Title: Home for the Holidays
Author Name : S.J. Himes, Jenna Kendrick, Heather C. Leigh, Liv Rancourt, Felice Stevens
Publication Date: November 29, 2015
Home can be a person as well as a place. Everyone deserves a home for the holidays, as the stories in this collection affirm.
The Eighth Night by Jenna Kendrick
Going home for the holiday only to find his parents have made other plans, Kai Meyers is thrilled to reunite with an old friend. Disowned by his religious family, Ari Fisher is used to being treated like a boy toy rather than a boyfriend, and now he only has eight days to reveal his secrets to Kai.
24-Hour Hold by Heather C. Leigh
Detectives Damon Porter and Anderson Malloy are now partners at Denver’s Major Case Unit. The problem is, they used to be boyfriends, and now they’re feeling anything but friendly towards each other.
Learning to Love by Felice Stevens
Returning home for the holiday, caterer Gideon Marks tried hard to push away his high school crush. But Rabbi Jonah Fine wouldn’t let him run again, or keep the secret Gideon’s tried so desperately to hide.
Saving Silas by SJ Himes
Paramedic Gael Dominic wasn’t expecting much from the holidays. Blood, death, and loneliness were constants. So when tragedy puts a wounded Silas in his path, Gael takes a chance on his alleyway angel and love.
Christmas in LaLa Land by Liv Rancourt
For a Danaan sidhe like Aron, touching a human has consequences, while Damian’s hiding some serious scars behind his smile. A holiday trip to LA forces them to choose between acting on their attraction or giving up on love because of the past.
Proceeds from Home for the Holidays are being donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York City to help homeless LGBTQ youth.
The Eighth Night by Jenna Kendrick~ Rating: 4 Stars
This story was sweet but left up in the air a little bit too much for me. So Kai is a video game programmer who gets tricked into visiting his family for the holidays to just end up dog sitting while his parents go on a vacation. Well one night while getting groceries the elevator stops working while he is on it with another person Ari who is his EX. I loved that they reconnected and I thought it was very sweet but the whole Ari’s job and what was going to happen now that they were back together was a left a little up in the air. Otherwise I really did like this story and thought it was very sweet!
24-Hour Hold by Heather C. Leigh~ Rating: 4 Stars
This story is about Anderson and Damon who used to be lovers but Anderson was so firmly in the closet that Damon could not take it anymore so they parted ways. Well Anderson ends up being Damon’s partner again with them both being detectives in order for Anderson to help break the case load that Damon’s precinct seems to have a lot of unsolved cases. I did really like this story, I thought it was sweet and also very steamy. I loved the falling back in love aspect in this story also. All together I really liked this story!
Learning To Love by Felice Stevens ~ Rating: 5 Stars
With this story we Gideon who had a huge crush on Jonah in high school but also had such a hard time in school too. I can not even put into words how much I loved this story. There was so much sweet and steam between these two men. There was also the fact I loved the way this author wrote these characters with Gideon’s reserved but strong when he needed to be but also afraid for anyone to find out what he had a hard time with in school and now.. Then there was Jonah’s strong I know what I want and I want Gideon attitude, also the way he cared about Gideon it was just so sweet. I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters! All together I really loved this story!
Saving Silas by SJ Himes~ Rating: 5 Stars
This story was about Gael who was a medic in the war and is now a paramedic who still has problems dealing with what happened while he was there. Then there was Silas who was caught kissing a boy which causes his father to beat him and makes Silas run away to live on the street hiding from his father. I loved this story about these two men!!
There was the way that Gideon was so protective and caring about Silas from the get go and the way Silas loved Gael from the start who also helped Gael’s darkness go away from after the war. There was just so much sweet with this story. I loved the way this author wrote these two characters and this story! All together I really loved this story!
Christmas in LaLa Land by Liv Rancourt ~ Rating: 3 Stars
This story was about Aron who is a rent boy and a fairy. Then there was Damian who delivers his weekly Amazon Fresh delivery. I want to be honest and say this story was just so confusing to me and I felt like I was missing out on some parts of this, so I was really lost through most of this story. I also was not really a fan of Aron for some reason either. So I am sad to say this story was just not for me…
So all together I really liked and loved most of these stories and thought this book was perfect for the holidays!
I would recommend this book!
Overall – 4 Stars
The Eighth Night by Jenna Kendrick – 4 Stars
This book was great, the only complaint I have is I wish it was longer. I would love to see a full book of these characters. I would also like to see where they could take their relationship. However this book was a really easy read. The author was able to take two men that were previously best friends and a couple in high school and bring them back together in a wonderful holiday story.
24-Hour Hold by Heather C. Leigh – 4 Stars
This story started out kind of slow but slowly heats up. I loved how the author brought Daman and Ace back together. This was another sweet story and the author was able to being back together two men that were perfect for each other.
Learning to Love by Felice Stevens – 5 Stars
I absolutely loved this story. It was sweet and inspiring. I loved how the author brought a very common learning disorder to life and it gave me hope that Gideon would someday learn to read. I also loved that the author brought religion into the story and they supported gays.
Saving Silas by SJ Himes – 4.5 Stars
This was another great holiday story. This story dealt with a young man who was running from his father after his father finds out he’s gay and gets caught in the crossfire of an incident in Boston. I love how this young man was rescued and he ends up falling in love with his rescuer.
Christmas in LaLa Land by Liv Rancourt – 3.5 Stars
I would have to say this was the story I like the least. Only because was a fantasy/paranormal. I’m not one for stories with fae/fairies in them but it was definitely easy to read. I did love how the author brought Aron and Damian together. There were many secondary characters that were amazing and hilarious. Overall, a very good story.
From The Eighth Night
Kai pulled up to the valet and peeled his stiff fingers from the wheel. White-knuckling it through downtown Boston traffic did not foster the inner peace necessary to handle spending the holidays with his family. He’d spent the majority of the drive kicking himself for not taking the train from Albany, but then he wouldn’t have been able to put in a couple hours at the office before heading out.
He popped the trunk of his blue Fusion and pulled his duffel bag and laptop backpack from the passenger seat. By the time he walked to the back of the car, a bellhop had already pulled his small suitcase out of the trunk and was on his way into the building with it, leaving Kai no choice but to follow. Entering the private resident lobby, he was cleared by security and escorted to the elevators. He remembered how uncomfortable he’d been with all this pomp and ceremony when he was fifteen and his family had moved into the building. The fanciful idea of living in a hotel belonged in children’s books, not real life. He still felt awkward as an adult, as if he were acting out a scene in a movie.
He exited the elevator on the 30th floor and immediately spotted the bags in the hall outside his parents’ apartment. No. They wouldn’t…
“Malachai, you’re finally here.” His mother stepped into the hall, pulling on her
gloves. “I just left you a note on the kitchen counter.” She looked down at the bags as if checking to see they were all accounted for, but Kai saw the lack of eye contact for the avoidance tactic it was.
“Going somewhere? I thought we were having a family Chanukah this year.”
I’m a thirty something bisexual cisgendered woman with way too big an imagination, but that comes in handy when I’m writing. I have been writing since I was a child, when I took a four page assignment on what I was going to do on summer vacation and turned it into a 100 page fantasy epic all written by hand…in crayons. No joke.
I work a day job, but I can’t share for who, since the Old Man isn’t as liberated as the people who read my books. I’m married, I have furbabies, and I live with loved ones. I adore a certain show about a British consulting detective and his grumpy army doctor, and that spawned an addiction to Johnlock fanfiction, which then evolved into me writing it. Gawd, that’s embarrassing. Put this down in the TMI section of my Bio, okay? I enjoy martial arts, movies where things blow up, and I wish I lived in a Marvel movie.
I live in the beautiful and lonely Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and I see way more wildlife than I care to on a daily basis (bears!). My perfect day is reading surrounded by friends and family who don’t think it’s odd I want to hang out but not talk, and my favorite scent of all time is a cool fall evening with leaves burning….less a scent, and My writing is focused on gay and lesbian people, who are more than interesting side characters that hang out with the heterosexual MCs. My wish for the future is that when people ask me what I do for a living, I can say, “I write gay romance,” and NOT get weird more of an experience.
My writing is focused on gay and lesbian people, who are more than interesting side characters that hang out with the heterosexual MCs. My wish for the future is that when people ask me what I do for a living, I can say, “I write gay romance,” and NOT get weird looks. Also write under pen name Revella Hawthorne.
Jenna Kendrick writes male/male new adult and contemporary romance, her favorite genre to read. She lives in Upstate New York, where she spends the better part of the year trying to stay warm and dry. When she’s not writing, she reads, watches The Princess Bride and The Avengers far too often, spends time with her husband and friends, and drinks more coffee and tea than she’d care to admit. She shares her home office with her dog, Tally, and her cats, Loki and Tamiris.
Jenna spent most of her class time in high school writing bad poetry and short stories in which her teachers were the villains. She began writing in earnest in college, putting it aside for a few years to work as a teacher and product manager for several online services. In addition to writing fiction, Jenna also writes nonfiction technical books under another name.
Heather C. Leigh
Heather C. Leigh is the author of the Amazon bestselling Famous series. She likes to write about the ‘dark’ side of fame. The part that the public doesn’t get to see, how difficult it is to live in a fishbowl and how that affects relationships.
Heather was born and raised in New England and currently lives outside Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby.
She loves the Red Sox, the Patriots, and anything chocolate (but not white chocolate, everyone knows it’s not real chocolate so it doesn’t count) and has left explicit instructions in her will to have her ashes snuck into Fenway Park and sneakily sprinkled all over while her family enjoys beer, hot dogs, and a wicked good time.
I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire … or sometimes demon … I lean more towards funny than angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog’s cuteness is legendary, and we share the For sneak peeks and previews and other assorted freebies, go HERE to sign up for my homestead with three ferrets. Who steal things. Because they’re brats. mailing list.
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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.
But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.
Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
Heather C. Leigh