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TWO 5 and 3.5 Star Reviews for The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O’Shea #MM #Romance

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Title: The Millionaire Upstairs
Author Name & Publisher: M.J. O’Shea (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 1, 2016 – 198 pgs

Synopsis

He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.

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FiveStars

Sasha has the perfect job and a boss he loves but then there is his bosses brother who also happens to be his boss to who is such a jerk to him. So he fights the crush he has had on this man due to the way Harrison treats him. That is until one day his boss calls him in and asks him to work for her brother for the summer.

Just wow I thought this book was so sweet! Yes it did take me awhile to get over how Harrison acts but once I did I could not help loving these two men together. There is a rea Sasha has the perfect job and a boss he loves but then there is his bosses brother who also happens to be his boss to who is such a jerk to him. So he fights the crush he has had on this man due to the way Harrison treats him. That is until one day his boss calls him in and asks him to work for her brother for the summer.

Just wow I thought this book was so sweet! Yes it did take me awhile to get over how Harrison acts but once I did I could not help loving these two men together. There is a reason Harrison acts the way he does and you will see as the book progresses.

I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters! You get your angst and sweet with this story.

So I will leave this review with…I really loved this book and would recommend it!

Kara

FiveStars

A whirlwind romance streching from the Hamptons to Italy. This book was amazing. I loved it.

The main characters were perfect. Sasha is this doe eyed small town Kansas boy with big dreams who lands his dream job and in just two years rises to assistant to one of the owners. I love his sass and outspokenness and wisdom on how he handles his job and the people that he works with. Harrison, the other main character who is also the co-owner of the company, is so bipolar it makes for an exciting book. Sasha and Harrison clash and then go on this roller coaster ride full of angst. It makes for a great plot line and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love this type of book.

I highly recommend it. If you love a wonderful romance that also has angst and the fashion world then you will love this book. Go pick it up right now.

Ariel

ThreeandHalfStars

I had a very difficult time with this story.  While it had a ton of potential, I was so angry at the main character, that I had a hard time enjoying the story behind the meanness.

Harrison is entitled, mean, arrogant, untrustworthy and also, he’s a brilliant clothing designer.  Ugh, those people you just love to hate.  He is struggling in life – not in his business, which is doing well, but his personal life is nonexistent due to his prima attitude.

Then you have Sasha.  I loved him from the beginning.  Naive, strong, loving and compassionate, he has a way with people that one should envy.  He reluctantly helps his boss, Joanne out when she goes on maternity leave by staying with the controlling and growly Harrison.  Sasha knew this would be difficult, but I don’t think he realized how difficult.

Throughout this story, Harrison is mean, short tempered, almost toddler like in his behavior.  I really was crushed by him in so many different ways, on behalf of Sasha.

While I stated above that I felt that Sasha was strong, he was also too forgiving, in my opinion.

Overall a cute story, but not one that I would sing too many praises about.

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Three 3 Stars for Dragon Deception (Supernatural Consultant #2) by Mell Eight #M/M #Paranormal @MellEight

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Title:  Dragon Deception (Supernatural Consultant #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Mell Eight (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 10th 2016- 111 pages

Synopsis

A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn’t leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.

Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver’s name to destroy buildings, but there’s no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap—and only way to find out. Hopefully it won’t mean missing the picnic.

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ThreeStar

Mercury and Dane are back in this 2nd installment of the Supernatural Consultant series, and of course their kits.
It’s been 5 years since the event of the first book and the couple are doing well, the kits growing up a little. They were cute as ever, specially Lumie. Still, it got to the point that Lumie was mentioned way too many times, shoving the other kits in the background. I get that Lumie is an important part of the story, but I wanted to read about the others as well.
I can’t say that there wasn’t much going on in Book 2, cause there were several things going on, but it wasn’t as interesting to me as the first book. Maybe because there wasn’t a lot of Mercury and Dane interaction. I wanted to read more about them as a couple, but instead they were apart for a lot of the book doing stuff. Of course there was a bad guy, but not the main bad guy they needed so there will be a book 3. I’m going to read it, but hopefully I’ll get more Mercury and Dane time.
Cookie
ThreeStar

This is book 2 of a 2 book set. I don’t know if there will be more. You need to read book one, though, Dragon Consultant, to be able to understand the characters and the situation in this book.

Book 1, Dragon Consultant, was awesome. It was funny with a wonderful mystery and the characters came so alive, and I could not put it down. This book, though, didn’t live up to the standard of the first one, sorry to say.

Of course, the same characters are in it who are awesome and wonderful and I fell in love with them in the first book. The flow of this book was a little slow and not enough dialogue or character interaction.  It just didn’t feel like the first one. I really missed Dane and Mercury’s relationship being explored in this book. I was looking forward to reading about that.

The kits were a big draw to me. They were so funny with what they said and the interaction with the adults and with each other was hilarious and endearing, in book 1. That was missing from this book. There were a few scenes with the kits, but not enough to really grab me and draw me in like the first book.

The storyline is great, the plot is great, with a wonderful mystery. It didn’t catch me or hold me though. I read it because I loved, loved, loved the first book. I was disappointed though.

I do recommend this book as a partner to book one. Simply because it’s a continuation of the storyline.

Ariel
ThreeStar

To start of this review I need to be honest and say this Novella was just not for me…

This book just dragged for me in parts so I really had a hard time finishing this.. I really did like the first book in this series so I was hoping to see more of the two MC’s together to get a better feel for them as a couple. Well I just don’t feel them together at all, for some reason these characters just did not connect with me. In other words I did like the characters in this series but I just did not feel like they fit as a couple well. I really did like getting to see all the kit’s again and the MC’s, I also like the characters this author created in this series I just honestly did not like them together.

So as much as I liked the author’s pretense of this series and the first book I just did not connect with this story and sadly this novella was just not for me..

Kara

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Two 5, 4 and TWO 3 Stars for Out of Bounds (Boundaries #1) by A.R. Barley #M/M #NewAdult

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Title: Out Of Bounds (Boundaries #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.R. Barley (Carina Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 14th 2016-

Synopsis

When the weather outside starts cooling down, inside the dorm things are heating up. Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds?

Beaten and heartbroken, Jesse Cole is placed in a new dorm room after his last roommate attacked him. Just wanting to be left alone to heal in peace, he’s shocked when tall, dark and dangerous-looking Nick Moretti walks in.

Nick doesn’t have time to tiptoe around his new roommate—he’s too busy working in order to pay for school. But something about Jesse brings out his protective instincts. As their cautious friendship grows and becomes loaded with sexual tension, he wants to make Jesse comfortable.

Enter the perfect plan: a line of tape down the center of the room. Boundaries established.

But as innocent movie nights become hours-long temptation marathons, and whispered chats from across the room delve into straight-up dirty territory, crossing the line has never been so satisfying.

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FiveStars

I loved this book. It was a great college roommate story with a wonderful happy ending.

One of the main characters, Jesse, was amazing. He starts out as a scared, shy, timid sophomore. Throughout the story, though, he grows by leaps and bounds. At the end he becomes a ferocious lion.

The other main character, Nick, grows and develops as well. He starts out as this sloppy, Oscar-type, self-serving, out for number one person. By the end, though, he becomes loving, protective and will do anything for Jesse.

The plot was excellent as well. The author did a great job describing Jesse’s feelings and fears when he moved into his new dorm room and having to get past his trauma. It was an adventure seeing how Jessie developed throughout the story. Then when he was confronted with almost losing Nick he dug deep into himself and mustered up the strength and courage to do something about it. Which resulted in our wonderful happy ending.

I do recommend this book. If you love college roommate stories and you will love this book

~Ariel

FiveStars

I want to start of this review by saying I loved the way A.R. Barley wrote this story and these characters! It was beautiful but also painful with what happened to Jesse after his roommate hurt him.

Jesse is scared so he is jumpy when it comes to Nick who is tall dark and handsome. I loved the way Nick was with Jesse, so caring and gentle. Then there was Jesse who starts of scared, then he slowly works through what happened to him and comes out much stronger.

I do not want to give away any spoilers because this book was just so good I do not want to ruin it for anyone else. So I will leave this review with… I thought this story was beautiful and I loved it! I would definitely recommend this book!

~Kara

ThreeStar

I usually don’t like books in a college setting but this book was good. I liked how the relationship grew and built up and wasn’t instant love, this book wouldn’t have worked as instant love for me. You could feel the chemistry between Jesse and Nick and you wanted them to work. There was excessive use of the phrase “out of bounds” but other than that, the story was believable and had some good secondary characters as well. I really wish we would have gotten an answer to why Ryan over reacted when Jesse kissed him, something just didn’t add up, I am assuming we will find out in a future book?

~Angie

fourstars

Nick and Jesse meet, it is under less than ideal conditions.  Poor Jesse is still shocked at the turn of events – who knew that his roommate held back so much?  I loved how right away, despite his past, Jesse saw what an awesome person Nick was.  I do wish that we were able to have more closure when it came to Jesse’s situation, but understand that this was not the focus of the story.
Then you have big, bad Nick.  He has not had an easy life.  And, despite that not so great start to life, he was able to get himself in to school, be a decent human and learned to love fiercely.  In this story, he not only knows that he wants to protect Jesse, but he knows that there could be a lot more to this roommate than he could have imagined.
The beginning of the relationship, while a little slow, it more about safety – the feeling of safety than friendship.  I love how Nick was able to put Jesse’s fear aside – to show him compassion and love.  I also love how Jesse was able to let go of the past and learn to trust again.  Together, these two made an amazing couple.  They had a great basis of friendship, tons of chemistry and an eventuality of those two things developing in to a great romance.
I really hope that Kelly gets his own book.  He was a good friend, confidant and the annoying friend throughout this story and he should get his own time in the spotlight.
~AvidReader
 ThreeStarI’m just not sure about this book. It wasn’t bad, but I felt like some scenes were to rushed and other parts didn’t give enough detail.

I like that Nick has pulled himself together after a rough childhood and is putting himself through school. I also appreciate the fact that Jesse isn’t some spoiled rich kid going to school on his parent’s dime. Jesse is the more confident of the 2 men. When he wants something he goes after it. Nick is used to keeping everyone at arm’s length when it comes to his personal life. If no one knows what happened to him they won’t walk away. He falls apart at the seams and turns his back on Jesse when he feels like he lets him down.

~Kris

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4 Stars for Haffling (Haffling #1) by Caleb James #M/M #YoungAdult

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Title: Haffling  (Haffling #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Caleb James (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 11th 2013- 274 pages

Synopsis

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

All sixteen-year-old Alex Nevus wants is to be two years older and become his sister Alice’s legal guardian. That, and he’d like his first kiss, preferably with Jerod Haynes, the straight boy with the beautiful girlfriend and the perfect life. Sadly, wanting something and getting it are very different. Strapped with a mentally ill mother, Alex fears for his own sanity. Having a fairy on his shoulder only he can see doesn’t help, and his mom’s schizophrenia places him and Alice in constant jeopardy of being carted back into foster care.

When Alex’s mother goes missing, everything falls apart. Frantic, he tracks her to a remote corner of Manhattan and is transported to another dimension—the land of the Unsee, the realm of the Fey. There he finds his mother held captive by the power-mad Queen May and learns he is half-human and half-fey—a Haffling.

As Alex’s human world is being destroyed, the Unsee is being devoured by a ravenous mist. Fey is vanishing, and May needs to cross into the human world. She needs something only Alex can provide, and she will stop at nothing to possess it… to possess him.

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fourstars

This book made me feel a gambit of emotions. At first the story was really good and I loved it, then I got frustrated cause I was confused, I wanted to stop reading it but I just couldn’t, I like this book now, I couldn’t stop reading it, then it got better and then I was surprised due to twists in the story.

The concept of the story is great. I love stories about fairies and mortals who are half fey or something. That’s what drew me to this book.

The beginning of the book starts out great. I’m understanding it and it really draws me in. After Alex enters the park it gets complicated and confusing. I was wishing for an explanation of what was happening. After this, the story goes back and forth between understanding what was happening and being confused. About halfway through the book, that levels out and I’m understanding it and it gets smoother and better. A few surprises arise, but they are good. The ending I had a problem with, though.

Also, the cast of characters are wonderful and well developed.

Overall, the story is really great and written in such a way that it’s like I’m watching a movie. The confusing bits are a little bit difficult, but if you press in and continue the wrinkles press out and it becomes smooth.

Ariel

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4 Stars for Love Means… (Dreamspinner Press Bundles) by Andrew Grey #M/M #Romance @andrewgreybooks

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Title: Love Means… (Dreamspinner Press Bundles)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 753 pages

Synopsis

Don’t miss this exclusive bundle of stories in the best-selling Love Means… series by Andrew Grey: Love Means… Courage: Working side by side, Len and Cliff grow ever closer, but loving another man takes a lot of courage; Simple Gifts: Eli’s reconciled himself to a Christmas without his loved ones, until Geoff gives him a gift that changes the way Eli defines family; Love Means… No Boundaries: Joey can only hope Robbie will take a chance on love and escape the boundaries that have shaped his sightless life; Love Means… No Fear: Jonah and Raine’s mutual attraction draws them together, but they may not have a chance to explore it. Jonah’s father is making ultimatums, and the police believe that the attack on Raine may not have been as random as it initially appeared; Love Means… Healing: Armed with hope, Chris sets out to prove that love can provide the healing he and Len so desperately need; and Love Means… Family: Duane’s and Arie’s families are pulling them in opposite directions. Trying to build a connection to support their mutual attraction may prove to be more than difficult… it may be impossible.

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fourstars

These are beautifully crafted books. Andrew Grey is an accomplished author and this series showcases his storytelling abilities wonderfully.

Each book is fabulous unto themselves. We have a heartwarming series where love, family and friends are the center. I’m glad they included the …Courage story in this bundle as it is the foundational story. I only wish they would have included the second book, …No Shame, about the origin of Geoff and Eli. I feel it is also a foundational story. The second story in this bundle jumps ahead after Geoff and Eli meet. I really missed not being able to …No Shame.

That’s my only criticism for this bundle. Otherwise, it is an excellent series that I know everyone would love to read. So I highly recommend it and encourage everyone to get this bundle. I know you’ll enjoy it.

Ariel

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5 and 4 Stars for Hearth and Home (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by E.T. Malinowski @dreamspinners

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Title: Hearth and Home (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: E.T. Malinowski (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 56 pgs

Synopsis

Thistle is a sweet elf with a kind heart. He tries his best to help all the other elves in Santa’s workshop. Unfortunately, Thistle tends to leave disaster in his wake despite his good intentions. He dreams of finding an elf who will love him in spite of his clumsiness, an elf he can make a home for. But what elf wants to live in constant peril? Thistle figures he should just stick with his anonymous treat baskets, especially where Bayberry, Santa’s production manager, is concerned.

Bayberry is a bit of a serious elf. A little distant from most of the North Pole crew, Bayberry is lonely. When another Thistle Incident occurs, pushing the production department behind schedule only a few weeks before Christmas, Bayberry gets a “suggestion” from The Big Guy to ask Thistle for help. What could an accident-prone elf do to assist him? But to Bayberry’s surprise, he might gain more than help with his monthly reports.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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FiveStars

I really loved this book. It was one of the best books I’ve read.  I wish it was longer because I wanted to read more.

The concept for the story and the plot was exceptional. Two of Santa’s elves falling in love. So holiday perfect.

My favorite character was Thistle. Clumsy but sweet elf that everyone avoids but who has a heart of gold. The poor guy just didn’t feel like he fit in anywhere, but Mrs. Claus filled the mother role for him and welcomed him into her heart and kitchen because he was a very good baker. The other main character, Bayberry, also has a sweet heart and sees Thistle for the wonderful man he really is. He sees right through him, becomes more aware of him, and realises he’s in love with him.

Thistle is made for keeping a home for someone. He has a way with baking and cooking. Bayberry finally sees this and welcomes it and Thistle, into his heart.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I highly recommend it and encourage everyone to get it. It’s perfect holiday reading which will put you in the mood and warm your heart and make you want to eat cookies.

Ariel

fourstars

I love this book and I’m not one much for fantasy but this was a great read. The author was able to put together to totally different elves and make it believable. I really felt bad for Thistle in the beginning but it was great that both Thistle and Bayberry where able to make it work and have their HEA. This was a really great Christmas story.

Lynn

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THREE 5 Stars for Unto Us the Time Has Come (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Sean Michaels #MM #Holiday

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Title: Unto Us the Time Has Come (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 59 pgs

Synopsis

Last Christmas, Kenn Greyson gave husband Chris Martenson an ultimatum—spend more time with the family or we’re leaving. He never expected Chris’s reply would be “then leave,” but that’s exactly what happened, and Boxing Day took on a whole new meaning.

Separated for nearly a year now, both men are miserable apart and coping the best they can for the kids’ sake. With Christmas just around the corner, a new conflict arises: neither man is willing to forego Christmas morning with their children. Chris finally suggests they spend the holiday together at the house and, to his shock, Kenn agrees.

Armed with the knowledge that he’s been a stubborn idiot, but that perhaps he can change and begin to repair their relationship, Chris takes steps to win his husband back. He just hopes he can get Kenn on the same page before Santa comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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FiveStars

This was such a sweet Holiday story!

So Kenn gave a ultimatum to Chris his husband last Christmas because he felt like Chris did not spend enough time with their children or him. Well Chris tells Kenn to leave then which causes their family to break apart.

This was a story about a second chance at love and trying to fix past mistakes that should not have not been made. I loved the way Sean Michael wrote these characters and this story! You get the sweet and the caring in this story, then mix it in with the holidays and this was the perfect holiday Novella!

All together I really loved this story!
I would recommend this Novella!

Kara

FiveStars

I loved this story. It was very sweet and just wonderful. Sean Michael has done it again.

Kenn and Chris’ story is heartbreaking with a beautiful HEA. Poor Kenn, after the separation, he takes two part time jobs and works himself to exhaustion and then has to come home and take care of the kids. The way Sean writes this you feel exhausted yourself.

Chris is this hard-nosed big shot in a company and I’m glad when he finally sees the toll that Kenn’s constant working was having on him. I wish, though, there was more written about Chris. I feel like the character wasn’t developed enough.

I love reading an m/m story with kids in it. This story is no exception that it portrays an amazingly loving family.

I highly recommend this story. It was exceptionally well written and was so sweet with lots of love going around with a great HEA.

~Ariel

FiveStars

I absolutely love when Sean Michael does a heartwarming and tender story. This was great. I immediately had a connection to Kenn and Chris and loved the kids also. I would love to get more of Kenn and Chris. I loved how the author was able to make a complete story in just 59 pages. That is the sign of a really good author. Great job!!

~Lynn

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5, 4, 3.5 and 3 Star Reviews for Son of Santa (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Kate Sands #MM #Magic @KateSandsWrites @dreamspinners

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Title: Son of Santa (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Kate Sands (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 1, 2015 – 53 pgs

Synopsis

Noel Nicholas is on a sabbatical from the North Pole realm. Back home he’s known as the Son of Santa, but in the human world, he’s a university student and he likes living in anonymity. Only Ruby, his cupid friend from the Eros realm, knows his true identity. That is, until Fannar, the gorgeous ice-sprite from the Pole, shows up unexpectedly. This causes Noel’s suppressed and unrequited crush on Fannar to return full force. However, there are more pressing matters at hand—Noel’s father has taken an extended vacation but cannot be found, and there’s only a month until Christmas.

As Noel is finishing his semester at school and he hasn’t seen his father in months, Mrs. Claus has tasked Fannar with finding Santa. Fannar keeps in touch with Noel but comes around far more often than necessary. It’s not helping Noel’s ability to hide his feelings… but as it turns out, they may not be as one-sided as Noel originally believed.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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FiveStars

I really loved this book. What first drew me was the cover and the title. The cover art was great and I’ve always loved son of Santa movies so I thought a son of Santa book would be very interesting.

The author takes a different spin on the Christmas spirit and how Santa works. Her concept and ideas were brilliant. I really loved it and it was easily understandable. She weaves this realm in the North Pole so well it comes to life and you feel like you’re there. Even though the story does not take place in the North Pole you get a real feel for it. Put on your parka when you read this story – it does get chilly. Must be that North Pole Arctic wind.

The idea of the son of Santa wanting to take a sabbatical and basically put Christmas on hold for four years while he’s at university is hilarious. It’s so funny and such a great idea. If you put yourself in his shoes having to live with Christmas 24/7 all your life, yeah, I would want to take a sabbatical for a while too.

The relationship of the main characters was very sweet. It was wonderful and breathtaking and suspenseful. You are left not knowing, until the end, if Noel was going to say yes to a relationship or not.

I also love how the author describes Winnipeg. She really makes it come to life I thought I could see my own breath.

I highly recommend this book. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. It was a wonderful holiday story. If you too love son of Santa movies, holiday movies or Santa movies then you will definitely love this book.

Ariel

ThreeStar

So to be honest this story really did not grab me at all unfortunately and parts of this really dragged for me sadly. Noel is Santa’s son and he leaves home to attend a university. Now I have to say I really was not a fan of his character at all. He just came across as a jerk to me for some reason, especially with the way he treats Fannar. I did really like Fannar’s character though, which made me feel so bad for him with the way Noel treated him.

I did really like the authors pretense of this story and this world the author created.

So I will leave this review with…I am sad to say this novella was just not for me.

~Kara

ThreeandHalfStars

This is my first book by this author and I’m not usually one for fantasy and magic but I enjoyed this book. Ms. Sands writing style was very easy to read and the characters amazing. Yes, Noel was very grumpy and rude but it just added to the story. My biggest complaint was that I felt there were many things left out of the story. This was overall a pretty good book. I would defiantly like to see what this author could do with a full length novel.

~Lynn

FourStars

This was in interesting little novella with a holiday spin. I liked they way we learn about Santa’s unmentioned son and the way he is tired of the high standards expected of him in the North Pole.
Watching Noel take on some of his responsibilities and seeing the joy it brought him was really sweet and fun.
I felt like the story could have easily been expanded into a longer one because there were dynamics between the two main characters that came off a bit harsh at times, but I think it was simply because we didn’t get to see more of the story from life on the Pole and what caused the hardship between them more descriptively.
I did like the way Noel was a bit rough and jaded because of his position that he didn’t particularly want, but had no way to really get away from at the same time. The way he sort of softened for Fannar was sweet even though it took a bit to get there.
I would read more from this author for sure.
Renee

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5 and 3 Star Reviews for Hot on a Chipmunk’s Tail (Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly #4) by Jackie Nacht #Paranormal #MM

1.5

Title: Hot on a Chipmunk’s Tail (Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Jackie Nacht (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 21, 2015 – 57 pgs

Synopsis

This mountain lion is out to chase his skittish chipmunk down.

Jason has always lived under the protection of his twenty brothers and sisters. Even though he cares for his neighbor, Will, when a chance to leave the home he’s lived in forever, Jason takes the chance and runs to White Pine. Unfortunately, some of his brothers are coming along for the ride.

Will can’t believe his shy chipmunk just up and moved. Through the meddling of Jason’s sisters and a best friend who lives in White Pine, Will chases Jason to White Pine. Will they be able find the connection in White Pine where they couldn’t at home?

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FiveStars

I adored this book. This book is hilarious, family oriented, and so fun to read.

The author is brilliant writing a series on chipmunks. They are so fun to watch and they get into so many antics and funny situations. They could have their own TV show just watching what they do. Not that I have some chipmunks in my backyard that I watch, but I have good visualization skills.

This book is mainly about the family with more focus on the main characters. It’s a rather large family but the story only has some of the family in it and each one is interesting. This story is not dull or boring at all.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the story. The main characters have just spotted each other in a Deli and they’re in the middle of their conversation:

“So?” Will raised a brow.
“So?” Jason asked inquisitively. Mayday. Mayday. This conversation is going down!

I very highly recommend this book and the series. This is the first book I’ve read of the series and I’m going to buy the other books. If you want a book or series that is a fun read and that will get you laughing, then pick up this book and series.

Ariel

ThreeStar

I have to say I loved the different approach to shifters in this book. I don’t think I have ever read about a chipmunk shifter before.

So you end up meeting so many different characters in this book that it really does not focus much on the two MC’s relationship. Which I have to be honest and say i really was not a fan of that because what you do see is just a little bit between these two men and it jumps through time without really showing them together very much at all. So I was left unsure of what I feel about these two men together.

This was such a short story that i really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… Sadly this Novella was just not for me.

Kara

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4 Stars for The Marrying Kind by Jay Northcote #MM #Contemporary @jay_northcote @dreamspinners

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Title: The Marrying Kind
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Jaybird Press/Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length:  April 17th 2015 -105 pages

Synopsis

Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?

Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.

A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.

All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.

If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.

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FourStars

This book had a few wonderful surprises. First is the author and second is the plot and concept.

This book is written by an English author, using English slang, with locations in England. Thankfully, though, this book is not loaded with English slang and the locations are written simply that us Americans can understand it. I really appreciate that. I’ve read books that are so full of English slang that I couldn’t understand it and I had to stop reading only a few pages into the book. This book was a pleasant and comfortable read.

The plot is very refreshing. Usually you see m/m books that are about falling in love, but this one is about established partners who are going to get married. I really liked this plot and concept and it has some great drama and suspense in it. Loved it.

I do recommend this book. If you like long term m/m partner stories who are finally going to get married but have to go over some hurdles first to get to that HEA, then this book is for you. I also encourage those who shy away from English author stories to give this one a try.

Ariel

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