Christmas Lane by Amy Aislin

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Five out of Five Stars

Summary: It’s recent college graduate Zach Greenfeld’s favorite time of the year and he’s just received a temporary gig planning Lighthouse Bay’s Christmas parade. Not only does it speak to his penchant for organization, it also puts him face to face on a daily basis with his unrequited crush–Holland Stone. But his new job starts off in disaster when the most important float–Santa’s sleigh–gets damaged.

Holland needs to win the Lighthouse Bay Christmas parade float competition in order to grow his new dollhouse-making business. The prize is an article in a major city newspaper, and nothing beats free advertising. Except, eager to help the adorable parade organizer, he volunteers to help fix Santa’s sleigh, leaving no time to work on his own float, and putting his prize at risk.

Damaged floats, snowstorms, and a last-minute parade emergency force Zach and Holland closer than ever. All they need is a little bit of Christmas magic to help them realize they belong together.

The Review

I would like to start this review by giving it heart eyes and happy snuggles. It’s exactly what I needed to get me into the holiday spirit.

Zach is a recent college graduate and he’s ready to find a job that doesn’t include working at his family’s restaurant with his sister as his boss. Holland is fifteen years older, has bounced from job to job trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life and is attracted to man who he once taught in primary school. They are thrust together when Zach gets put in charge of the town Christmas parade and Holland is building a float and eventually more.

Holland was kind. In a way you wouldn’t expect people to be any more. As their relationship progressed, Holland talked to Zach about what he wanted and needed. Zach is portrayed as a possibly Ace, but more like demisexual (In my opinion). And Holland respects that. Eventually they progress to more. Their kisses were pretty swoon worthy. There isn’t any on-screen sex scenes, but it worked for their story. They didn’t need explicit scenes.

Zach was a cautious when it came to Holland. How could he, of all people, be what Holland is looking for in a partner? Especially, when Holland dated men like Mika and Clark in the past. Zach has his quirks and Holland lets him do his thing. I loved that. He didn’t tease Zach for having multiple calendars or having certain ways he did things. They supported each other. I found it adorable that Holland took care of Zach in the little ways he could.

Through all the issues that crop up like ex-boyfriends, roofs caving in, endless car trouble, and figuring Christmas out, Zach and Holland make it through it all.

Another plus, the secondary characters were just as engaging as Zach and Holland were. I have secret hopes that Dev and Clark might get their story told next. This is definitely a holiday read that I will be revisiting yearly.

 

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A Christmas Situation by H.L. Day

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Four out of Five Stars

Summary:  Love conquers all. But can it survive Christmas?

Dominic and Tristan have been together for almost a year. So everything’s got to be plain sailing, right? Not quite. Not if you ask Dominic. Tristan’s a bundle of energy and crazy ideas at the best of times. Add in Christmas, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

That’s not the only issue. There’s also Tristan’s mysterious absences and secret phone calls to contend with. Dominic might be insecure, but he’s not crazy. His boyfriend is definitely up to something, and neither family nor friends seem interested in listening to his concerns. He won’t jump to conclusions this time though. He’ll talk to Tristan. Only what do you do when you can’t get a straight answer out of the man you love?

When Tristan’s secrets are revealed, will their first Christmas together also be their last? Or is Dominic about to discover that all his worries have been for nothing?

Only time will tell.

The (mini) Review

A Christmas Situation is a bit of a holiday bonus novella that gives us a glimpse into the continuation of Tristian and Dominic’s relationship. It’s been a year since they’ve gotten together and they’re still going strong. Or so it seems. Tristian has been acting extremely secretive and disappearing from the office a lot more than usual. Poor Dom thought he knew what he was in for when it comes to Tristian. He doesn’t even know what he’s in for when it comes to the holidays.

Tristian is a bit overzealous when it comes to Christmas surprises involving Dominic. I feel like he may have overstepped buuut Dominic liked the results so I can’t find fault in it. I did expect the little surprise at the end and was excited to see it happen! My lips are zipped, so you have to read it to find out what I’m talking about. But yay!

Overall, an excellent addition to Tristian and Dom’s story.

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An Alabama Christmas by Karma Kingsley

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Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: Alex Greene has nowhere to go for Christmas. When he enrolls in the military’s Home for the Holidays program, he gets accepted into a family he never bargained for.

Trey Briggs is a gangly gamer that’s been in the closet since puberty. But when his family takes in a handsome marine, it becomes almost impossible for him not to expose himself.

The Review

Alabama Christmas is a quick, sweet holiday read. It takes place over the span of American Thanksgiving and Christmas. Alex is a soldier who has a little bit of leave time to use. His best friend, Jay, signs them both up for a program, Marine Home for the Holidays. Basically a family hosts them for a bit of time to give them a sense of home while they are in the service.

This is a fun, easy read. There’s not too much drama, it definitely speaks true about the south (I’m in Louisiana) and the chemistry between Alex and Trey is hot. I liked that Trey was a bit geeky and unsure of himself. He was a believable character. He doubted that Alex could find him attractive. I mean, Alex is a marine who puts a lot of work into his body in order to stay in shape for his work. Why would he be interested in a small town guy like Trey?

Turns out, both Alex and Trey have been keeping secrets from each other and Trey’s family. Alex actually came from a small town like the one Trey lives in, he isn’t straight like he’s been saying, and he can’t stop thinking about Trey. Trey hasn’t come out to his family, isn’t made to stay in the south and thinks he isn’t good enough for Alex.

Oh and those kisses *fans self* those kisses were something else. I’m a big fan of an excellent kiss scene, and Kingsley definitely knocked it out of the park. There was build up, delicious tension, and touches full of heat.

I really enjoyed reading this. Alex moved at Trey’s pace. He didn’t push Trey for more than he was ready for. They were tender, kind, and loving towards each other. It was exactly what I needed to feel better after a stressful day.

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Love Happens Anyway by RJ Scott

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Five out of Five Stars!!

Summary: Hiring a boyfriend for Christmas; what could possibly go wrong?

Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke.

Luke is twenty-thousand dollars short for the renovations on Halligans; his family’s bar in New York’s Financial District. A favor for a buddy has him agreeing to play the part of boyfriend to a guy with more money than sense.

But when the spirit of Christmas works its magic on the two men, and they begin to fall for each other, Derek runs scared, and Luke needs space.

It doesn’t matter what obstacles you throw in the way of love, or how much you run in the other direction, because, when you’re least expecting it, whether you want it or not, love happens anyway.

The Review

Derek is a businessman facing the pressures of having a boyfriend for the holidays. Luke needs money for a family bar renovation and it seems like this arrangement is going to work for the both of them. Derek gets his parents off his back and Luke gets to save the bar. Neither of them expected true feelings to develop.

What I loved about this is how much it felt like Christmas. There was the hustle and bustle of having to work, dealing with finances, going to Christmas parties and visiting with what can be overbearing family members. I also feel, that both Derek and Luke found a little bit of happiness once they stopped trying to do what everyone wanted them to and did what made them happiest.

The attraction between the two started out as a slow, steady burn but after the first Christmas event that flame intensified in all the best ways. There’s something about the way Scott writes her love scenes that doesn’t feel fake. Instead it feels natural and there’s something about the scenes that leave your blood running hot.

My favorite part of this was the fact that I could see it play like a movie in my head. In the end, this book left me happy and feeling like I had spent my morning curled up in a warm bed, a cup of my favorite coffee on the bedside table and someone curled up next to me. That’s kind of the best feeling you can get after reading a book.

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Unexpected Christmas by Nell Iris

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Four out of Five Stars

Summary:  All alone, caught in a blizzard—without a coat—on Christmas Day. Would you accept a ride from a huge guy looking like a serial killer?

Review:

If you’re looking for a quick, spicy but sweet holiday read, this is definitely one to add to your list. Daniel experience a crappy family holiday and escapes into some pretty terrible weather without a coat or boots. He ends up being rescued by Axel, a mountain of a man who may or may not be a serial killer. Daniel had me cracking up with that. I loved Axel. How could you not? Especially when it comes to his niece Bea.

I hope that we might get another story about Axel and Daniel but if not, it left me satisfied and happy.

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Yours for the Holiday by D.J. Jamison

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Five out of Five Stars

Summary: Fresh off a break-up, Remy is in no mood to share a room with his brother’s best friend during a holiday stay at home. Jason Hendricks has always treated him like a little brother to tease and taunt, all the more embarrassing because Remy has secretly crushed on the jerk since puberty. But when Jason confides he’s bisexual, Remy realizes the crush he loves to hate could be the perfect rebound.

Jason has always found Remy appealing. He didn’t handle his attraction well when he was younger, but now Remy’s a grown man and Jason’s no longer afraid of his feelings. Some playful flirtation sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving break, but he’s not prepared for Remy’s newfound sex appeal or his decision to make Jason his rebound fling. Jason doesn’t want to risk fallout with a family that’s always been there for him, but he’s not sure he can resist.

When the two part ways, they don’t plan to stay in touch, but soon they’re texting, trading sexy pictures and helping each other cope with family drama. Remy agrees to be his for the holiday, continuing their secret fling over Christmas, but Jason knows that won’t be enough. He’ll have to find the courage to be open and honest with his best friend — and the whole Wells family — if he wants a chance at love in the new year

The Review

As a first time reader of D.J. Jamison’s work, this was the perfect book as an introduction. I have put all of her books on my TBR list and I’m hoping that those giftcards I’m bound to get for Christmas will be put to good use.

I really enjoyed the way Remy and Jason picked at each other from the very beginning and throughout. It was playful teasing and not meant to hurt. It no doubt started out as brotherly chirping but that spark of attraction changed the meaning behind those teasing words. Remy was bold and apologetically himself. Jason, had the fear that so many people have when they aren’t out to their family and friends, all he could think about was losing them. It was written in a way that was believable.

When Jason and Remy finally gave in, holy smokes ya’ll. Like, *fans self*. It was so good. It made my heart race, and my breath caught. I was invested in these two. I wanted to shake them at times because, well, you’ll see.

I was not a fan of Remy’s older brother. That man there. Oh, there are people that you immediately get a bad vibe from. Well he’s one of those people for me and I was one hundred percent right about him.

This book had it all. Romance, sex, emotion, family, excitement and the holidays. You can’t go wrong picking this book up and giving it a read. Just don’t let the cover influence your decision. Just ignore that LOL.

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Eight Nights in December by Keira Andrews

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Five out of Five Stars!!

Summary: A geek. A virgin. One sexy holiday.

Orphaned Lucas figures spending the holidays with his obnoxious roommate’s family in New York City is better than staying alone on campus upstate. He ends up sharing a room again, this time with his roommate’s brother, Nate. Geeky photographer Nate isn’t at all what Lucas expects. In fact, he’s incredibly sexy—especially when he invites Lucas into his darkroom…

They hide their attraction during Hanukkah celebrations, but behind closed doors, Lucas and Nate can’t keep their hands (or mouths) off each other. Nate’s only looking for a bit of holiday fun, and amazing sex with a hot virgin definitely fits the bill. Yet as the candles burn, Nate and Lucas begin to realize eight nights will never be enough.

The Review

Eight Nights in December by Keira Andrews is a Hanukkah based romance. Lucas gets talked into spending the university winter holiday with his room mate’s family where he meets Nate. Sparks almost immediately start flying between the two.

I’ve never outright looked for a Hannukah romance but I was excited to see it. I wanted to spend my morning curled up in bed reading it. That’s exactly what I did.

Lucas is unsure of himself and it’s perfectly awkward. I’m just like Lucas in that sense. I don’t really want to be here but okay, looks like I’m stuck here vibe. His inner dialogue was spot on and he had me laughing out loud.

Nate, oh goodness. The geeky, sex god. Is that even possible? Well it is now. I have a thing for glasses and Andrews took the time to write about taking them off in sex scenes. (I know I’m a weirdo, but you just don’t fling your glasses off in a fit of passion. And you definitely don’t let them smash against your face while kissing. Say no to dirty lenses kids.)

My favorite part was how both Nate and Lucas were written. They learned who they were as their story progressed. They both came to their own realizations about who they believed they were and wanted to be. Then they came to a few realizations as a couple.

This left me smiling and wanting to read more about these sweet, smart, sexy boys.

Would I recommend this? Yes! Go get it now!!!

To be published on December 7, 2017.

If the Fates Allow

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Four out of Five Stars

Summary: During the holidays, anything is possible—a second chance, a promised future, an unexpected romance, a rekindled love, or a healed heart. Authors Killian B. Brewer, Lynn Charles, Erin Finnegan, Pene Henson, and Lilah Suzanne share their stories about the magic of the season.

 

The Review

If the Fates Allow, edited by Annie Harper and contributed to by: Killian Brewer, Lynn Charles, Erin Finnegan, Pene Henson, and Lilah Suzanne is a collection of Christmas shorts. If you need something light-hearted, funny, and touching, this is a great collection of stories to read.
I enjoyed each of the stories included. Each of them had their own unique flair and they weren’t just retellings of the traditional Christmas stories we all know.

I loved being able to hear the southern drawl of the characters in Brewer’s piece, Gracious Living Magazine Says It Has to Be a Live Tree. I couldn’t get over how perfect the match making was done through books in Shelved by Lynn Charles. Erin Finnegan gave me hope and made me want to cuddle up next to my love. True North, was my absolute favorite and I wish there were more about the couple. Halfway Home, wasn’t my favorite but there were some funny parts to it. I mean, how could there not be funny parts with a dog like Rudy.

I definitely would recommend this to others and I have found some new authors to check out.

Available for purchase December 1, 2017