Gabbi Reviews: Santa for Hire by Asta Indonea

Title: Santa for Hire
Author: Asta Idonea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 31
Characters: Richard Barratt, Blaine Ryder
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Holiday, DSP Advent Calendar 2016
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Dumped by his ex on Christmas Eve two years ago, Oxford Street department store manager Richard Barratt now hates the holidays. Things go from bad to worse when the store’s usual Santa is too ill to reprise his role and the firm sends cocky but handsome Blaine Ryder to take his place. The attraction between the two is clear, but Blaine is an incorrigible player who reminds Richard of his ex. His idea of a relationship is a quick roll in the hay, and his advances have Richard running for the hills. It might take some special intervention for both of them to realize they can change enough to have a chance at a holiday romance.

Review:

Santa for Hire is a sweet and uplifting short Christmas story that left this reader with a huge smile on her face.

Richard can’t stand Christmas. Two years ago his ex-lover left him on Christmas Eve and since then, Richard has been going through the motions of life. When the new Santa, Blaine, steps in for the season, Richard is both fascinated and leery of him. He knows that under Blaine’s flirtatious manner and sex appeal, is a man who could never commit to something serious and Richard isn’t interested in giving his time and heart away to someone who wouldn’t cherish and appreciate him.

The moment Blaine meets Richard, he knows there is something special about him. As time goes by and he gets to know the quiet man more, Blaine is convinced that Richard is the man he wants to take a chance with. Blaine knows it will be a challenge to get Richard to open his heart and mind to him but he knows gaining Richard’s heart and trust will be worth it in the end.

I thought this was a very sweet story. The chemistry between these two men was strong one. It was obvious that they had something special flowing between them and I quickly found myself gripped within the story they had to tell. I liked Blaine’s persistence to win over Richard’s trust and heart. Both men were likeable heroes that I really enjoyed getting to know.

If you like Christmas stories that will lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face, then Santa for Hire is definitely the novella for you!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: All I Want for Christmas is No Christmas by Colton Aalto

Title: All I Want for Christmas is No Christmas
Author: Colton Aalto
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 35
Characters: Alec Ryder, Hayden Adler
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Holiday, DSP Advent 2016
Kisses: 3

Blurb:

Alec Ryder’s arrest in Aspen, early on the morning of December twenty-fifth, is the latest disaster in his series of unhappy Christmases. He’s dreaded the holiday since being subjected to endless church services as a child. Being kicked out on Christmas Day after he came out to his parents, followed by an improbable series of yearly yuletide trips to the emergency room, haven’t made his Christmases any merrier. But getting busted for prostitution is the worst catastrophe; it means Alec’s dream of a college degree is gone, replaced by the specter of jail time.

Just when Alec thinks things can’t get worse, Hayden Adler shows up to interrogate him. Hayden is a glamorous attorney who also happens to be Alec’s college roommate’s cousin. Alec’s had a crush on Hayden for years, but whatever miniscule chance Alec might’ve had is now history—just like the life he’s been trying to build for himself.

But things aren’t quite what they seem. In a long line of miserable Christmases, Alec will never forget this one, although not for the reasons he suspects.

Review:

The Christmas season has never given Alec any warm fuzzy feelings. Even as a child, it has never been a holiday that he’s particularly been fond of. Over the years, Alec hasn’t had many good things happen to him on Christmas, so most of the time, Alec does what he can to avoid it.

Alec has had to fight to get any kind of financial security. He’s been alone since the age of 17 and through prostitution, Alec has been able to put himself through college. Now, just months before he graduates, Alec finds himself in a sticky situation and in possible legal trouble on Christmas day. When the one man, Hayden, who has haunted most of Alec’s fantasies since he met him years ago, shows up to interrogate him, Alec knows his bad Christmas luck will continue to plague him…or has his bad luck changed into Alec getting his fondest Christmas wish?

All I want for Christmas is no Christmas
is a solid read from start to finish. The novella is told entirely through Alec’s point of view and since he was an interesting hero, it was easy to get wrapped up into the story he has to tell. Alec has been through a lot in his life and has had to survive through doing just about any mean necessary. Because of this, Alec doesn’t believe he is good enough for his college roommate’s cousin, Hayden, who is not only handsome, he is everything Alec has ever wanted in a man and more.

There is a lot of Alec’s backstory told in this book. We come to understand why Alec falls into prostitution and why he hates Christmas. Alec’s past is a difficult, sad one but I liked Alec’s determination to survive and, in the end, make something better for himself.

Because the backstory is quite lengthy for a short story, I thought the romance between Alec and Hayden suffered a little because of it. I missed the quality time these two men could have shared together and wish I could have felt the emotional pull between them better. Also, I thought Alec’s prostitution was accepted without any kind of problem read a little false to me, BUT this is my opinion and some readers won’t think twice about it.

All I Want for Christmas is No Christmas
by Colton Aalto is a good read with intriguing heroes and an interesting storyline. I liked it and I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: The Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via


Title: The Secrets in My Scowl
Publisher: Via StarsWings
Author: A.E. Via
Pages: 332
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

“Look smart ass. This is the last time I’m going to remind you about breaking sections of the lease. If there’s a next time, I won’t stop until you and your frilly, white wedding shit is thrown out of here. Do you got it?!”

Wylde looked in Jacob’s pained eyes and answered in his deep voice. “Yeah, counselor. I got it.”

From high school, up until he became a successful attorney Jacob Snowden was convinced that love had it out for him. “Everyone left,” were the words he lived by. His mother, his high school sweetheart, his father, and his fiancé, all left Jacob just when he felt it was safe to let down his guard. Not any longer. Jacob was a determined man, set at keeping people at a distance. If his six foot one, military-made body didn’t scare people off, his permanent scowl surely did. At almost forty, Jacob’s social life was non-existent, but he told himself his work fulfilled him. He helped people get out of their loveless marriages. Jacob Snowden was one of the best divorce lawyers on the east coast and was damn proud of it. So, imagine his disdain when a wedding planner moves into the suite directly adjacent to his… an insanely masculine, male wedding planner.

Wylde Sterling had made quite a name for himself in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, working for a wedding planner that catered to the elite. He was known for his charm and impeccable taste. Yep, he was incredible at giving couples the wedding of their dreams. But he wanted nothing more than to plan his own. After striking out in love more times than he cared to admit, Wylde decided to start his own business in a new city, hoping Richmond would give him a fresh start. Things started out wonderfully – until he started to piss off the angry divorce attorney next door.

Wylde could see past Jacob’s mean scowl, knowing there was a reason for it. It was the man’s defense mechanism, his means of keeping people away. Everything in Wylde told him to stay away, but he believed Jacob just needed to meet a man who had been hurt as badly as he had.

Review:

I’m slightly biased when it comes to Ms. Via’s books. Since the first time i picked up Nothing Special I have been hooked. This author easily grabs the readers attention from the very beginning of each book and holds it till the very end. I have yet to find one of her books that i did not like.

This new book, The Secrets in My Scowl, is a little different from what we normally see. While the main characters are still strong alpha personalities, it is their occupations and the world they live in that makes this a change from previous stories.

Wylde is a wedding planner. He’s been working for someone else but has finally decided to branch out on his own. He has found the perfect town, the perfect location, and the perfect employees. What he does not plan for is the rough divorce attorney across the hall from him.

Jacob is an ass. Yes, he works in a field that can leave a negative effect in a persons life, but it’s more than that. At first i could not believe that the author put someone like him in the role of main character. Not so much because he is a little rough around the edges, but because of the way he treats others. But as you read, and learn more about him, Jacob’s actions become understandable. It wasn’t too long before i started to feel for Jacob, but still worried that he was too broken to be what Wylde needed.

The chemistry between these two is intense and it is not to long before Jacob and Wylde become couple. It is at this time that Jacob begins to change, becoming the man that both he and Wylde can be proud of. I loved that even though Wylde knew the pitfalls that lay ahead of him, the love he has for Jacob was strong enough to see things through. I especially loved that as soon as Wylde realizes that something is wrong, he drops everything to head to Jacob.

Readers will love the way the author wraps up this story. It is a wonderful start for anyone who wants to give this author a try. The Secrets in My Scowl may not be as action packed as the author’s other books, but it is just as good. By the time the book ended, I wanted to see more of these two. I will definitely be reading this book again, as the book will join Ms. Via’s other stories on my keeper shelve.

Lydia

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Stay warm this week by reading a HOT new release from JMS BOOKS!


TITLE: Barefoot Beach Box Set
AUTHOR: R.W. Clinger
ISBN: 9781634863155
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 106,737 words
PRICE: $7.99
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The best-selling gay romance series by R.W. Clinger is now available in a box set! Contains the stories:

Barefoot Beach: Ian meets Brayden, the hottest real estate mogul on Barefoot Beach, and sparks fly along the Gulf Coast. The two men hit it off quite well and become inseparable. But Ian’s ex Christopher has a villainous plan to sever Ian’s relationship with Brayden at any cost. Can Ian save his new love from Christopher’s wrath? Or will his ex separate them forever?

Barefoot Storm: Wealthy Storm Darlington meets lifeguard Trent Long in Barefoot Beach and sparks fly the moment their two worlds collide. The only fly in the sunscreen ointment is Storm’s best friend Barbara, who reveals some of Trent’s secrets. But there’s very little time to think because Barefoot Beach is threatened by a hurricane. Can Storm navigate love, loss, and a possible future in Barefoot Beach?

Barefoot Kill: Spy Julian Yardling must complete three tasks: find Marcos Tanzi, his nemesis; retrieve the Capac Mask from the thug; and bring back both. Julian’s first attempt is an epic fail; however, on his second attempt, Julian bumps into Marcos wearing the Capac Mask at a masquerade ball at the Locke Mansion in Barefoot Beach. Can Julian obtain the mask and the man?


TITLE: Finding Forever
AUTHOR: Shawn Lane
ISBN: 9781634861458
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 20,794 words
PRICE: $3.99
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For years, Nolan Young has tried to deny he’s gay. With an abusive, homophobic father, who is also the mayor of Sutter’s Bay, Nolan has no choice but to ignore that part of himself.

Until he meets Leo Winthrop on the beach one day. Leo is exactly the kind of guy Nolan would want … if he could allow himself to act on his desires.

Leo has been dealing with demons of his own. His older brother brought him to Sutter’s Bay hoping it’d help Leo put his past behind him. The quaint town hasn’t been much help … until now.

Meeting cute and innocent Nolan changes Leo’s outlook and brings hope to his life for the first time in years. But can he convince Nolan to stand up to his father and take a chance on forever with him?


TITLE: Silent Night
AUTHOR: Erin E. Keller
ISBN: 9781634862769
GENRE: Gay Holiday Romance
LENGTH: 12,631 words
PRICE: $2.99
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Pete is an improbable Santa Claus ringing his bell on the sidewalks of New York. He might need this job, but he doesn’t have to like it. Impulsive and a little rough around the edges, Pete has a big warm heart, and when he sees the homeless man reading a book on the pavement, he is intrigued.

Lucas is a deaf-mute who fled an ex-boyfriend who wanted to use him as a prostitute. He is cold and isolated, but the very not-ordinary Santa Claus ringing a bell nearby makes him smile.

When Lucas is attacked and robbed, it gives Pete the opportunity to invite him home for Christmas. But can they live together long-term? Will Lucas’s bid for independence break their hearts or bring them to deeper understanding?

TITLE: Snow Angel
AUTHOR: Sharon Maria Bidwell
ISBN: 9781634862400
GENRE: Gay BDSM Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 68,479 words
PRICE: $5.99
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Come out of the cold, into the warm …

Dean Chapman has always had a thing for April Reid, ‘the girl next door’, the woman he’s never had. What he doesn’t know is that while he made puppy dog eyes at her, her younger brother Jay spent time looking at him the same way.

Now, years later, he considers the two Reid siblings as close friends, nothing more. Little does he know Jay is still in love with him, always has been, always will be, but he’s about to find out. When he does, it not only throws his sexuality into question, it shines an ugly light in his direction.

Reacting as he often does, on impulse, he’s about to make an understandable but life-altering mistake … and then he makes another one. Dean has to take a long look at himself and he isn’t sure he likes what he sees. He can’t remember being this arrogant, not to mention a control freak, and that’s only a few of the nicer things April Reid has taken to calling him in defence of her brother. Can he change? Does he want to? Does he even need to, or is it really just a question of making the right choice?

It’s winter and snow is falling, but he doesn’t yet know which of them might yet be left out in the cold. If Dean isn’t careful, he might lose the one person who can take him just as he is, ego included.

TITLE: Snowman of My Dreams
AUTHOR: Rob Matthews
ISBN: 9781634863025
GENRE: Gay Holiday Fantasy Erotic Romance (Multiple Partners)
LENGTH: 28,636 words
PRICE: $3.99

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A freak snowstorm seemed like the perfect bonding experience. Anyone watching Oliver and Wyatt McKinsey from a distance would have thought the two men were having a great time throwing snowballs and building a snowman. The casual observer would never guess that, as a shooting star streaks across the sky, both men wish for a way out of their failing marriage.

Fortunately for them, a disaffected, chain-smoking elf hiding from her Christmas duties decides to give them what they really want. From the last of their good intentions and a little Christmas magic, she creates Cole — a living, breathing embodiment of what Oliver and Wyatt once loved about each other.

Can Cole’s intense feelings for both Oliver and Wyatt help reawaken a love they think is gone? Is there a place for Cole in their marriage before time runs out and the spell is broken forever?

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All Play and No Work Blurb

When a three man partnership becomes too much for their small Texas town, Ryan Blackfeather knows it’s time to head for greener pastures. With a new job awaiting him in Cattle Valley, Wyoming, he convinces his men, Nate and Rio to make the move.

A community built on tolerance, Cattle Valley’s one of the few places in the country where the residents won’t bat an eyelash at the threesomes relationship. Nate, Rio and Ryan fit right in. However, with Ryan busy in his new job as town Sheriff, Rio and Nate are left to wonder how they’re supposed to make a living. What use are a highly trained mercenary and a private detective in a peaceful community the size of Cattle Valley?

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series

Mistletoe Blurb

The Reverend Casey Sharp loves his church, his congregation and his community. He just wishes they loved him in return. Paying for the sins of his predecessor has left him feeling like an outcast.

Contractor Halden Kuckleman, loves his quiet life. After a childhood trauma, Hal gave up on love and God. When hired by the church to finish work on a new meeting room, he tells himself it’s just a job like any other. He’s fine working on the addition as long as Reverend Sharp doesn’t try to save him.

With a tight deadline for getting the room finished, Hal begins to wonder how he’s going to get the work done before the annual Christmas Eve party. When Casey offers to lend a hand however, he begins to wonder if the willowy minister will help or lead him straight into temptation.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series

Begin your week with a BANG by reading a great NEW release from JMS Books!


TITLE: A Deadly Homecoming
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
ISBN: 9781634862653
GENRE: Gay Thriller Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 45,234 words
PRICE: $4.99
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When Spence Harden and Jeff, his writing partner and sometime lover, move into the house once owned by Spence’s murdered parents, they have no idea what awaits them. First, they discover someone is stealing items from them, but have no clue who, or why. And then the unthinkable happens. Jeff is killed and Spence is framed for his murder.

Crime reporter Gregg Rowe wants to help Spence clear his name. All Spence needs to do is decide if he believes Gregg, or if the man himself is the killer. Once Gregg convinces Spence he’s telling the truth, the pair set out to discover if there is a connection between Jeff’s murder and that of Spence’s parents ten years earlier … while fighting their growing attraction to each other.

TITLE: Omega Arrival
AUTHOR: Rebecca James
ISBN: 9781634862530
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance (Multiple Partners)
LENGTH: 59,014 words
PRICE: $4.99
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Emotions run high when five omegas are traded to the Angel Hills Pack, which has suffered a decline in population after an illness killed a fourth of its wolves.

After a previous mating Justin would rather forget, he’s happy to leave his old compound and start afresh. A part of him hopes the gorgeous second-in-command alpha, Milo, will choose him for a mate. As memories of his life with Stone haunt his dreams, Justin struggles to make the right decision for himself as well as his four pups.

Gabriel doesn’t want to mate at all, but as one of the traded omegas, he knows he doesn’t have a choice. He just hopes he’ll end up with a beta and not an alpha. How does he feel when he’s mated to both? Grey is the pack alpha of Angel Hills and he and his baron beta, Ian, want to start a family to continue the dynasty. Is that all they want Gabriel for, a breeding machine?

When an intruder is detected in the compound, everyone is on high alert, especially as the new arrival proves remarkably adept at remaining hidden. Will the newly-created mating bonds be strong enough, or will rancor and bitterness win out?

TITLE: The Cecilian Blue-Collar Chronicles Box Set
AUTHOR: Hayden Thorne
ISBN: 9781634862899
GENRE: Gay Science Fiction Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 144,839 words
PRICE: $7.99

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In the year 8016 on the newly colonized planet Cecilia, space-age technology, hapless Earthling colonists, and a magical realm no one knew existed, will come together in a collision course when two young men from different worlds cross paths and fall in love. Sheridan Diggins, an astro-cab driver barely scraping a living, finds himself thrown into the deep end of a magical pool when Yuli Soulweaver, the prince of the dead, decides to come to the surface and woo him.

Of course, as it usually happens, nothing goes as planned, and murderous entities from Yuli’s world come after Sheridan to stop him once and for all. In the distant planet Cecilia, there are no grand space operas. No thrilling space adventures. No exciting scientific explorations of unknown quadrants. Only a young Earthling suddenly embroiled in high stakes drama when science and magic come together in the most hilarious ways possible.

Contains the stories Sheridan Diggins and the Dead Horde, The Golem Upstairs, The Romeo and Julian Effect, and Monsters, Science, and Fanatics.

TITLE: Thicker Than Water
AUTHOR: Nickie Jamison
ISBN: 9781634862615
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 16,894 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Salt, sand, sun, and soul. Professional surfing is Drew Johnson’s sport, but after a bad break at last year’s competition, he’s been looking to make a strong comeback. He needs to outsurf the famous Australian champion, Shawn Kennedy — sex on a surfboard.

Shawn has it all: talent, looks, money, sponsorships, endorsement deals, but all he really wants is Drew. Fraternizing with competition is against the rules and both risk losing more than just their sponsors. The two competitors will have to decide how far they’re willing to go. How many rules are Drew and Shawn willing to break for love?

As the romance heats up, so does the competition. May the best man win …

TITLE: To Love His Mate
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634863018
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,328 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Sequel to To Catch His Mate

Tyler Panterone has a wonderful life with his lover, Felix Cotter. They have two adorable twin boys who are both cute and a pain in the butt. He wouldn’t have it any other way. But one morning as he comes out of the forest from a night spent in his white panther form, a strange shifter comes to call, and he looks like Felix. Tyler is terrified that someone from his lover’s long lost family might finally have come to claim Felix and take him away.

Tensions rise, and with Thanksgiving looming, Tyler can’t help feeling hurt as Felix and his newfound older brother bond and spend all their time together. Naturally, another shifter appears to complicate things. Tyler is afraid he will be left behind, but he knows how much it means to Felix to finally learn about his past.

This Thanksgiving will definitely be something to remember.