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Review – One Holiday Ever After by Various

Review: One Holiday Ever After by Various

Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publish Date: December 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

23629780The holidays are a time for celebration, discovery, coming home, and maybe even miracles for those who are lucky. From the streets of New York City, to the wintery wonderland of the Maine woods, to the quaint, small town charm of Idaho, the men in these stories have different holiday desires. They’re looking for familiarity or fresh starts, but they have one thing in common—their happily ever afters might be waiting in the last places they think to look. Come see what they unwrap in these stories by three acclaimed authors of male/male romance.

What a great little anthology. All three are very strong stories and I’m giving the Anthology a B+

Holiday Roommates by Tere Michaels

As an actor without prospects, Nate Brandywine needs an emergency roommate for the month of December. During a humiliating gig as a Christmas elf at a NYC department store, he meets Sean Callahan, his producer and a man struggling under the weight of a past-due loan. Sean’s desperate for a place to stay in the city for a few weeks. A month of sharing a workplace and an apartment with someone you can’t stop flirting with? Maybe the holidays won’t be so terrible after all.

This was my favourite story in the collection. Sean is desperate to make sure a department show Christmas show he’s producing is a hit. Nate, a former child star, is desperate for a job so he can hold onto his apartment. He’s a performer though and a damn good one having worked since a very young age. Sean recognizes his talent and Nate is given the starring role in the production after their singer bails. These two guys getting to know each other was so sexy and fun. I loved them and I smiled a lot reading this one.

I’m giving Holiday Roommates A-

Holiday Sanctuary by Elle Brownlee

Chris Declan is trekking through the wintry wonderland of rural Maine, searching for inspiration and himself, when he’s literally and figuratively taken by storm. First by the surprise blizzard that finds him seeking refuge in Paul Bak’s secluded cabin, and second by Paul. Making the best of being snowed in together soon becomes a comfortable friendship with fireside chats, a quaint holiday celebration, and more. But despite their growing closeness, there’s one thing they avoid—what will happen when the snow clears and the holidays end.

It took me a while to get into one. I’d say the second half of this read was stronger the first but it ended really strong. Chris needs shelter when a blizzard hits during his hike. He lucks out when he runs across Paul’s cabin in the woods. This was cute with an intriguing storyline and I loved the ending.

I’m giving Holiday Sanctuary B

Holiday Homecoming by Elizah J. Davis

Gavin Anderson never thought making it as a writer in LA would be easy, but when his latest project falls through, he gives up on Hollywood and heads to Bonabri, Idaho in hopes that the peace and quiet of his childhood home will help him figure out his next move. Instead he finds Eric Nichols, his parents’ cute and charming housesitter who is there to experience the small town Christmas festivities. Gavin’s plans for quiet reflection are no match for Eric’s holiday cheer, and he soon finds himself swept up in the spirit of the season. Gavin thought his life had hit a dead end, but in coming home he finds what might be a new beginning.

This was really adorable but the sweetness was tempered with quite a few emotional moments as Gavin was trying to come to terms with his successes and failures as a writer. I liked these men. Eric, who drew people to him, and Gavin, just trying to figure things out.

I have to say how much I loved Eric’s friend Katie. Loved her! So very funny and every time she and Eric talked I found myself laughing. Great dialogue. The bisexual conversation between Gavin and Eric was PRICELESS. This was a fun read but also a contemplative one and I enjoyed that disparity.

I’m giving Holiday Homecoming A

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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