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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Lovely young adult first love festive romance from Keira Andrews

Eight Nights in DecemberEight Nights in December by Keira Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this one from Keira Andrews which focuses on a Jewish festive celebration rather than the traditional Christian Christmas event.

I really enjoyed reading about the different traditions associated with Hanukkah, some of which I’ve come across before, others not so much.

Both Lucas and Nathaniel were sweet characters, each with their own fears and hopes and this first time love story worked totally for me.

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

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Lovely exploration of young love from Sloan Johnson

InseparableInseparable by Sloan Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic coming of age, first love, young adult romance from Sloan Johnson with enough drama to stop it being too sweet but without any unnecessary angst.

Gabe and Trevor are fully flesh out young men, different enough to have their own unique voice but both demonstrating typical traits of being young men finding their feet at college and in a relationship.

I loved all the family dynamics in this one and the sense of college life was well done. The steady expansion of their relationship from friends to lovers was also handled realistically, although my personal preference would have been for a bit less fade to black or happening off page, so the reader would have seen even more of the love and care they took with each other.

Great setting and hopefully there’s more to come as I’d love to find out more about Seth and Jessie.

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

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My heart’s a quivering mess

Overexposed (In Focus, #4)Overexposed by Megan Erickson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

See that quivering mess, that’s my heart that is, after this book took it, grabbed it, squeezed it a bit and then just for good measure, decided to stick a knife right through it before eventually wrapping it up in bubble wrap and singing a lullaby at it to calm it down.

This is hands down my favourite of all the In Focus series, not taking away anything from the other three because let’s be honest, #JusLanForeverRight?! But this one spoke to me on so many levels, not least the military aspect of it.

Part of it comes from having so many serving or former military people in not only both mine and partner’s families, but also among our friends, as well as that feeling of wondering just how you pick yourself up after a loss, how do you live with a changed family dynamic.

I’d guessed Thad’s secret long before it came out but even so, it still packed a real emotional punch. I felt Levi’s pain, his sense of betrayal, his quite understandable fears of not being able to stay on the sidelines again while a loved one deployed. It’s incredibly hard to be the ones left at home, to be a military spouse or partner is an incredible sacrifice.

But this wasn’t all doom and gloom, there was enough of the reality TV star sass we got to see from Levi in book three to help keep this book from being too much of an emotional weight and there was just enough sexual exchanges to keep the tensions on the boil. Their first time together was lovingly crafted, real and emotionally charged.

As I’ve said with each of the books in this series, they don’t feel NA, they have a maturity to the dialogue and the story telling which elevates them out of the everyday recounting of young men just into their 20s taking their first steps into “proper” adulthood.

But please Megan, don’t leave Matty’s tale untold, he needs to find his beach holiday guy too for the epilogue appearances.

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Running out of superlatives

Out of Frame (In Focus #3)Out of Frame by Megan Erickson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, this is becoming a problem for me, you see, as someone with a 20-year journalism career, I shouldn’t be running out of superlatives to describe the books in this series, but I am.

I’ve already used fabulous characterisation, I’ve used wonderful scene setting, I’ve even thought about incredible sex scenes (then again, who doesn’t think about those eh?!) So I think what it basically comes down to is that Megan Erickson’s In Focus series is the bomb, the dog’s bollocks, the big cheese, the top of the tree, it’s basically just bloody brilliant.

This time we’re not road tripping, oh no, this time we’re venturing out onto the choppy waters of a Caribbean cruise – although I’d probably want my money back as no one ever seemed to get off to visit and do touristy things.

Still, the things they did get up to on-board more than made up for it. Sweet, gorgeous unassuming Quinn, bold and brash but undeniably brilliant Jay, together they found the strength to take a leap of faith.

And what a leap it was, not just the actual one, 12ft into a swimming pool, but that one where you tentatively hand over your heart to someone else’s care.

For Jay it was having the courage to be himself, a bisexual black actor, out and proud no matter if utmost him roles or that he couldn’t save to pay for his brother’s medical treatment.
For Quinn it was breaking free of his well meaning but stifling parents and taking control of his life, learning that he didn’t have to consider every angle first, that he could live in the moment.

The epilogue was all ends up awesome and yay for more #JusLan and some #Rilin (okay so I totally made up that ship name for Riley and Colin, maybe #Coley works better 🙂 I dunno) but I love how the couples from the previous books all come together in them.

Oh yeah, I might have drooled a bit at the cover on this one too.

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Wowzers – that’s how good this book is

Focus on Me (In Focus #2)Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wowzers, that’s how good this book is, it made me use the word workers.

Riley, beautiful Riley and his broken brain. I loved how he came to realise he had to want to try for himself and not anyone else, not even for Colin. I loved that there was no magic dick and that professional help was sought, but still had the proviso that he wouldn’t ever be “normal” (Riley’s own words).

Colin felt much older than his years. In fact both characters read as being older than their stated ages I think, their behaviour and dialogue felt more mature even in spite of Riley’s illnesses.
I also thought Megan dealt with mental illness with great empathy and understanding, the highs and the lows, the almost manic behaviour, the paranoia. It’s such a difficult subject to get right.

But I loved Colin, how he tried so hard but eventually realised he couldn’t be Riley’s answer to everything that was troubling him.

I loved the cameos from #JusLan, it was an interesting way of making the connection between books. There was also a lot of humour and smiley moments in the story too which stopped it from becoming an angst fest.

And the sex, get me a fan now because Riley and Colin’s first time was hot enough to give the Earth’s core a run for its money. I loved how Megan went against the usual tropes with these two.

Stunningly beautiful cover too, as with book one, which always goes a long way to making me want to read a book. Always a bonus when what’s inside matches the pretty exterior.

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#JusLanForever – I loved these boys

Trust the Focus (In Focus #1)Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Landry how much do I love thee? Well, let’s start by saying lots and lots for many reasons, the biggest being how you put up with Justin’s behaviour on the road trip.

As for you Justin, well at first I wanted to shake you a lot and possibly give you a small kick up the backside. Then I realised violence is never the answer, especially not for someone who was struggling so hard to be true to themselves, so then I wanted to give you lots of big hugs and tell you it gets better.

Thankfully you found your own courage and did what you needed to do to trust in yourself and to find your best you. And it was right that you did it for yourself and not for Landry, even though we all know he was a big factor in you making that step.

Once you’d sorted yourself out though, I absolutely loved how you went for it 100% all out, taking charge of your destiny and writing that epic list of five things you needed to do.

Sally was a character all in her own right, and the imagery of her tooling down a dusty straight road with no other traffic but her is one which will now bring fond memories alongside the smell of cinnamon, which has always been one of my favourite spices.

So thank you Megan, for letting these boys out into the world and allowing us to ride shotgun for a while, they really were worth it #JusLanForever

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