Blissville gets a festive visit and it’s a delight

A Dye Hard Holiday (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, #4.5)A Dye Hard Holiday by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fabulous festive visit with Josh and Gabe and all the rest of the Blissville crew. There’s a lot of humour, a little bit of mystery, some douche-baggery from Josh’s ex Trent, and a whole load of cute kids and family adventures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into the lives of the Roman-Wyatt’s as they look forward to the twins first Thanksgiving, Christmas and their first birthday.

All the usual gang is present and there’s still a few surprises on the way as Gabe has to deal with a series of acts of vandalism that threaten to take all the fun out of Christmas.

There’s also time for the usual hot and sexy loving readers have e come to expect from Josh and Gabe, including a rather memorable encounter with Josh’s pole in the dance studio.

I’ve loved the Blissville series and this festive treat just adds to the all round fun.

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Spicy festive menage treat just in time for Christmas

Three Under the Christmas TreeThree Under the Christmas Tree by Silvia Violet

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a bit of a spicy festive treat as two guys in a long term committed relationship see a guy they think would be perfect to add in as a third.

What starts as a bit of fun quickly becomes more complicated when each of the three realises they might have more feelings than they initially expected.

I liked the three together. This book is hot, as I’d expect a menage to be, but it also had good emotional connections to. Although Jonathan did frustrate me a bit with his insecurities.

I’d read more of this threesome in the future as I liked the dynamic.

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Yours For The HolidayYours For The Holiday by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this Christmas read with a little bit of family drama to stop it being too sweet.

Remy and Jason had great chemistry, I loved the banter between them and the long history of knowing each other for years. The secondary characters were nicely drawn out too and I liked the setting with its small town festive feel.

The angst wasn’t too overdrawn and it worked well to offset all the cute moments as Remy and Jason danced around each other. I’m not sure the drama with Derek worked quite as well, it seemed odd that he’d just not trust his best friend without any real evidence but that’s a minor criticism only and it didn’t spoil the story at all.

The ending was really sweet too and I believed in their HEA completely.

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Good solid start to this new paranormal series

Circle of Darkness (Genesis Circle, #1)Circle of Darkness by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This was a surprise of the pleasant kind. When it started, I wasn’t quite sure where it was going to go as D’Angelo was a bit of an arse and Angel seemed way too meek to tame him.

Also the paranormal element of the story took a while to get going but, when it did, I actually really enjoyed the authors’ take on their supernatural world.

I’m a big fan of both of these two writing separately and I quite enjoyed their previous collaboration so I did have high hopes for this which were mostly met.

Surprisingly for this pair, while there’s a lot of sexy talk and chat about what they’re going to be getting up to, there is only one full on sex scene. While I appreciated the paranormal element was a driving force, I think I would have liked a tiny bit more of their relationship too.
Not sure what I think about the soul mates thing, and I think the ending also was a bit out of left field with the sudden appearance of a new player on the scene.

Still, I liked the setting, there was some good world building without too much exposition, the secondary characters helped to flesh things out and I like the subtle hints of where book two is likely to be going.

Fabulous cover and a pleasant change from hot half naked men, not that I don’t like those either 😉 but it’s a gorgeous illustration of a major element of the narrative.

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Smashing Christmas series of short romances

Merry & BrightMerry & Bright by Joanna Chambers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three delightful festive treats make up this short story anthology from Joanna Chambers.

I’d read one of them before in the fund raising Wish Come True Mr Perfect’s Christmas, and I enjoyed it as much now as I did then. It’s a sweet twist on what you think is going to happen between Sam and Nick.

Speaking of twists, I’d have loved to read more of book one, Humbug, with its take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Quin was an utter arse, fairly unsympathetic for a fair chunk of this narrative.

But in true festive spirit, Rob managed to pierce the driven and less than pleasant surface and discover Quin’s inner nice guy. There were some painful truths to be had as Quinn took his unexpected second chance.

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More festive treats from Eli Easton

Desperately Seeking Santa

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Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5*

There’s some things which you can rely on and one of those is that if Eli Easton releases a Christmas novella it will be an utter delight.

This one is wonderful as it heads back into Easton’s Superhero territory with a romance for Jordy and Owen’s two friends Gabe and Mack. Mack is the mountain of a wrestler on the Badgers team with Owen, Gabe is a journalism student.

Their initial meetings are a contrast in humorous dialogue and sparks of distrust as Gabe tries to find an angle to work over his festive story of a local charity dinner.

The big secret of just who is under the Santa suit is telegraphed but it doesn’t actually matter. Far more important is watching Gabe realise that a good journalist knows when to dial back and find another angle, if the one they’re following isn’t going anywhere, just as much as they need to ferret out painful truths. (A lesson I also painstakingly learnt over my 20 year journalism career!)

Mack’s background being revealed serves no one’s public interest and would only be hurtful to his family rather than benefiting the charity Gabe’s supposed to be helping, but the alternative ending to his report is a lovely solution.

The setting is great and there’s a lot packed into this novella. The epilogue is super sweet and if you’ve never read either Superhero or any of Eli’s other holiday reads, you should go rectify that immediately.

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Delightful romance with a criminal element

Undercover StarUndercover Star by Jackie Keswick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this book was a massive surprise and an incredibly pleasant one from an author I’ve not read before.

I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting given the blurb but what I got was a fast paced and strongly plotted story (although with one glaring plot point left hanging I’m hoping this is going to be part one of a new series otherwise it’ll be a huge disappointment and ill knock some stars off).

Josh was a typical grumpy British Detective Inspector – and believe me over my 20 year journalism career I met a fair few although not as attractive as our hero! – and Matisse proved to be the perfect foil for him.

The criminal elements of the story were also done well (minus hanging point as mentioned above) as Josh struggled to keep alive an investigation into a jewel heist which had seen his police partner and best friend murdered some years earlier.

The romance between Josh and Matisse was passionate and full of fire, ups and downs, confusion and compromise and a fabulous public declaration of love.

This book just made me happy and i hope there is more of Josh, Matisse and the mystery locket.

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