December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #22

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This story “is a wonderful story which made me smile and re-appreciate the meaning of Christmas”, reviewed by Serena. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Book Blurb

For Jesse Connor, Christmas is nothing but a series of bad memories. It takes a man imbued with the spirit of Christmas to help him realize that the Christmas spirit lies in everyone–if they only know where to look.

Book Review

This is a wonderful story which made me smile and re-appreciate the meaning of Christmas. I loved reading about Jesse, who is totally disillusioned. Christmas is ruined for him, and while it isn’t clear, at first, exactly what happened, the gradual revealing of his reasons added a nice extra layer to the story. Equally, the gradual thawing of his heart as he meets and gets to know Gabriel is the perfect setup for a heartwarming story. It is an interesting variation on the Christmas grinch storyline.

Jesse has more problems than ‘just’ hating Christmas now (as if that wasn’t enough). His muse and creative inspiration have suffered as well. Being sent to Eden Vale, the epitome of all things Christmas-y, seems like a punishment at first. But from the moment he is there he can feel the magic, even if he doesn’t want to admit it at first.

Gabriel, whom we only see through Jesse’s eyes, is a great guy. The total opposite of Jesse, in terms of community involvement and happiness with his life, he manages to convince Jesse that there is more to life than disappointment.

If you like warm stories, two men meeting and slowly falling in love, and if you’re looking for a true Christmas romance, you may like this story.

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #21

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This story “is a perfect, highly romantic Christmas story”, reviewed by Serena. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Book Blurb

Derek left his small town in Ontario, Canada five years ago to become a big New York City editor. He also left Sterling, a man he loved but couldn’t commit to. Derek decides it’s time to go home for Christmas, to reconnect with his sister and nephew, and his parents, who are getting older.

Sterling is still there, running the magazine they started together, in a house that they were supposed to share. And, still treated like a member of Derek’s family. Sterling is coming for Christmas.

Book Review

Such a perfect, highly romantic Christmas story. To have a reunion happen five years after one left for ‘the big city’, with both men still pretty much hung up on each other was a treat to read.

Of course Derek, the idiot who left, takes his own sweet time not just realizing but admitting his mistake. And when he takes the first step, he is surprised that Sterling holds back. But when he finally gets it – boy, do the sparks fly!

Sterling, on the other hand, supported by Derek’s entire family, is just the sweetest guy ever. Yes, he could have made Derek work harder for it, but that’s just not who he is. I really felt for him, and loved that he finally got what he wanted most.

The ‘conspiracy’, the hockey references and the descriptions of small town life were just icing on the cake. This is a great holiday read, extremely romantic without being too sweet. I loved it!(

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #20

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This story “is not just a wonderful Christmas story, but also a multi-layered journey of discovery”, reviewed by Serena. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Book Blurb

When his young niece Bailey moves in, Cory knows he needs to end his casual fling with Ken. Bailey’s had enough upheaval in her short life, and Cory doesn’t want her to get attached to a “friend” who won’t be sticking around. Even so, Cory finds himself continuing to let Ken into his life, but a one-night-stand gone serial isn’t what Cory wants, and so he makes The List: his requirements for the perfect partner. Helping out during a difficult time, Ken finds himself being pulled into the family unit despite Cory’s previous emotional distance. He hopes he’s finally breaking through, on the verge of convincing Cory to make their relationship more than a casual one. Then, while helping Bailey write to Santa, he finds Cory’s list and takes it as his cue to bow out—just when Cory needs him the most.

Book Review

This is not just a wonderful Christmas story, but also a multi-layered journey of discovery.

Cory knows that he wants a permanent partner. He is taking care of his niece, Bailey, since his sister pretty much refuses to acknowledge her. Cory wants a man in his life who will accept his role as an almost-parent, and he knows exactly what that partner should be like. He has even made a list. The only problem is that reality doesn’t agree with the list. His discovery is all about finding out what is really important in life – and about seeing the truth rather than hiding from it.

Ken has been trying to get Cory to agree to become more than a fuck-buddy. Ken wants more, but has no idea how to go about it. He is the quiet type, but discovers that there are situations where this will work to his advantage. He also discovers an unexpected liking for kids.
Bailey isn’t on a conscious trip of discovery – but, nevertheless, by the end of the story she has made her own decisions and discoveries.

I loved the whole setup, the characters were lifelike and made me smile, and the tension as to what was going to happen with Bailey and her mother kept me glued to the pages. A great read, Christmas themed, but about so much more than the holiday. I loved it!

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #19

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This story “has a touch of magic”, reviewed by Serena, who thinks “it reads like a fairy tale”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Book Blurb

Wishing on a Star might just bring you love.

Patric Mitchell wanted true love.

On Christmas Eve he wished on a star to find that special someone. If that someone happened to be his neighbour, Gabriel Vega he’d be even happier.

When his wish might come true will he take the chance at happiness?

Book Review

I really liked this holiday story. It has a touch of magic with a Christmas wish come true, adorable characters, and was as sweet as I expected.

Patric is very lonely and nothing seems to be going his way when he sees a falling star. Not really expecting anything to change, but too desperate not to make a wish, he expresses his desire to meet the gorgeous neighbor he’s been admiring for months. I loved the way Patric had trouble adapting to his luck, and how he kept thinking that he didn’t want to wake up if this was a dream.

Gabriel is truly gorgeous, inside and out. He was about to take the first step in meeting Patric when the other man ‘magically falls into his lap’. I loved how determined Gabriel was to let Patric know how special he thinks he is, how he took everything in stride.

If you’re looking for a sweet read with a touch of magic, this is a great book for you. It reads like a fairy tale.

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #18

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This story is ideal for those who “appreciate a little twist at the end of their stories”, reviewed by Serena, who thinks it is “a very cute Christmas story, which has all the ingredients to make me smile”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Book Blurb

Two weeks before Christmas, Luke meets Jamie, the hottest man he’s ever seen. Painfully aware that having a son makes him less dateable, Luke throws Jamie’s number away after their one amazing, passion-filled night together, thinking he will never see him again…

Book Review

This is a very cute Christmas story, which has all the ingredients to make me smile. Potential heartbreak threatens throughout, but thankfully never happens. The characters are real, have flaws and are very supportive of each other – sometimes in very unexpected ways. And the ending has an extra little twist which just makes the whole thing even better.

There is Luke, a single father who is determined to make sure his son, Reggie, doesn’t miss a thing. He is willing to go as far as to deny himself happiness. He thinks he has reason to expect nothing from another man; he has been disappointed once too often.

Reggie is an extremely cute kid, who understands a lot more than his father gives him credit for. In the unerring way some kids have, he takes care of Luke as much as his father could do it for himself. In a away, even better, because he has no preconceived notions about what ‘should happen’.

And Jamie, the man Luke meets but doesn’t believe will be interested is not only the perfect guy for him, he also has a ‘secret’ that is only revealed at the end, and in a very funny way.

If you like stories with kids, if a situation that turns from pretty desperate (romantically speaking) to absolutely perfect is what you want, and if you appreciate a little twist at the end that makes things even better, you will probably like this story as much as I did.

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #17

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This story presents “a new twist on a Christmas season story”, reviewed by Lena, who thinks it is “a sweet, touching, uplifting story that will renew your faith in love”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Book Blurb

Magnus Carstens, an eminent glaciologist, recently had to change his life: he’s become his nephew Jakob’s guardian after the boy’s parents died in a plane crash, he’s taken a new job as a park ranger, and he’s moved them to Mistletoe, Wyoming, so he can offer a stable home to Jakob while still contributing to science. There he meets Lance Rivera, a disillusioned physical therapist who is working in his sister’s store to make a living after his lover took off with all their money. When the two men come together – literally under the mistletoe–both realize all they really want, despite adversity, is a family to love.

Book Review

A new twist on a Christmas season story. My first Serena Yates story and definitely not be my last! Serena weaves a wonderful tale of two very different men destined to complete each other. She had me cheering for them from the very beginning, especially for Lance. I was practically shouting “Come on Magnus! What are you waiting for? Step under that mistletoe and kiss that sweet boy!”

If you are looking for hard core, look somewhere else, but if you want to enjoy a sweet,touching, uplifting story that will renew your faith in love, The Mistletoe Phenomenon is a good choice. Serena’s descriptions were vivid and her characters clearly defined. I felt cold when they were cold and hot when they were….er…hot. READ IT! You will not be disappointed.

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #16

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This story is “fun, a little cheeky, and a lot hot”, reviewed by Serena, who recommends it “if you like BDSM stories with lots of love and respect between the two partners”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Grady’s been waiting for over two years to see his lover, Joey, who’s been deployed in Afghanistan. It looks like it’s going to be Valentine’s Day at the earliest before they’re reunited, though. Oliver’s been keeping Grady busy during the holiday season, and he just might have a Christmas surprise for Grady at the Hammer’s annual Charity Auction that the man will never forget.

Book Review

This story is fun, a little cheeky, and a lot hot. I loved visiting the Hammer Club and its annual very naughty Christmas auction again. This year the story focuses on one couple, and that made it very enjoyable for me, especially since it is so short and Grady and Joey have quite a story to tell.

Grady, the Dom, clearly misses his sub a lot. He loves Joey with all his heart and finds the separation very hard to deal with. Two years of absence with only a few visits is a very long time for any couple, but for someone as much in love and need for the other person it is doubly hard.

Joey, the sub, has just as hard a time. Not just is he far away and risking his life on a daily basis, he misses the framework only Grady can give him. Military orders are one thing, but what he’s looking for goes much deeper. Finding his way back into obedience isn’t easy, but his acting out and testing the boundaries leads to some extremely hot situations.

If you like BDSM stories with lots of love and respect between the two partners, if reunions are your thing, and if you’re ready for some very hot ‘punishment’ scenes as Joey gets back into his headspace, you will probably like this story.

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #15

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This is a “very cute story”, reviewed by Serena, who recommends it “if you like sweet stories, if you’re looking for something to make you think, and if you’re interested in understanding the nature of love a little better”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Brandon wasn’t entirely comfortable about his relationship with Donnie, his simple-minded live-in lover for whom every Christmas is “the best Christmas ever”. What was a mature, independent person like himself doing sexually involved with a childish and mildly retarded man?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title includes some elements of dubious consent.

Book Review

This is an amazing and very cute story about the nature of love. It made me smile, it made me think and it touched me deeply. The dedication says (in part): “For all those mismatched couples whose devotion is stronger than their differences.” And Brandon and Donnie are very different in some ways, but, clearly not in ways that count for them.

Brandon tells the story, in a way that makes it clear he is trying to figure out why he’d been with Donnie, who is rather simple-minded, for almost 13 years now. Following the events of how they met, how Brandon figured out that Donnie was somewhat retarded and how he struggled with whether that was even important to him, gave me a glimpse of their life together. The whole story is written in that format; little scenes that remind Brandon of one aspect of another of his relationship with Donnie. Ultimately, those moments are like puzzle pieces that give Brandon the answer he is looking for.

If you like sweet stories, if you’re looking for something to make you think, and if you’re interested in understanding the nature of love a little better, this will do all three for you. It is also a great Christmas story and a wonderfully warm read. I totally loved it!

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #14

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This is a “touching story”, reviewed by Serena, who recommends it “if you’re looking for a heartwarming romance”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Josh held baby Vivien when she took her first breath in the world, and he has loved every breath she’s taken since. Now Vivien needs a home—a “for real” forever home, and Josh would love to be the one who takes her in. But Josh’s partner, Sammy, isn’t a fan of children of any size or stamp. Will Josh have to choose between being a lover or a parent, or will Josh’s niece work her baby magic on Sammy, giving them all the best Christmas present of all?

Book Review

This is a touching story which contains a lot of love, hope and Christmas spirit, while at the same time giving a thoughtful message about priorities in your life. It also touches on the topic of those who cannot cope – a tough, but very real issue for many among us who often get forgotten. As is fitting for a Christmas story, the happy feelings outweigh the sad, but this story manages to do that without forgetting or ignoring the other side of the coin of life.

Josh has always been very supportive of his sister, and that doesn’t change when she has Vivian. It was interesting to see how his support changed to one of unconditional love and acceptance (with a few watch outs) to one of unconditional love with a realization that there are just some things she cannot deal with. I also liked that he decided to stand by his lover Sammy, no matter what. As important as Vivian was to Josh, Sammy was more important, and that spoke to the romantic in me. And since Vivian would have been taken care of regardless what Josh decided (a nice position to be in) it was a decision that was Josh’s to make.

Sammy didn’t start out on my personal ‘good list’, I must admit. I love children a lot and my personal prejudice is to always place a big question mark next to people who don’t. I know that isn’t fair of me, but it’s like they have to prove themselves to me. As I got to know Sammy better, I grew to really like him. And by the end he had redeemed himself, even before he made the final decision; mainly because I understood him better and because he proved that, no matter what, he would support Josh. What a wonderful situation to get to watch!

If you like stories about the changes children can make in people’s lives just by being born, if you don’t shy away from a little bit of harsh reality intruding in your Christmas story, and if you’re looking for a heartwarming romance you will like this story. I loved it!

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December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #13

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This is a “really funny story”, reviewed by Serena, who recommends it “if you don’t mind some extremely hot sex when the sex toys finally do come out”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Jason’s boyfriend Chad recently moved out, effectively ending their relationship. A few weeks before Christmas, Barry calls to invite Jason to a holiday party in the hopes of cheering him up. Turns out it’s a sexy toy party, and when Jason’s talked into helping out, the sexy host Nigel has something special in store for him after the party.

Book Review

This is a really funny story, with lots of humor as Chad tries to get over his previous relationship – sort of. Only he doesn’t really want to and ends up going to his friend’s sex toy party to make his (kinky) ex curious. Only, things don’t go quite as expected. The story is full of interesting observations, gay men in couples and alone trying to have fun, and once the sex toys come out – hold onto your hats!

Chad is not at all interested in sex toys, yet he gets roped into this party. The situations and his initial resistance are too funny. But Nigel, the guy selling the toys, is too good to resist – and thank God Chad doesn’t.

If you like stories that make you laugh, if a man finding a new lover makes you smile and if you don’t mind some extremely hot sex when the sex toys finally do come out, you will like this story. I sure did!

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