Posted by Becky Condit on December 8, 2013
Posted by Petra on
“I heard you coming. I knew it was you. Nobody else I know sings in Latin for fun.”
GENRE: M/M, holiday, Christmas
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Petra reviews Gaudete by Amy Rae Durreson, with a Christmas carol in Latin! 5 sweet peas.
BLURB:Every Christmas, child chorister Jonah Lennox used to meet CallumNoakes at Aylminster cathedral when Callum’s mother came to sell roasted chestnuts at the market. After years of friendship, an argument separates them, apparently forever. Putting away the memories of his lost friend, Jonah left the cathedral and moved on with his life.
When Jonah returns to the cathedral after ten years away, the market in the cathedral brings back memories—and Callum, who has made a life for himself as a woodturner. Upon meeting again, attraction pulls them together, and the holiday may inspire their old friendship to mature into new romance.
PETRA’S OPINION: Just beautiful, and SOOOO festive. My Latin isn’t that good so until I braved sticking my bare feet out from under my duvet I had no idea that Gaudete is actually a carol that I love and sing along with phonetically and therefore wrongly on a regular basis!
This book has carols and a cathedral and snow and a Christmas market and honest to goodness chestnuts roasting on an open fire (yes cue Nat King Cole!) and it packs so much in for a short story. Jonah and Callum meet in 1998 when they were both 8, Jonah was a chorister and Callum was with his Mum selling in the market. The boys meet every Christmas until Jonah becomes too old to sing. Now 11 years later Jonah is back and wondering if Callum is too. This book travels back and forth to past Christmases but I never got lost or confused. You fall in love with both boys, Jonah with his lack of real family and Callum with his ADHD it is beautifully written and just captures the mood of the season so well *sigh* loved it!
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Posted by Madam Aus on
There was something different about having him inside me, more so that I’d ever experienced with anyone else. Part of it was the way he looked at me, like I was something to be treasured. He was attentive, watching making sure I was enjoying everything he was doing. One thing I loved was the way he came. The power and the way he totally lost himself in the moment, like everything else he did.
GENRE: M/M, holiday
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Madam Aus reviews A Christmas Memory by Max Vos. 5 sweet peas.
BLURB: J.J. has always hated the holidays. Presents, decorations, the traditional family Christmas…It’s all his colleagues in the staffroom can talk about. J.J. avoids these conversations like the plague. He’d do anything to keep his co-workers from seeing the real J.J, the gay man who doesn’t want to be noticed. When he slips up and reveals that he is all alone with no plans for Christmas, the well-meaning ladies of his high school want to take him in for the holidays.
Enter Coach Adam Sutton who comes to his rescue—and now J.J. is trapped by this hulk of a man who won’t take no for an answer. And he would have to be someone J.J finds attractive, wouldn’t he? Too bad he’s straight and J.J’s not about to step out of the shadows and make a move on him. He likes his arms where they are, thank you very much.
But Adam has a secret, one which is going to turn J.J’s world upside-down. Adam wants to give J.J. a Christmas to remember, but as it turns out, both men’s lives are never going to be the same again…
MADAM AUS’S OPINION: I have finally figured it out… at least I think I have. Its the characters. I genuinely love the characters that Max Vos paints. They are beautiful, flawed, scared, scarred, real, gorgoeus, annoying, relatable, and Max just captures them stunningly. This is a little Christmas story, that once again gives me more men that I just want to get to know and hug. My virtual house is in dire need of extension, surely someone in there is an architect… plans I need extension plans.. *giggle*
Anyway back to ‘A Christmas Memory’. Another thing I love about Max’s writing is his ability to do backstory in a succint and small amount of time. Even his short stories are full to overflowing of these richly textured and layered characters. Whatever we don’t find out about the MC’s by being there and finding out when the other one does, is told in a way that does not impede the flow of the story and actually enhances it.
This was sweet and cinnamony and the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer. I loved this Christmas hookup of Adam and JJ, which quickly developed into something that neither of them had anticipated or hoped for. The secondary charcters such as Adam’s family just added to the flavour and richness of this little goody like your favourite layer cake or trifle.
It’s the perfect dessert book. Enjoyable for just what it is. I savoured it whilst stuffing it in my mouth as fast as I could, metaphorically speaking of course. You should do the same, create your own Christmas Memory, and accept my wishes for a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Title: A Christmas Memory
Author: Max Vos
Publisher: Max Vos
Publication Date: November 15, 2013
Cover Art: Alex J Corza
Length: 50 pages
Favorite character: Adam – he was so sweet.
Posted by Kiwi on
Jason closed his eyes, happy and content. Life was good.
RATING: 3 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Jason and Anthony are in a rut, and Jason can admit their love life has been less than stellar lately. But Anthony’s birthday is coming up, so Jason plans the perfect party to spice up the night and their relationship — complete with a super hot dancer.
But by the end of the night, Anthony receives more than a few surprises. He and Jason meet Ruben, a sexy sports student, and the three of them instantly hit it off. Will Ruben come between the two lovers, or will he give their relationship the boost it so desperately needs?
KIWI’S OPINION: This novella tells the story of two men, Jason and Anthony who have been in a long term relationship. Jason works two jobs to save money to purchase their dream home and this has caused the relationship to hit a bit of a slump. Jason decides to throw Anthony a surprise birthday party and hired a male stripper to bring the spark back. A mix-up with the stripper brings a surprise that neither man saw coming. It’s through her that enables both men to receive an even bigger surprise at the end. This novella is angst and drama free. It’s more of a snapshot of this couple’s relationship. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on December 7, 2013
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Posted by Trish on
“Mark consults the logbook and discovers reports from two old friends, Morgan’s Farm and the neighboring Lewis Farm. Morgan’s Farm has reported a broken fence, while Rhodri Lewis has reported an obscenity spray-painted on one of his sheep. A crime wave!”
GENRE: M/M, holiday, Christmas
RATING: 4 1/2 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Trish reviews the Christmas story Goosed by Sasha Payne. 4 1/2 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Constable Mark Cordwell and Sergeant Bryn Powell deliver post, transport the children to school, and make sure the older inhabitants are safe in their quiet farming village deep in the Welsh countryside. It’s their first holiday together since Mark transferred from England, and Bryn and his neighbors are determined to let Mark know he’s welcome, with little traditions that mark the season. As Christmas and the Plygain service approach, Bryn has one more gift up his sleeve—and he knows it’s the one that will make their holidays perfect.
TRISH’S OPINION: In Goosed, Sasha Payne gives us a very richly detailed character driven look at life in a small village deep in the Welsh countryside. Constable Mark Cordwell and Sergeant Bryn Powell spend their days delivering mail and groceries to various outlying farms, patrol the various lanes and backroads of their territory, escort the village children to school and back, and any other duties they need to perform. Everyone in the village does their best to show Mark just how welcome he is after his transfer from London, and just how accepting they are of his relationship with Bryn. He loves his life in the village, and Bryn’s surprise gift to Mark, given at the village’s Plygain service, make Mark’s first holiday with Bryn a very memorable one. The tale has a very smooth plot flow and a cast of secondary characters that are so quirky and vivid that they almost steal the show. The author’s writing is simple, elegant, and clean. I really like how the description of village life is so richly portrayed that I felt like I was actually there. If you want a lovely tale that is full of warmth, acceptance, and the Christmas spirit, then this is definitely one you need to check out.
Author: Sasha Payne
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Series: Dreamspinner Advent Calendar 2013
Cover Art: Paul Richmond
Length: 44 pages
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Posted by Pattycake on
“Okay, Zach.” The cop sighed. “We can do this one of two ways. It’s late , and it is the night before Christmas. I really want to go home to be with my family and you are kind of making this all very difficult. Now you can come with me, get a decent meal, a shower, and maybe some warmer clothes, and then you can sleep for the night in a warm bed. This can be all by your own choice, or I can make it official and arrest you, then force you to go.”
GENRE: M/M, holiday, YA
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Pattycake reviews The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott. 5 sweet peas!
For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go.
Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.
Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?
PATTYCAKE’S OPINION: For most people a snowy Christmas Eve is the perfect time to gather around the tree with family and friends, enjoying the warmth of a fire and a cup of hot chocolate. For Zachary Weston, it means trying to sleep on a bench in a churchyard, with only a thin blanket to protect him from the snow. Beaten, and then thrown out by his abusive father for being gay, Zach ended up in a small town somewhere in Virginia after his money ran out. Ben Hamilton, a rookie cop in his small home town, finds a scared young man sleeping on a bench. He offers the cold and hungry man a warm meal, warm clothes, and a warm place to sleep for the night. Little did either one know that one night of compassion will lead to so much more. (more…)
Posted by Lucky on
“I want new appliances if I can hold out, no stainless steel.”
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Mateo Esposito loves his job. Hired assassin for the U.S. Government, he takes lives and he kicks ass with no mercy.When a job lands in his lap that’s just not quite right, Mateo finds himself questioning for the first time in his career. Who would have known he’d be undone by a purple hippo…
Riley Flynn is CEO of Flynn Electronics. Deep in his closet, Riley wonders what it would feel like to be with a man. When his path crosses with Mateo’s, their lives will never be the same.
Because Riley is Mateo’s next target…….
Be aware….Hot guys making love, Satan on TV and anal beads are just a few of the things guaranteed to make you spit your liquid on your monitor. Enjoy
LUCKY’S OPINION: I had heard of this book many times, but had never picked up anything by the author, Sandrine Gasq-Dion. This book definitely makes me want to read more of her work.
Mateo is uber-hot. He’s definitely someone that attracts your attention. Thing is? He doesn’t do relationships. What is it about this other man, though? He makes Mateo feel things, do things he wouldn’t normally do.
That other man is Riley. Who is sexy in his own right. He’s also a target because of what he knows. Mateo swears he’ll keep Riley safe. He swears it. Unfortunately, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and Riley is taken. (more…)
Posted by Pattycake on December 6, 2013
“Mary frowned. “You can’t carry your weakness for helpless strays and orphans into your love life. Get a dog. Find a cause. Volunteer at the hospital. Then maybe you can fall in love with an equal partner instead of a project that needs you to survive.”
GENRE: M/M, holidays
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas and a Recommended Book!
CLICK TO TWEET : Pattycake reviews After Christmas Eve by Michael Rupured. 5 Sweet peas and Recommended Book!
As Philip Potter wraps up his last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, 1966, James Walker, his lover of several years, takes his life. Unaware of what waits for him at home, Philip drops off gifts to the homeless shelter, an act of generosity that later makes him a suspect in the murder of a male prostitute. Two men drive yellow Continentals. One is a killer, with the blood of at least six hustlers on his hands. Both men have secrets. And as Philip is about to discover, James had kept secrets, too. But James wasn’t trying to frame him for murder…
After Christmas Eve by Michael Rupured is a gripping character and plot driven story that starts out on a happy note, but rapidly descends into tragedy, mystery, and murder. With a smooth plot flow, and a solid backstory that fills in any gaps, this tale pulls you in from the beginning and doesn’t turn you loose until the very last page. The characters are complex, multi-layered, and live in a world where being homosexual can lead to being arrested, fired from your job, and the cops routinely hassle and even ignor crimes committed against you. The author’s writing style is brutally honest, concise, and eloquent. The author has done a superb job of researching what life was like for the LGBT community during the sixties, and the blatant predjudice, persecution, and disregard all too many people had for their rights. I really, REALLY like how the author skillfully, and deftly weaves together a murder mystery, personal tragedy, a blunt,no-holds-barred look at the attitudes of the time, and turns it into a taut psychological thrill ride. Just when you think you know who the killer is, the tale takes a left turn. The story has a HEA ending, but only after enough twists and turns to satisfy the most avid thrillseeker. If you want a story that pulls you in, takes you on a wild ride, and doesn’t turn you loose until the very last page, then I can DEFINITELY recommend this book to you.
Title: After Christmas Eve
Author: Michael Rupured
Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Cover Art: Deana C Jamroz
Length: 315 pages
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Posted by Trish on
Walt-”Be nice.” Vance-”I’m always nice. Just a sweet ole pussycat, you know that.” “If by sweet ole pussycat you mean rabid tiger, then yeah, that’s you to a T,” Walt said with a sarcastic drawl.”
GENRE: M/M, grief
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Trish reviews New York Cowboy by Lisa Worrall. 4 Sweet Peas!
It’s been six months since Vance Wolf buried his father. Driven to an early grave by the constant harassment of the new owner of the neighboring property, Andrew Blackwell. Now Vance’s cattle are disappearing faster than he can replace them and their cash flow has been wiped out by the new barn they had to build after the other one mysteriously caught fire. The local sheriff’s pockets are being lined by Blackwell, so Vance knows they’re on their own and is at his wits end. Then his mother suggests they open up the ranch to business types as a cowboy camp.
Adam Prentiss arrives at Wolf Creek Ranch on a team-building exercise with the four colleagues in his department. He is not the cowboy type, but has no choice as his boss, and father, has sent him to Wolf Creek with instructions to delve into the financial status of the ranch and report back to him. Falling for Vance Wolf had not been part of the plan, but the connection between them had been instant. But what was he more afraid of? Disobeying his boss or Vance finding out Adam’s father was in fact Andrew Blackwell and he’d been sent to help him appropriate Vance’s land by any means necessary?
TRISH’S OPINION: Vance Wolf is at the end of his rope. Six months ago he buried his father after he died of a massive heart attack brought on by the stress of being harssed by Andrew Blackwell, the new owner of Sweet Meadow Ranch, the spread next door to Wolf Creek. The barn had to be replaced after the first one burned to the ground under mysterious circumstances, and Vance’s cattle are disappearing faster than he can replace them. With Blackwell’s cash lining the pockets of the local law, Vance is on his own. His mother suggests that they open the ranch to business people as a cowboy camp. Adam Prentiss has come to Wolf Creek along with the four men in his department as a team-building exercise. Sent by his father to investigate the financial status of the ranch and report back to him, Adam finds himself attracted to Vance. Torn between hiding who he really is, and obeying his father’s orders, or telling Vance everything, and risk losing their relationship. (more…)