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.

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

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Lots of feels in this gorgeous romance

Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay, #1)Locked in Silence by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sloane Kennedy sure knows how to write stories that creep up on you and wrap sneaky little arms around you waiting for the moment you need them to hand you a tissue.

She’s also brilliant at creating characters who have been bowed but never completely broken and then pairing them with a partner who is perfect at shoring up all those vulnerabilities and giving them a HEA which is both true to their narrative and believable.

This is book one in a new series which is still angsty but doesn’t have the darker side that her Protectors series does and I loved it. Both Dallas and Nolan had been hurt by life but not enough to truly give up and this almost made it a second chance romance as each had had a crush on the other at school.

The small town claustrophobia was also well depicted, as was Nolan’s fractured relationship with his mother, and the way they began to reconnect was believable.

There was less smexy times in this too, surprising for an author who excels at them, but it worked within this romance. Bring on the rest of Pelican Bay. I can’t decide who I want to read about t next, blue haired Isaac, Sawyer the vet or both of them with Dallas’ brother Maddox!

And, as always, a truly beautiful cover.

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Good opener to this new Oregon setting from Annabeth Albert

Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove, #1)Trust with a Chaser by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5* stars

This is a good start to a new series from Annabeth which sees a whole host of characters set in a fictional Oregon coastal town trying to reinvent itself as an LGBTQ+ holiday destination.

I loved Mason, determined to do better than his no good family when he returned to his home town. Nash took a while to warm too but he fit his character well.

I also love a good May to December romance and there was enough of an age gap here for it to work well, Nash being nearly 40 to Mason’s 27.

There’s a small amount of angst, mostly due to Nash’s fears about coming out in a town which still thinks his hard headed father was the best Police Chief they’ve ever had, footsteps he finds it hard to walk in.

Madison’s deadbeat brother also adds to the tensions as he keeps landing his daughter on Mason without warning, which adds to the complications of their relationship.

This one is perhaps lacking a little of the lightness which I’ve found in Annabeth’s previous books but it works for this setting. There’s none of the quirky nerdism of her Gaymers series or the military banter found in the Out of Uniform books but there is still some humour.

For me though, the vandalism sub plot didn’t work at all and wasn’t really explained as to why those responsible for it would be doing it.

I did enjoy the book though and I’m looking forward to finding out more and seeing what happens with Curtis and Logan and who will be the right guy for Adam.

#ARC provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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