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GIVEAWAY & Excerpt: Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O’Tierney

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Blurb

 Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.

Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.

Excerpt

Even through the snow, Rell didn’t feel the cold. His face burned with the excitement of escaping the Livery and absconding with his brother’s best friend. He clasped Crowley’s hand, pulling him through the street. They ran and skidded and laughed, moving farther and farther away from the club.

“It’s beautiful tonight,” Crowley breathed and Rell squeezed tighter. “Doesn’t it weird you out though?”

“Nope.”

Rell knew what Crowley was asking—didn’t even pretend that he didn’t. Stopping, he tugged lightly so Crowley came stumbling up beside him. He twined his arms around Crowley’s waist and held him for a moment, right there in the middle of the sidewalk.

“Does it weird you out? I’m your best friend’s brother.”

“Not weirded out at all.” Crowley shook his head. His dark eyes shimmered with concern. “But for you… I mean, it was loud in there and hot and fun and there was alcohol and… sometimes… things just happen and—”

“Yeah, things happen,” Rell agreed. “Except I’ve been to a lot of stupid hipster clubs with a lot of Tyler’s friends and….” He leaned forward and kissed Crowley again, letting the experience linger, melting the chill between them. He tasted like nogtini. “And nothing like that has ever happened.”

“But… do you even like guys?”

“Owl. You’re a guy. I like you.”

“But have you been with a guy?”

“Why are you over-thinking this?” Rell asked, gently cupping the side of Crowley’s face.

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About the Author

Raine O’Tierney, a passionate believer in what she calls The Sweetness, writes positive stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and.friskiness? When she’s not writing, Raine can be found fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job.

Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. She changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Raine lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author and sometimes writing partner, Siôn O’Tierney.

Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about what kinds dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!

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Guest Post ☞ Kim Fielding

Today we are privileged to have Kim Fielding visit with a guest post. Kim talks about setting goals which is very apt at this time of the year when New Year’s resolutions tend to become a focus. She also has a wonderful Christmas story, the royalties of which are donated to charity. So do check it out.

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Hi, I’m Kim Fielding, and I’m so happy to visit here today!

As soon as I finish writing this, I’m going to take my daily walk. I do at least 3 miles a day, and since I began keeping track of these things in July (thank you, Fitbit!) I’ve walked over 645 miles. That’s more than 1.6 million steps. Now, if someone were to come up to me and say, “Hey! Kim! You need to walk 645 miles, starting now!” I would be an unhappy camper. Because that’s a long way to walk. From my house in California, it’s almost all the way to the Grand Canyon.

But you know what? I have walked that far, and pretty soon I’m going to do another 3 miles. And I’m doing it one step at a time.

When I return from my walk, I’m going to finish grading a huge stack of term papers.  I promised them back by Tuesday. When I made the promise, one student looked at the pile, looked at me, and then exclaimed, “Are you human?” I’m pretty sure I am. I’m grading those papers one at a time, and the stack is slowly shrinking.

And then, assuming the term papers don’t fry my brain, I’m going to resume work on my 13th novel. I wrote my first novel, Stasis, for National Novel Writing Month in 2009. I’ve also written a bunch of novellas and shorts, so in a little over 5 years, I’ve written probably 1.5 million words. Holy cow. And how did I write all this? One damn word at a time.

My point—and I do have one—is that a lot of our brightest goals seem impossible. And I suppose they are, if you look at them all at once. But nobody climbs Mount Everest in a single leap. We do it one step, one word, one term paper at a time. And then one day we look around and Oh my God! we’re there. We’ve made it to the Grand Canyon (where a sexy ghost might be lurking; see my novel Motel. Pool.).

My reason for telling you this is twofold. First, it’s a pep talk. Pick your almost-impossible destination and get there bit by tiny bit. Lose those pounds ounce by ounce. Build your savings penny by penny. Knit that enormous sweater, stitch by stich. Become a great cook, recipe by recipe. Earn that degree, unit by unit. I could go on with this analogy all day.

My other reason is to get you to buy one of my new stories, The Festivus Miracle. It’s a light, sweet holiday tale, which is what we could all use right about now. And I donate all my royalties to Doctors Without Borders. Where we can make a difference, dollar by dollar.

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The Festivus Miracle is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Festivus-Miracle-Kim-Fielding-ebook/dp/B00MS89DI2/

Blurb:

It’s finals week during Tony McNeil’s second year in law school, and he’s struggling to keep up. Frankly, he’d rather be cooking. Then he meets first-year student Eddie Cohen-Fernandez, who’s heartsick over missing his family’s annual Festivus celebration. Tony can use his culinary skills to lift Eddie’s spirits, but finding long-term happiness? That just might require a Festivus miracle.

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You can find Kim on her website: http://kfirldingwrites.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebooks.com/KFieldingWrites or on Twitter: @KFieldingWrites

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❄❄❄ Texas Christmas by RJ Scott ❄❄❄

This great series mainly follows one couple, Riley and Jack.  Click here for the review of the first three books and here for Texas Family.

  • The Heart of Texas (book #1)
  • Texas Winter (book #2)
  • Texas Heat (book #3)
  • Texas Family (book #4) 
  • Texas Christmas (book #5) – in this review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you follow my reviews, you will know I have a soft spot for RJ Scott’s books and the Texas series is no exception.

I was slightly nervous about reading this book, worried the story might be too Christmassy-sweet, but nothing could be further from the truth. Texas Christmas was wonderful, blending story lines of the family kind, with the continuing love story of Jack and Riley, and introducing drama with Liam’s story. It was all perfectly balanced and not overdone – perfect!

Liam is running from an abusive past, young and hurt and afraid. Marcus is older and may not think he is looking to settle down but is the perfect man to show Liam what real love is all about.

Riley and Jack’s family continues to be a focus as they celebrate the birth of a nephew and look to expand their own growing family. There are cute and realistic scenes with the twins and touches of sadness as they wait eagerly for Max to be theirs.

Jack and Riley continue to delight and the scenes of them together are a fabulous combination of erotic and passionate while being romantic and full of love. I love the way RJ creates sizzling sex scenes that are hot and steamy while allowing her men to also show a soft and romantic side.

Oh, and I love that barn!

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for an honest review.

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And because it’s Christmas, here’s a carol….When It’s Christmas Time In Texas

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To find out more about. R.J. Scott and her books, visit her website.

Buy the Texas series from Amazon.

Check out my blog for other reviews of books and series by R.J. Scott as I can highly recommend them all!

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❄ Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane ❄

★★★★★ I found it – my 5 star Christmas story! ★★★★★

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit the website.

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Christmas KitschChristmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb...

Sometimes the best thing you can get for Christmas is knowing what you really want.

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them—just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity—Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not—but then Oliver kisses him goodbye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

But even Rusty’s newfound awareness can’t help him survive a semester at Berkeley. He returns home for Thanksgiving break clinging to the one thing he knows to be true: Oliver Campbell is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Rusty’s parents disagree, and Rusty finds himself homeless for the holidays. Oliver may not have much money, but he’s got something Rusty has never known: true family. With their help and Oliver’s love, Rusty comes to realize that he may have failed college, but he’ll pass real life with flying rainbow colors.

So what did I think?

It was perfect! A wonderful emotional story that shows what love is really about.

Rusty comes from a well-to-do family. He has good looks and is in with the ‘right’ crowd. He may not be the brightest kid but he seems to have it all. That is until he meets Oliver and things take on a different perspective. “It’s kind of sad when I think about it now. At the time, I thought I hung out with a bunch of okay kids. I figured we were spoiled and sheltered, but that wasn’t our fault, really. I mean, I was proud because we sat down with someone new and different, and didn’t beat him into the ground, Pathetic, really – that’s what I had to be proud of, right? that my peer group didn’t bully people too badly?”

Oliver is the new kid, with an ethnic background and a quick wit. He is also gay and from the moment they meet and Rusty defends Oliver, they are destined to be friends.

It’s a gorgeous story as Rusty and Oliver build a deep bond. Told from Rusty’s POV, he shares his thoughts on his family and his future, his worries and his doubts and his hopes. Rusty may not be overly smart but he is so focused and dedicated and with a heart of gold, should be the son that any parent would be only too proud to have.

Rusty’s parents have his future mapped out. That future doesn’t include Rusty working as a contractor and most definitely doesn’t include him being gay. Not that Rusty thinks he’s gay – he’s ‘undeclared’. Being parted from Oliver, after a single kiss, and now hours away at college, Rusty finds it really hard. He’s adjusting to life at college, struggling with classes, trying to cope with his sexually active room mate.

It was so wonderful to see Oliver looking out for Rusty from afar but it is once Rusty returns home for Thanksgiving that his love really shines. Oliver and his family – father, aunts, uncles, cousins, the whole lot! – are totally wonderful, taking Rusty in when his own parent’s reject him. They may not have a lot of money or material possessions but they open their homes and their hearts.

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a real journey for Rusty as he learns what’s really important and takes a stand for what he wants. And what he wants is to make Oliver proud, to give him the home he deserves. He appreciated the love of his sister, the acceptance from his old housekeeper, the assistance of his new surrogate family, the support of his college friend and the unfailing love of Oliver.

There was heartache and emotion and sadness but there was also love and hope and happiness. The story is wonderfully written with great depth to the characters and a lovely injection of humour. And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a happy ending! “He was my family. He was my home. But you could never have too much home. It was good to live in a world where we were loved.”

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 And today’s Christmas song….All I Want For Christmas by The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus

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To find out more about Amy Lane and her books visit her website.

Buy the Home For The Holidays books from Riptide.

  • How I Met Your Father (L.B. Gregg) – click here for review
  • Long the Mile (Ally Blue)
  • Lost and Found (Z.A. Maxfield)
  • Christmas Kitsch (Amy Lane) – in this review
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❄ Christmas In The Sun by RJ Scott & Meredith Russell ❄

Another sweet story set at Christmas….

The Stories from Sapphire Cay series:

  1. Follow the Sun – click here for review
  2. Under the Sun – click here for review
  3. Chase the Sun – click here for review
  4. Christmas In The Sun – in this review

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Christmas In The SunChristmas In The Sun by R.J. Scott

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Return to Sapphire Cay for Christmas. Lucas and Dylan invite their friends to share in their Christmas celebrations on the island along with Lucas’s sister, Tasha, and her husband. Christmas is a time for family, forgiveness, and to look to the future, and this year Dylan has to face up to all three.

Unearthing the memories of two men in love, frozen in time and buried among the history of the island, Lucas and Dylan realize that sometimes loving someone is not always enough. It’s about being brave and taking the next step. To learn from the past to move forward.

Family has always been important to Lucas since his own was struck by tragedy. Though Dylan disapproves of his methods, Lucas has nothing but good intentions about wanting Dylan to reconcile with his father. The two Grey men haven’t spoken properly in years, their relationship strained by heartache and mistakes reaching back into Dylan’s childhood. Forgiveness is a hard thing to give and sometimes even harder to receive.

So what did I think?

This is one of those stories that is like revisiting family. It’s feels like a family gathering where you get to find out what’s happening with everyone, a sneak peak into the relationships and lives of those you care about.

Primarily focused on Lucas and Dylan,the story takes place in the lead up to Christmas. Lucas wants Dylan to experience the full joy of family at Christmas but his interfering causes a bit of a (very short lived) rift between him and Dylan. As with any couple, these guys do have issues they need to work through but they love each other enough to talk it out. Plus have really fabulous make-up sex! Finding some old photos and letters that document a secret relationship from the 30s/40s, also reinforces how lucky they are to live in an age where they are relatively free to love each other.

There are some small peaks of Jamie & Edward and Adam & Scott, although not enough to really satisfy my curiosity about these couples. The addition of Tasha and Liam plus a cute little stray dog completes the family feel.

What I would love to see now is a full length books with the story of Alfie and Peter. There was so much left unsaid about this couple and I am totally intrigued to learn more about their love story, to find out who Alfie was and what really happened with him and Peter. Please RJ and Meredith?

3.5 happy Christmas stars!

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And the accompanying Christmas song is Wine Wine in the Sun by Tim Michin….

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To find out more about RJ Scott and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Meredith Russell and her books visit her website.

Buy Christmas in the Sun from Amazon.

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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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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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❄ What Can Be by Mary Calmes ❄

What Can BeWhat Can Be by Mary Calmes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Thirteen years ago, Eli went on a summer trip with his mother and never came back. Now, existing in a new life as Jacob Somerville, he’s again running from fear and memories, only to end up where he started. As Jacob struggles to reconnect with his father and brothers, he realizes that his lover, Craig Zhao, was the only thing filling his empty heart and standing between him and ghosts of the past. It will take the power of love—from his family, from Craig, and from himself—for Jacob to see that his life truly is filled with the promise of what can be.

So what did I think?

This is definitely not your standard Christmas fare! It’s a story with mystery and intrigue as Eli returns to his family after 13 years. As I read the first chapters I was full of questions – why can’t he stay? Why has he not seen his family for so long? Why has he changed his name?

This story is very much about Eli reconnecting with his family and gradually his story is unveiled. We don’t see much of Eli’s boyfriend at the beginning of the story, just being introduced to him by a phone call but he feels very much part of the story all the same. Watching him interact with Eli at the end of the book, providing loving support, is heartwarming.

It was a wonderful combination of romance (of course Eli/Jake) gets his man at the end!) but with a lovely strong focus on facing past tragedies and moving on with life. It was so lovely to see Eli get his man, Craig find his own happiness and the whole family welcome Eli back!

And today’s Christmas carol is I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Michael Buble.

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❄ Christmas Delights continued…. and don’t forget it’s a freebie! ❄

Today’s Christmas reviews are for some more of the short stories in the Christmas Delights anthology. It’s a wonderful collection of stories and is available for free from Love Lane Books (Love Lane Books Christmas Anthology 2013).

Christmas Delights

As promised, I’ve accompanied each review with a matching carol. The stories in this review are:

  • Mistletoe and YouTube by Francis Gideon
  • A Jaguar for Christmas by Caitlin Ricci
  • Christmas Reunion by AJ Henderson

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Mistletoe and YouTube by Francis Gideon

Accompanied by: I’m Yours Under the Mistletoe Mash up

 

The Blurb: After exams finish for Matt and Aiden, there isn’t a lot left to do but watch Christmas YouTube videos and find new ways to kiss under the mistletoe.

So what did I think?  This was a cute light read. Just one quick scene. Very with the times as two college guys, Matt and Aiden, watch a YouTube clip of kissing under the mistletoe. Wanting to experience a kiss of their own, and with a bit of creativity involving the laptop and climbing under an IKEA desk, they manage to do so. 3 cute stars.

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A Jaguar for Christmas by Caitlin Ricci

Accompanied by: Jingle Cats (sorry, not Jaguars!)

The Blurb: Jackson doesn’t really understand why everyone is so excited about Christmas. The holiday hasn’t meant anything but loneliness to him for years. But when a new model comes in for a photo shoot, will it be the chance he needs to break out of his old routine and try something different?

So what did I think? This was  a really interesting premise but to be honest, the shifter element seemed pretty irrelevant to the story. It didn’t feel very Christmassy but it was  a nice story about a guy who finds a bit of happiness. It felt a little like the start of something so I wanted to read more to see where the story would take Peter and Jackson. 3 stars

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Christmas Reunion by AJ Henderson

Accompanied by: I’ll be Home For Christmas (Rascal Flatts)

 

The Blurb: Eric hasn’t looked forward to Christmas so much in a long time. After living away from his family for several years, he was excited to be moving back home in time to spend the holidays with them. A surprise from his past turns an already amazing Christmas into one that he’ll never forget.

So what did I think? I love a story of first love, separated in youth and then meeting up again later in life. Eric loved his friend Dillon. Dillon had been his best friend and was so accepting when Eric came out. But they only shared one very brief kiss on the day Dillon’s family moved away. And then life got in the way of their friendship  and their long distance correspondence stopped. Eric had spent years away from his family, first studying and now working, and is finally returning home to his family. The main problem with this story was that it was too short! I was really getting into it when it ended quite abruptly. I liked the style and I loved Eric’s wonderful family. I think it demands a sequel! 3.5 stars

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❄ The 12 Days of Dennis by Jude Dunn ❄

The Christmas tradition continues….and to accompany The 12 Days of Dennis we have the video of The 12 Gays of Christmas!

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The 12 Days of DennisThe 12 Days of Dennis by Jude Dunn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

When an unexpected package is delivered on December 14th, Martin is more than a little intrigued by the contents—especially as they’re from his boyfriend, Dennis, and come with instructions to wear them when they go to dinner with Dennis’ parents the following night.

And that’s only the beginning of Dennis’ suggestive gifts.

So what did I think?

The Twelve Days Of Dennis was built around a really cute idea. Martin’s boyfriend Dennis starts sending him sexy little presents, a new one each day with a short note attached.

Each chapter starts with the little piece of the carol….A condom in a jockstrap, two lace panties… and we see Martin’s reaction plus hear a little bit about what happened with the items the night before. It’s not until quite a way into the book that we actually meet Dennis.

I loved the idea but somehow it lost it’s lustre about the sixth day of Christmas – six gay ganders? really? It was still a sweet story but departed into the slightly weird. Dennis is a cross-dressing business man with lots of money but his ‘surprise’ Christmas party seems a bit eccentric rather than romantic. I sometimes think that less is more and this was the case with this book. Poor drunk Martin, not even remembering how the evening ended was the final disappointment. Martin – you really shouldn’t drink those Pink Flamingoes!

So all-in-all, 3 stars because the idea was cute to start with!

** Review of the ARC, not the final proofed manuscript. Copy kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This book is due for release 18th December **

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❄ Xavier’s Xmas by Amber Kell (It’s a freebie!) ❄

Xavier's XmasXavier’s Xmas by Amber Kell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

When Xavier’s roommate, Frankie, leaves him for a new boyfriend, he thinks his Christmas is going to be a sad affair. Until Frankie comes back and tells him he made a terrible mistake. Will Xavier accept Frankie’s love as the present he deserves?

So what did I think?

This was short and sweet, as Xavier and Frankie find happiness at Christmas. It tells the tale of two men who have lived together for three years as roommates, but it’s not until Frankie moves out to go live with his boyfriend, that they realise what was right under their noses all along.

What starts as being a lonely Christmas, ends up being the best Christmas of his life as Frankie returns home. Nearly losing each other forces them to face their fears and take a risk to be together.

A nice happy ending as Xavier, the older accountant, stands up for his much younger partner!

“I know you worry about the age differnce, but you are everything I’ve ever wanted.
You are my permanent Christmas present.” 
The accompanying Christmas carol is therefore “You’re My Christmas Present” by Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners.


I downloaded this story free from Amber Kell’s website. It had a couple of minor editing problems (the title and author’s name appeared randomly throughout) but was easy to overlook. Download here.