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3.5 and 3 Stars for Fireworks and Resolutions (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Leandra Dohman #M/M #Holiday

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Title: Fireworks and Resolutions (Sleigh Ride-2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Leandra Dohman (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30th 2015- 20 pages

Synopsis

Something big happened at the office Christmas party between Joseph and Carter, his coworker and ultimate crush. Too bad Joseph doesn’t remember it. Now, it’s New Year’s Eve, and Joseph finds himself locked in the bathroom with Carter. Joseph doesn’t understand why his natural confidence fizzles out whenever Carter is around, but the man reduces him to an awkward mess. If he can just find the courage to be himself, there might be more fireworks in his future than the ones they watch from the balcony.

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

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ThreeandHalfStars

I loved the office romance type deal and love awkward flirting. I loved the story line because it wasn’t your typical office romance. Joseph was great and I loved Carter and the author was able to take this holiday romance and build it into a really great story. This was another cute holiday story from Dreamspinner’s Advent Calendar.

Lynn

ThreeStar

I normally love office romances and the awkward start to
relationships, but this story missed it for me. It was too rushed and
I felt like I didn’t get a chance to connect to either character at
all. I didn’t really care for all of the telling in the story. We were
told of all these things that had transpired between the characters at
other times and it just didn’t draw me in the way I would’ve liked.

However, I felt like the times when it was the two men in real time,
it was much better. There was a tiny flare of heat and chemistry
there. But again, because I didn’t connect with either character it
wasn’t as good as it could’ve been.

So, sadly, this story just wasn’t for me. I felt if it had been
expanded upon, it could’ve been much better.

Renee

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4.5 Stars for Christmas Miracles of a Recently Fallen Spruce (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Brandon Witt #M/M #Holidays @wittauthor

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Title: Christmas Miracles of A Recently Fallen Spruce (Sleigh Ride-2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Brandon Witt (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 1st 2015- 26 pages

Synopsis

Paxton Peterson’s favorite day of the year is his annual Gay Boy Christmas dinner. He’s checked and double-checked his to-do list, because nothing stresses him out like the unexpected. Confident everything will run smoothly, Paxton embarks on his yearly snowshoed hike through the Rocky Mountains near his home. His perfectly planned evening is cut short by Logan Charles’s careless enjoyment of his brother’s snowmobile, and Paxton is stranded in the woods. It’s the worst thing that could’ve possibly happened to him—or maybe the best.

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

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FourandHalfStars

This was a very sweet and humorous story and I just smiled through the whole thing. I love Brandon Witt, he is such an incredibly talented author and I have never been disappointed with his books. The writing was flawless and the characters were well thought out. It is amazing what he can do in only 25 pages. I loved both Paxton and Logan and would love to hear more about them.

Lynn

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5 Stars for He’s Behind You (Treading the Boards #3) by Rebecca Cohen #MM #Humor @Dreamspinners

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Title: He’s Behind You (Treading The Boards #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Rebecca Cohen (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 2nd 2015- 140 pages

Synopsis

It’s panto season for the Sarky Players, an amateur dramatics society based in Greenwich, South London. With the traditional Christmas play around the corner, it’s time to get ready for more larger than life performances—on and off stage.

While Craig Rosen is happy with his quiet life playing Warhammer and working in a university lab, a new colleague thinks he needs more excitement and drags Craig along to an audition for the Christmas pantomime, Aladdin.

Corporate lawyer Jason Carter accepted he’s gay a little later in life than most, but now divorced and in his late thirties, he’s ready to embrace who he really is. He can’t believe his luck when he runs into Craig at the audition and the cute younger man agrees to help him navigate his new life. There’s no doubting the attraction between Craig and Jason, but with Craig’s insecurities and Jason still finding his way, they’ll need to make sure they don’t veer off script.

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FiveStars

I love this series, and this was a great addition. These all match really well with my own somewhat snarky sense of humor, so that’s probably what I’ve enjoyed most.

I really liked the dynamic between Craig and Jason. They both had their own insecurities, and they both had ways in which they were able to be the voice of reason for each other. For such a short story in which the main characters pretty much start dating right away, there was still a lot of delicious slow build.

I’m a sucker for a good story about nerds, and Craig was in fine form throughout. I often find nerd stories woefully lacking in actual geekery, so it was an absolute delight that Craig had honest-to-goodness geek-out moments. The tension over Jason’s son enjoying the same hobby was a really nice take on the age gap.

Jason was a treasure as well. Coming out later in life can be handled so poorly or fall into several bad tropes, but Jason wasn’t a stereotype. I loved his ex and his kids, and it was nice to see a bit of how they rebuilt in a new way after their divorce.

All in all, this was a fun, smart read and I enjoyed it very much.

Amy

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THREE 5 Stars for The Greatest Gift (Memories #2.5) by Felice Stevens #MM #Holiday @FeliceStevens1

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Title: The Greatest Gift (Memories #2.5)
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date & Length: December 10, 2015 – 86 pgs

Synopsis

After five years, Alex Stern and Rafe Hazelton have what seems to be the perfect marriage. Alex is entering his last years of residency and Rafe’s veterinary business is busier than ever. For Rafe, all that is missing is a child, but Alex, afraid of ending up to be a man like his father, isn’t as sure. He doesn’t want to make any mistakes.

When a new patient enters the hospital, Alex is drawn to the young, desperately ill single mother, who shares her fears for the future of her young son. Rafe worries about the toll on Alex becoming emotionally invested in a patient, yet he too can’t walk away once he meets the little boy, and together they vow to help in any way possible.

Families are not always born of blood— love is a gift no one can plan for. And sometimes from the darkest of tragedies, the brightest light will shine.

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FiveStars

So I am sitting here writing this review with tears in my eyes because this book was just so beautiful but at the same time sad with what happened to Jude.

Rafe and Alex have been married for awhile and it has come to the point in their marriage were Rafe is ready for children but Alex is so busy at work and also has a fear of being like his father with his own children.

I want to say this author Felice Stevens did such a amazing job with this story! Between the love these two men have for each other and for Dylan. Then there was the ending which I thought was truly beautiful the way everything worked out for Rafe, Alex and Dylan.
I do not want to give away any spoilers because you really need to read this book for yourself it was just so good!

So I will leave this review with I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this Novella!

Kara

FiveStars

It was great seeing Alex and Rafe again and even Micah and Josh. This was a beautiful story about family and love. The characters could have been your family or friends and when you were reading the story you felt like you were right there next to them. Even though it was a short book it was filled with passion, love and a few tears, just like life.

Angie

FiveStars

This book what so great I can hardly formulate what I want to say. I have no doubt that Felice Stevens has a gift for storytelling. First we clearly see and feel the everlasting love between Alex and Rafe. That’s what Felice Stevens does within the pages of this book, she makes you feel. The best thing about Felice Stevens books are there originality. The whole book just seamlessly flows together and I didn’t want to put it down.

I loved that Jude gave her blessing for Alex and Rafe to adopt Dylan. I cried when Dylan visited his mother especially right before she died but was glad to see that Ms. Stevens put that into the story. This shows that she isn’t afraid to write the hard things. This story was an amazing and heartwarming and an excellent holiday story.

I would recommend this book to everyone because if you don’t love a heartwarming story that is guaranteed to make love and cry then you have to be crazy.

Lynn

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