5 and TWO 4 Stars for Don’t Stop Believing (Silver Pines #1) by Gwen Hayes #MM #Romance


Title: Don’t Stop Believing (Silver Pines #1)
Author Name: Gwen Hayes
Publication Date & Length: November 3, 2015 –  59 pgs


The Ogre from the Hill

Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.

The Book Nerd from the City

Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.

A Christmas to Remember

Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to run his fingers over the scrape of stubble on his cheeks. To pull him into a kiss. To reignite feelings he’d denied himself for too long. Life is right there, blazing in the eyes of the town librarian. A man who isn’t afraid of him. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.

But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.

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Such a sweet Christmas Novella!

In this book you get Simon who was a Navy Seal until he was hurt then he became a recluse who takes animals in that need help.
Then there was Adam the towns new Librarian who is attracted to Simon and wants to bring him out of his shell.
Something happens that leaves Adam stranded in a snow storm until Simon rescues him from the side of the road.

I don’t want to go much more into this book because this is a short story and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. So I will say this book was so sweet. I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story! Yes this was a short Novella but I felt the way the story was done that everything fit perfectly! This is the perfect Novella for Christmas about a mans journey through pain and back to find love again.

All together I loved this Christmas Novella!
I would recommend this book!



4 Tears and Smiles Stars!!
My favourite time of the year and favourite Journey song are what pulled me into the blurb for this story. The author grabbed my attention and kept it for the whole story. It might have been short but it gave me enough details about both main characters and they made their way into my heart.
Simon broke my heart, and made it smile. Could feel the intensity between Simon and Adam from the pages!! A perfect story of a wounded hero healing and get you in the mood for the holidays!
I would read more by this author!
Reviewer: Kimberley
FourStarsThis is my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a very sweet story with a Christmas time theme. I did not like how all the love scenes (sex scenes) are always in the back burner. I don’t know why the author would do that. However, I really like how the men seem to dance around each other before finally getting together. I absolutely loved the book nerd (Adam) but took me a while to warm up to Simon (the ogre from the hill). Overall a really good story I just like my sex scenes on page.


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Gwen Hayes (that’s me) lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero and a pack of wild beasts (two of whom she gave birth to).

She is a reader, writer, and lover of pop culture (which, other than yogurt, is the only culture she gets).

Gwen is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency and her first Young Adult Paranormal novel, FALLING UNDER, will be released by Penguin Books in the March of 2011.


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