dylan Madrid and his books, visit his website.

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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The Dark Horse series by Kate Sherwood ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Totally fabulous menage! The Dark Horse series by Kate Sherwood…

  1. Dark Horse
  2. Out of the Darkness
  3. Of Dark and Bright

Plus there are eight short stories between these three main books.

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Dark Horse (Dark Horse, #1)Dark Horse by Kate Sherwood

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Dan thinks about just driving, leaving the whole mess behind. He’s got enough money. He could just arrange to get his stuff and his horse shipped to wherever he’s going. Taking off is what he used to do when things got to be too much, and it worked pretty well, really.

Dan Wheeler thought he’d found lasting love and stability with his life and work partner, Justin Archer. But when Dan finds himself alone again, still working as a horse trainer for Justin’s parents, he has to find a way to accept that his perfect life is gone forever.

Then he meets billionaire Evan Kaminski, who arrives to buy a horse for his younger sister, and Evan’s lover Jeff Stevens, a horse trainer who seems to understand more than just Dan’s job. Struggling to deal with all the upheavals in his life, Dan finds himself drawn to both Evan’s mercurial passion and Jeff’s quiet wisdom. Is Dan strong enough to take a chance on new love, or would it be better—safer—for him to be alone?

So what did I think?

Part One (5 stars) of Dark Horse is primarily focused on Dan, a man who is going through an extreme emotional period in his life. His story is emotional and heart-breaking (to the point of tears as it was so easy to feel his pain). During this time, a work related matter leads to Dan meeting Evan (a billionaire) and his lover Jeff.

Part Two is focused on Dan taking a chance and getting on with his life. He starts a new job, meets new people and gets to know Evan and Jeff as well as Evan’s family.

Written in present tense (a bit strange at first but surprisingly easy to get used to), the M/M/M sexual component doesn’t begin until the very end but this book is more about the relationship development, concerns and emotions. It will be interesting to see how the relationship develops in the sequel.

Overall 4.5 stars!

Out of the Darkness (Dark Horse, #2)Out of the Darkness by Kate Sherwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Sequel to Dark Horse “It’s hard enough with two people. Throwing a third into the mix is… I don’t know, doesn’t it seem like we’re asking for trouble?” It hasn’t been easy, but horse trainer Dan Wheeler is beginning to build a new life for himself, finding his place in California with his lovers Evan Kaminski and Jeff Stevens. When things are going well, it’s spectacular: there’s affection, humor, and passion. But things don’t seem to go well all that often. Dan continues to struggle with the loss of his previous lover and sometimes doubts that he even deserves to be happy; Evan is jealous of every rival for Dan’s attention-including Jeff; and Jeff worries that he’s too old for the younger men and wonders if he should bow out completely. Despite his resolutions, Dan has grown attached to the other two men, but he’s not sure that’s enough. He knows that it hurts to be together-he needs to decide whether it would hurt even more to be apart.

So what did I think?

The first book, Dark Horse, ended with Dan, Evan and Jeff just starting out to develop their relationship. This sequel focuses on how they each handle being involved in the three-way relationship. They struggle to ensure their relationship is more than sex and set rules aimed at looking after individual needs. There is a lot of soul-searching, particularly from Dan who continues to struggle with the loss of his past lover.

Of Dark and Bright (Dark Horse, #3)Of Dark and Bright by Kate Sherwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jeff, Evan, and Dan have been living happily together for the last two years. They still have problems, especially between Evan and Dan, but they’re mostly able to convert the interpersonal disagreements to sexual tension—and then resolve it—so nobody’s complaining.

Then Dan’s long-lost sister shows up seven months pregnant and on the run from the law, and the situation goes from complicated to overwhelming. Jeff and Evan want to help, but with Evan fearful of his own sister’s safety and Jeff struggling to keep his health issues under wraps, they’re a little distracted. As Dan’s sister struggles with her past, Evan’s seems intent on gambling with her future. With emotions and family ties pulling them in different directions, the threesome have to hold together—or the people they love may tear them apart.

So what did I think?

In this book, third in the series, the boys have been together for two years but still have to maintain a delicate balance in their relationship. Evan fights his possessiveness, Dan questions the role he plays and Jeff continues to be the glue holding the relationship together.

The story is fast-paced with story lines involving the extended group of family and friends. The series has an excellent cast of secondary characters and there is lots happening in this book.  A great end to the series!

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To find out more about Kate Sherwood and her books visit her website.

Buy the Dark Horse series from Amazon.