The Christmas Oaks (Laurel Holidays, #1) by V.L. Locey 3*
BLURB: Can the magic of Christmas, and the soft voice of a man who has seen too much, show Bryan a future where anything is possible?
Bryan Graham is shocked to find he’s inherited a hunting cabin in north-central Pennsylvania. From his grandfather of all people; a stubborn man who went out of his way to make Bryan’s childhood miserable. He’d vowed never to go back to the small, rural community of Kutter’s Summit, not that he didn’t have fond memories of the place. It’s just that he’d rather be celebrating a quiet Christmas back in Nashville with his cat and his contracts.
A couple of weeks of hunting, cleaning, and handyman work, and he can hopefully put the place up for sale and move on with his life. He never expected to find his childhood friend Parson Greer living in the cabin. Parson is no longer a boy, but a handsome, wary man consumed by the demons of a faraway desert war. When a rekindled friendship shifts into something deeper, Bryan finds himself lost in emotions that a workaholic like him has never made time to experience before.
My Review: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a pleasant enough story that was a nice way to get into the Christmas Spirit but it wasn't an exceptional one. I enjoyed the world building and the characters but, for me, it was too predictable and I'm unlikely to try reading any of the rest of the series. However it has had a lot of 5* reviews so don't rely on just my opinion. Go buy it and decide for yourself if it's what you will enjoy.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Author: J.R. Lawrie
Title: Let Your Heart Be Light
Length: 49,000 words approx.
Publisher: Carnation Books
Release Date: 13th Dec. 2019
This holiday season, celebrate with a trio of festive gay romances by debut author J. R. Lawrie. This anthology features three stories sure to warm the heart and captivate the senses. Full of romance, humor, sweetness, and the perfect amount of heat, this collection is perfect for an evening by the fire.
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Dr. David Christmas has heard every joke in the book when it comes to his name. Weary of the festive season and from his long shifts in the emergency room, David is also tired of his lonely single life. His only hope for Christmas is a glimpse of the shy but gorgeous neighbour who lives above him.
Christmas-loving Julian has nurtured a crush on the grumpy man downstairs for years now. Still hurting from his ex-boyfriend's cruelty, he hasn't yet dared to say hello. When an injury on Christmas Eve puts Julian directly into David's careful hands, a little healing might be on the way.
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THE FARRINGDON CLUB
Up-and-coming comedian Zack Wynn splits his time between the stage and the London pizza restaurant where he works, until life hands him one hell of a Christmas present. Richard Garston is the handsome and clever older man of Zack's dreams, but what exactly is it that Richard does?
Soon, Zack learns the truth: Richard's classified role in the British government makes him a much bigger deal than he claimed.
Is Zack ready for the politics and power of Richard's world?
And is Richard's world ready for him?
Buy LinksJ. R. Lawrie graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Language and Literature in 2011. She believes queer readers deserve a wealth of interesting stories, not just familiar tales of self-loathing. She practices what she preaches in York, UK, with her wife and their three spoiled guinea pigs.
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