Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Monday, 11 December 2017

Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton


Buylink: Amazon (KU)

Blurb:

Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.

As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?

Mini-Review

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I'm a huge fangirl of Eli Easton so it didn't surprise me that I loved Desperately Seeking Santa. She has such a deft way of bringing characters to life and this lovely Christmas story is no different. I laughed out loud so many times the dog got annoyed with me for disturbing her rest. I'd love to share the jokes, but read them for yourself. Eli turns flawed (human!) characters into Christmas Gold as Gabe plays Hunt the Santa. Both Gabe and Mack have some learning to do as Gabe realises everything isn't about the story, and Mack learns to trust. A really good holiday read.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Giveaway: A Holiday to Remember

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For the first time, Mischief Corner Books is releasing a month-long collection of holiday-themed tales:

Traditional Winter Holidays can be tough for a variety of reasons—family pressures, finding the right gift, homesick longing, and haunting memories to name a few. This collection showcases eleven queer short stories, from tender contemporaries to sweet paranormal to far-flung space tales, all designed to make you want to reach for your hot cocoa and your favorite snuggly spot. Come join us for A Holiday To Remember.


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Giveaway:


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For this tour, Mischief Corner Books is giving away two $25 gift certificates to their eBook store, and two rainbow beanies. To enter, just use the rafflecopter here, or below:

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

A Christmas Promise by K.C. Wells

A Christmas Promise by K.C. Wells


Buylink: Amazon

Blurb: 
The last thing Micah Trant expects to find in the snow by the side of the road, is a badly beaten man. But when Micah discovers his identity, it feels like more than mere coincidence is at work here. Like modern day Good Samaritans, he and his dad offer the stranger a place to recuperate. After all, it’s almost Thanksgiving, and Greg is in no state to travel home. It’s not an entirely altruistic move: Micah wants answers, and he’s not the only one.Greg cannot believe the way things turned out. The odds of Micah being the one to find him have to be astronomical, but he accepts the kind offer. As days become weeks, Greg learns more about Micah’s family, and comes to realize that staying with them for a Wyoming Christmas might just provide him with the answers he’s been seeking.
The magic of the holidays will also conjure up something neither Micah nor Greg expected….

Mini-Review:

Oh, what an incredibly sweet story. I had tears, I had tissues, I snuffled into Faith's fur as I read Greg and Micah's story. In a way, the focus of the story is more about family, past and present, and what could have been. Would I object to a little more of their relationship in another story? That would be a bonus. If you want fireworks, this isn't the story for you. This is like a Christmas movie; a slow start, but a lovely burn, and just right for Christmas.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Winner: Morning My Angel

I'm thrilled to say Morning My Angel tied 3rd place in Gay Romantic Suspense in the Rainbow Awards, and tied 19th Place in overall Best Gay Book.

1) Excellent characters, I could feel their pain and pleasure. The author brought me right into their lives, seamlessly incorporating the reader within the action. The plot twisted and turned and even though I guessed a few things correctly, the outcome was a shock.


2) This was a great book. It had EVERYTHING. Sizzling spy story, sparkling dialog between the main characters, a romance that just built and built and kept you hanging on each page. Oh yeah, and the sex was HOT. It’s near perfect and one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Ebook: Amazon - on Kindle Unlimited
Print: Amazon
Audiobook: Amazon Audible
Now on Goodreads here 

Blurb:
Josh Cooper, top US security field agent, is sent on an inter-agency assignment to London, when a partner in his firm goes missing in suspicious circumstances. Used to working in sole charge of his well-honed team, he clashes heads with the handsome, but pompous Cal, his UK co-operator and superior. Josh’s gut tells him something is wrong. He’s being kept out of the loop and Cal’s agenda is running on a different path.

He also has a personal issue to deal with. He’s involved in a cyber-relationship with “Charlie”, an unknown man who connected with Josh by accident. Their banter has led to deeper respect and a sexual interest, but now Josh is faced with a growing attraction to Cal. Between this conflict and the tension of the mission, Josh’s heart and head are overworked and confused. Things can’t get much worse.

Then Josh discovers the enemies he’s seeking have a new target: him.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Two Christmas stories by Helen Juliet

 Glitter on the Garland


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Matt Bartlett and his family have been pulled apart in the last year by his dad’s affair and the subsequent divorce. Now Christmas is looming, and Matt and his sister are expected to play nice and share the holidays with his dad’s new family.

Lucky for Matt, his best friend Aedan Gallagher arrives on his doorstep on Christmas morning, bringing with him a much-needed blast of festive cheer and plenty of sparkle.

As they navigate Matt’s vindictive step-mother and Aedan’s own family trouble, Matt starts to realise that Aedan might be more than just a friend to him. But with everything else threatening to fall apart around them, he’s not sure if he should dare risk taking the next step. If he doesn’t though, he could lose Aedan forever.

Glitter on the Garland is a standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhanger.

Sparkle to the Season


Buylink: Amazon

Aedan wants everything to be just perfect for his boyfriend of seven years, Matt, for their first Christmas in their new home. But it’s Christmas Eve and he’s running out of time to create an idyllic winter wonderland. To make matters worse, Matt’s present hasn’t arrived.
A misunderstanding means the holiday might be ruined before it even begins. But little does Aedan know, Matt has a surprise or two of his own up his Christmas sweater sleeve.


Sparkle to the Season is a short, free and steamy sequel to Glitter on the Garland, although it can be read as a standalone, so long as you enjoy happy ever afters.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Christmas Cookies by CL Mustafic


Christmas Cookies


After losing his husband, David, to a tragic accident the previous year, Russ doesn’t feel much like celebrating the upcoming holidays. When his daughter unexpectedly asks for one of David’s cookie recipes, Russ makes a decision that lands him in a baking class. After a few mishaps with an inept partner, Russ is ready to give up, but then the teacher, Amos, offers private lessons to help him recreate David’s smorgasbord of holiday treats. Somewhere along the way, Russ develops an attraction to the younger man, but is he ready to move on and let Amos in?

Mini-Review:

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First off, thank you to CL Mustafic for writing a bisexual character who faces all the stupid (insert appropriate swear word here) comments that bisexuals receive ALL THE FLAMING TIME. I have heard them all before. And thank you for writing a bisexual character whom I can relate to. You had me on board from the start. This book is heavier hitting than the title suggests, but it also keeps the Christmas feel to it. Russ and Amos have some learning to do as their relationship develops, but with family on board and a ton of Christmas cookies, I have good feelings for their future.