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The Wishing Tree | RJ Scott


Release Date: December 10th, 2021

Universal Link: https://rjscott.co.uk/books/the-wishing-tree

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It takes an impossible Christmas wish for Bailey to find forever love with his brother’s best friend.

Turning twenty-five and still a virgin, Bailey has barely dated, let alone acted on the private fantasies featuring his brother’s best friend, newly retired hockey star, Kai. All he wants is for Kai to love him, but after a summer when Kai’s anger drove them apart, love doesn’t seem possible at all.

When Kai goes home to Wishing Tree, he knows he owes everyone an apology, not least of all to the man he loves. He’s convinced he can be the man Bailey deserves, and he needs to show Bailey how much he’s changed.

The only problem? Bailey has secrets he’s scared will drive Kai away, and Kai is running out of time to convince Bailey that falling in love starts with a wish, and can end up in forever.

The Wishing Tree is a standalone small-town Christmas MM romance with perfect snow, twinkling lights, a first real kiss, a shy virgin with a silken kink, a retired hockey player, and all the Christmas feels.



“Hey, Angel.” He bent at the waist, stretching, but twisting his neck as he did, so he could send me a smile. His caramel eyes were such a beautiful shade, just this side of topaz, and his lips were lush and pink and pillow-soft. He called me Angel because according to him my hair, all blond curls and long made me look like an angel. I didn’t mind him calling me that, I secretly loved it, but when my brothers did it too, then I wanted to murder them in their sleep. 

I loved seeing him because he was my entire world and I wanted to tell him everything. 

I hated seeing him, because I didn’t know what to say to him, and how in God’s name would I ever be able to tell him anything? 

“Hey.” I sketched a wave, the card obvious in my hand and, embarrassed, I shoved it deep into my pocket, hoping he didn’t notice. 

“Are you adding a wish?” he asked, then he stalked over to me, and I swear I was going to die on the spot. “I should do that as well.” He lifted the lid to the sheltered card box, and picked up a pen, which he proceeded to tap on the surface. “I’ll have to owe the tree a dollar. I’ll bring it back later.” He glanced up at the tree as if he was apologizing to the skeleton of branches. “I don’t know what to wish for.” He side-eyed me. “What are you wishing for?”

Oh god, my tongue was a hundred times too big for my mouth. I couldn’t tell him all my secrets; I wouldn’t have known where to start. I let out what sounded like a squeak, and same as my brothers, he didn’t pause to let me answer, because he knew as well as they did that I didn’t talk much, that I was shy.

He was a professional hockey player, a star in his own right, twenty-one and with the world at his feet. I’d loved him forever, and I hated that I didn’t see much of him. Just man up and say it. I love you, Kai. Can you kiss me?

About The Author

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Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.

She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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I fell in love with this wonderful festive romance

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This is a lovely Christmas novella with a little bit of an angsty side order to marry with the festive joy.

I loved Bailey aka Kai’s Angel, he was a sensitive soul who, while he felt out of place in his active and sporty family, still knew he had all their love and support.

The opening scene, a flashback, worked perfectly for me to set up the main narrative and I liked that there was a significant time jump before we returned to the two men. There’s a small age gap between them of six years.

I also loved the interconnected families, both Bailey and Kai’s families were founders of Wishing Tree, they’ve all grown up together, their siblings are married to each other. There’s a really strong sense of small town love and support throughout the book.

Kai was also someone that it was easy to feel sympathy for. He’d known he was attracted to Bailey before his confession years ago and he’s fallen more in love with him as time’s gone on. But his ice hockey career had come first and he’d used that as a means of staying away.

There’s all kinds of awkwardness and tension when they meet up again and Kai is frustratingly hampered for a while, which does lead to some amusing scenes with other family members.

However, alls well in the end and there is a super sweet declaration of love and proper time taken for them to work over the hurts which I appreciated.

One thing I was disappointed by though was the lack of on page intimacy, there’s a really lovely “first kiss” moment, then we get some initial expressions of physical closeness, a blow job/hand job etc, but the first time they become truly intimate is referenced in passing.

Now, that’s not to say I wanted a full blown graphical erotica level sex scene, but it was a shame imho not to see that first time Bailey let down his guard enough to trust that Kai really did love him and wanted to cherish him.

That always makes me feel like i’m missing out because the intimacy and trust that comes from reaching that point in a relationship is what I’m always waiting for. We get a second very brief reference to them having sex on page but that’s it.

Still, overall this really is a gorgeous romance, not so much a second chance, but more a seizing of missed opportunities and I loved the setting, the families, the sweetness. I just wanted a bit more spice.

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

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I loved how focused the narrative was for this Kiwi romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This just ticked all my boxes, turned on all my switches, tickled my fancy – you get the drift 😁

It’s book two in Jay’s latest New Zealand set series and it’s a cracker, two radically different men, from backgrounds so far apart you’d never think they’d have common ground, but they just work.

And, while everything happens in just a couple of days, believe me the evidence is all there in the page for that whammy of emotional connection which comes when you meet the person who makes your heart race and other parts tremble 😉

Stef is book one MC Tanner’s best friend, he’s a jeweller, he’s ultra femme, he’s out and proud and sassy and secretly hides the bruised romantic he is at heart.

Cass is all rugged cowboy masculinity, he’s bi but not out at home, he’s also hurting from being dumped by his ex-wife, who found she couldn’t leave the city behind after they escaped their home town for university.

But adversity makes strange bedfellows and the undeniable sexual chemistry between them morphs into something much deeper when an unexpected powerful thunderstorm throws them into an emergency.

I loved how insular this book got with the focus drilling down to just Stef and Cass as they dealt with all the heightened hormones which resulted from the situation.

There’s actually a surprisingly little amount of angst in this one, given that it could have been massively overly dramatic, but it just flowed beautifully from one moment to the next. Not everything is plain sailing though, and I liked how realistic it felt with the conclusions drawn.

Now I can’t wait to get book three and we finally find out about Ethan’s barista and what secrets he’s been hiding!

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

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