Romance in the land of ice and snow and Gods of War and Thunder

A Viking for YuleA Viking for Yule by Jamie Fessenden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cute not quite follow up to last year’s A Cop for Christmas focusing on Sam, who we last saw staying with Jackie as his grandfather recovered in hospital from his heart attack.

Now he’s on an around the world tour with Jackie and it finishes off in Iceland, where he bumps into a brooding Icelandic man who might just be the answer to Sam’s loneliness.

Arnar isn’t happy at being landed with the tourist but, as their interactions grow, he realises that Sam is much more complicated than he thought and that it might just be worth knowing him a bit better.

The setting is very much a secondary character as the two men go on a driving tour of this interesting and historically rich country and I adored how it was brought to life so vividly.

Little angst, a wee bit of steamy sex and a lovely ending and epilogue, make this a real festive treat.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Eight Nights In December by Keira Andrews

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 25,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Designs

Blurb

A geek. A virgin. One sexy holiday.

Orphaned Lucas figures spending the holidays with his obnoxious roommate’s family in New York City is better than staying alone on campus upstate. He ends up sharing a room again, this time with his roommate’s brother, Nate. Geeky photographer Nate isn’t at all what Lucas expects. In fact, he’s incredibly sexy—especially when he invites Lucas into his darkroom…

They hide their attraction during Hanukkah celebrations, but behind closed doors, Lucas and Nate can’t keep their hands (or mouths) off each other. Nate’s only looking for a bit of holiday fun, and amazing sex with a hot virgin definitely fits the bill. Yet as the candles burn, Nate and Lucas begin to realize eight nights will never be enough.

This gay holiday romance from Keira Andrews features secret trysts, new adult angst, spinning the dreidel, and of course a happy ending.

 Author Bio
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
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Cozy Christmas romance from Keira Andrews

In Case of EmergencyIn Case of Emergency by Keira Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This one’s had mixed reviews from my friends here on Goodreads but I’m happily in the enjoyed it camp.

It’s not my favourite from Keira, but it’s still a well developed romance featuring a not quite second chance relationship but one in which the two MCs were very briefly step brothers.

I do agree with most of my friends who took a while to warm up to Daniel and those who described Julian as an obvious villain. He was a bit of a caricature and all he was missing was the moustache twirling and a cackle.

But Cole was a sweetie and I thought Keira handled the attraction awakening in Daniel very well too and I loved the whole festive getaway in log cabin element.

Fab epilogue too and a nice cover which actually reflects perfectly the ethnicity of the MCs.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Well crafted but not a traditional romance

Necessary MedicineNecessary Medicine by M.K. York

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This is an exceptionally well written book, well crafted, detailed and knowledgeable about the world of medicine. I’m just not sure that it really qualifies to be designated as a romance though when the romance element of it doesn’t occur until the final 20% of the book.

Having said that, there is a fair bit of UST from about 30% in but, for the overwhelming majority of this story, it focusses on the difficulties of being in the final stages of training necessary to become a surgeon.

Now, that doesn’t make this book unreadable, on the contrary, this book is eminently readable, it’s engaging and Neil, the protagonist, is a very likable chap, he’s dedicated to his calling, he’s frustrated at his lack of personal life and he’s aching with the attraction he has for a senior colleague.
But nothing happens, absolutely nothing at all, for pretty much three quarters of this book. Yes we get glimpses into Neil’s head and his pining for Eli, but that’s it, apart from one stolen kiss which causes all sorts of angst.

The romance, when it does eventually come, is so well done I felt cheated to have not had more of it. Neil and Eli eventually realise that love is something that they should be willing to fight and make sacrifices for and, if they don’t, they could end up an eminently respected – but incredibly lonely – medical expert.
The book also covers a long time span but the jumps are well done and never feel jarring, the segues from one year to another are logical and explained well in the narrative.
I did feel the secondary characters were also well developed, although they were sort of pushed to the side a little once the romance did kick in.

The epilogue goes some way to mollifying my pouting over the romance because it is beautifully done and a real HEA where we find out just how aware each man had been of the other and it picked up nicely on what was happening with the secondary characters from earlier, which was again a great touch.

Overall this is a very impressive debut novel, I just wish it were perhaps better signposted that it’s not a romance in the traditional sense, at least not until near the end.

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