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Naughty Or Nice Options For You this Holiday from St.Martin’s Press!

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Have you been naughty or nice this year?

St. Martin’s Press has put together a sexy collection of naughty and nice books for you to choose from. There is a little something for everyone here!

There’s an even number of books on each list…  but that doesn’t mean you can’t be more naughty than nice 😉 ! Mix and match, pick and choose books from other publishers—but don’t you think everyone should have a Naughty and Nice book list this year?! I do!

 

Naughty…

onthenaughtyOn the Naughty List
by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, and Sugar Jamison

Four hot holiday stories, now in one great package, featuring two New York Times bestselling authors!
Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus.

Carly Phillips explores a “mistletoe moment” when a lawyer intent on seducing her boss kisses his twin instead, in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.

In Sugar Jamison‘s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, wild child Dina Gregory returns home to find her young son’s father. Instead, she finds his stuffy brother, Ben. Ben admires her tenacity and bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit?

Beth Ciotta brings two friends together at home for the holidays. They don’t have much in common anymore, but when they get stranded together during a blizzard, they might realize that true love was there all along, in Some Kind of Wonderful.

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dukeDuke and Miss Christmas
by Amelia Grey

A delightfully charming, wickedly sexy Regency-set Christmas romance novella from New York Times bestselling author, Amelia Grey!

Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn’t handle–until he’s hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her–and she can hold her own–Crispin knows he has finally met his match. Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she’s near him. She’s never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn’t expect.

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xmasrancherChristmas with the Billionaire Rancher
by Mandy Baxter

A fabulously intense contemporary series, featuring sexy heroes and the sassy women they love in the Lone Star State.

There’s nothing Nate Christensen hates more than a golddigger. Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money. That is, until he meets the sexy, beautiful Chloe Benson, who lights a fire in his blood that only the most wildly passionate nights can ease… The only problem is, she needs Nate’s money. True, it’s for a very worthy charity, but is their passion enough to still Nate’s fears that she’s only wants him for the size of his bank account?

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hottoyHot Toy
by Jennifer Crusie

A fan favorite holiday novella, now available as a standalone e-book!

Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent…

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Nice…

homeholidayHome for Christmas
by Lily Everett

A heartwarming holiday romance about a wounded warrior who finds healing and love during Christmas on Sanctuary Island.

Magazine columnist Libby Leeds has made a name for herself sharing heartwarming stories from her perfect life on Sanctuary Island. There’s just one minor detail she’s left out: she hasn’t set foot on the island since her childhood. Now wounded war hero/single-father Owen Shepard is returning to Sanctuary Island, and Libby’s editor insists she cover the story. But the sweet, reclusive writer is more intriguing, and more tempting, than Owen could have imagined. Decorating trees, and warming up by the fire it’s the closest Libby has come to love and family since she was a child. Will the Christmas spirit enable them admit what they feel for one another?

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xmasevergreenChristmas at Evergreen Inn
by Donna Alward

Sparks fly in this fun, festive holiday novella when a small town cop gets snowed in with the proprietor of the local inn.

When a December Nor’easter roars up the eastern seaboard, Jewell Cove cop Todd Ricker spends his day off being a Good Samaritan to stranded holiday travelers. But when the roads close and Todd can’t make his way home, he discovers that the Evergreen Inn is full up. That is, until another Lainey Price opens her doors and offers him a place to stay in her tiny cottage. While the two are stormed in for a wintry evening by the fire can Todd convince Lainey to open her heart to Christmas?

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snoflakwishesSnowflake Wishes
by Maggie McGinnis

A magical and enchanting holiday romance from USA Today bestselling author Maggie McGinnis.

Noah Drake was that guy–the one always on the lookout for his next adrenaline high, so it was no surprise when he took off across the world, seeking adventure as a travel writer. But one thing he could never escape was Piper Bellini, the girl who got away–the girl he let get away, a fact he’s never let himself forget. When he returns to Echo Lake to see if there’s any chance the flame between them can be rekindled, he never expects to spend the night holed up with Piper in a roadside diner while a blizzard rages outside. Noah may have been handed a Christmas miracle, and he intends to make all Piper’s wishes come true…

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heartstringscottageHeartsong Cottage
by Emily March

Fall in love with this heartwarming new romance in the New York Times bestselling Eternity Springs series.

Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn’t found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs…and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he’d never have again. She restores Victorian cottages for a living, but will the life she restores in Daniel’s heart be enough when danger comes knocking at her door?

“Emily March’s stories are heartwrenching and soul-satisfying. For a wonderful read, don’t miss a visit to Eternity Springs.”
Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

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I hope you have a fantastic holiday season!
Stay warm. Stay safe. Read lots of book!

Happy Holidays from my little corner in sunny Puerto Rico!

New Release! Stranded by HelenKay Dimon *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Stranded
by HelenKay Dimon

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released November 21st 2015

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Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

Stranded is one of Riptide’s 2015 charity titles.

 Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.glbthotline.org/

 

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Excerpt

“You’re getting old or sloppy. Not sure which.” The deep voice rang out in the late quiet afternoon.

It can’t be. It absolutely can’t be.

The owner of that voice was very dead. He’d been taken out. One shot execution style, or that’s what the briefing Cabe had stolen said. He remembered the day, the very minute, he’d read the news. He’d wanted to celebrate and shout about how karma was a nasty fucking bitch, but he’d ended up looking into the bottom of more than one empty vodka bottle and not feeling anything but numb.

But that voice haunted him. Husky and so tempting as it licked against his balls. It had played in his head for months until his hatred finally squashed it out and forced his brain to forget. Or so he’d thought.

Certain he’d finally lost what little was left of his mind, Cabe turned around for a better view just as his attacker pulled up the ski mask covering every inch of his head. Cabe couldn’t deny the face in front of him after that. Same dirty-blond hair, cut military short. Those intense blue eyes, so bright and clear, telegraphed a certain genuineness that Cabe believed in. He’d never suspected he’d been set up a year ago until the shots had rung out and he’d dropped to the ground in a pool of blood. Even now Cabe had to fight the urge to rub the puckered scar on his chest, though for once he appreciated the reminder of his idiocy. Now he could prevent a repeat of that mistake.

“Braxton Hughes.” Cabe hated the kick to his chest that came with saying the guy’s name. “You’re supposed to be dead.”

Brax grinned. “Good to see you too, Kyle.”

 

About the Author

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author.  She has sold over thirty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin, Carina Press and Riptide Publishing. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. You can find more about the author on her website.

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To celebrate the release of Stranded, HelenKay is giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N gift certificate (winners choice)! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 28, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries.

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Forever’s Holiday Hookup Blitz with Jessica Lemmon, Katie Lane & Debbie Mason! *Excerpts, Review and Giveaway*

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Welcome to Forever’s Holiday Hookup Blitz. Below you will find three holiday theme books from Forever authors Jessica Lemmon, Katie Lane & Debbie Mason! Enjoy the excerpts provided and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. Thank you for stopping by!

Lemmon_A Bad Boy for Christmas_MMA Bad Boy for Christmas (Second Chance #3) by Jessica Lemmon

‘Tis the Season to Be Naughty

Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that’s a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe…

With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they’ll have to decide if they’re ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.

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Review

5-stars

*sigh* A sweet protective bad boy…*deep sigh*

As a follower of this series, I thought that it could not get any better than Donovan’s story, I loved that from start to finish. But it seems that Jessica Lemmon’s writing it’s just that good!

We met Connor in the previous book when he was helping Donovan getting his mansion back into shape. A former soldier, Connor hasn’t settled into his ‘new’ life just yet even though it’s been over a year since his return back home. He spends his day working hard and his nights trying to find sleep. Some of that time is also spent flirting with Faith.

Faith believes she’s cursed when it comes to love and marriage, so she’s not looking for a relationship. Especially after her last one ended on such a sour note. But not wanting a relationship doesn’t mean she can’t entertain thoughts of a certain sexy landscaper. But when those ‘thoughts’ start turning into reality, is either one ready for what’s to come?

If you didn’t figure it out with all my sighing before–I loved this story! There’s something about a story that sticks to you from beginning to end. When you get to into the story you find yourself wanting to throttle the characters, laughing out loud and crying right along with the characters or for the characters. This was what it was like for me with Connor and Faith’s story.

From the beginning, I could see that Connor and Faith shared a great amount of chemistry, but as we know chemistry alone does not a great romance make. And Jessica Lemmon knows well since she made sure to bring not only that fantastic chemistry to the page every chance she got, but she made it even greater by building it along with Connor and Faith’s connection. Through every look, fleeting touch or unexpected kiss Connor and Faith’s chemistry shined through, but it was the connection that jumped off the page with their every flirty exchange that made this romance even more fabulous.

I loved Connor. He was a great mix of bad boy and sweet boy. He had a huge heart, loved deeply and was loyal to a fault. But he was also strong and capable and very protective of those he cared for. In a word–perfect. And he was especially perfect for Faith. Having grown up in a household with an overbearing mother, Faith longed to be a part of something more. Connor provided that. He was a friend she could talk to and be herself with, but he was also a lover she could let go with without judgement.

As I’ve come to expect from this author, the story flowed flawlessly from Connor and Faith being friends to them recognizing and admitting that what they shared was something more. Their journey from friends to friends with benefits was a treat to read. I enjoyed their flirty banter, their bickering and their explosive chemistry. That first kiss was EPIC!

Keep in mind that although this is the third book in the Second Chance series it can be read as a stand alone. Personally, I loved the two previous books and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys fun, sweet yet hot contemporary romances. I am certainly looking forward for the next book in the series, it seems Gloria and Asher’s story is next and the sparks between those two have been going off since the very first book.

All in all, a fantastic friends to lovers story. Funny, sexy and so much more!

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

A Bad Boy for Christmas Excerpt

She came to a halt at the threshold of the kitchen, her breath clogging in her throat.

Part of it was shock over the fact that Connor was leaning over the countertop inhaling one of her cupcakes. The other part, and the part she was having trouble reconciling, was the fact that there was a tear beneath one of the pockets of his jeans, and the slash of skin she was currently staring at was his bare ass.

He stood, chewing and smiling with his lips closed. She knew because she hastily redirected her gaze to his face. The way he licked the frosting off the corner of his mouth and lifted his brow suggested he may have caught her eyeballing something she shouldn’t.

“Tore them on a nail on the fence this morning.” He turned to look over his shoulder, splitting the tear with his fingers to show her a faint red scratch on one chiseled butt cheek. “Hurt like a bitch.” His eyes found hers and he gave her a sly smile. “Don’t suppose you’d be willing to patch me up.”

She choked on her laughter, shaking her head for effect. “I don’t think so,” she said, trying to sound disgusted and not turned on.

His smile erased as his brow went down like she’d hurt his feelings. “You would deny me medical care in my moment of need?”

Flustered, she stepped past him and snatched the small white box off the counter, determined to change the subject. “I hope you know you owe me a cupcake.”

“Cupcake, I took that in payment for the kiss you never gave me.”

So he didn’t forget.

“You’d rather have a carrot cupcake than a kiss?” Her pulse pounded against her neck. She knew which one she would prefer, and hoped she was doing a good job hiding it.

“Hmm…” He made a show of craning his neck to look at the remaining cupcake in the bottom of the box. “It was a pretty good cupcake.”

Her mouth opened in argument, but the argument never came. And the reason it never came was because Connor covered her lips with his, launching his tongue into her mouth. She tasted sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg from the frosting, and his mouth, which tasted wonderful because it tasted like him. The smell of lavender filled her senses, that earthy, spicy smell mingling in her nostrils and making her lean into him. Cupping the back of his neck, she tilted her chin, continuing their sparring session with fervor.

Noses bumped, his unshaven chin scraped her jaw, and his hands—his big, manly, rough hands—grasped her at the waist and pulled her flush against him.

This went on until finally, she had to pull back to inhale or suffocate. Not a bad way to go, she’d admit. Now she was panting and trying to recalibrate her brain cells, which had apparently oozed right out of her ears since Connor put his mouth on hers.

He looked as dazed as she did for a second before his smile snapped into place. “Nope. That was much better than the cupcake.”

 

 

Lane_Unwrapped_MMUnwrapped (Hunk for the Holidays #3) by Katie Lane

Good things come in sexy packages…

Jacqueline Maguire has a problem tying the knot.After fleeing the altar (again), the runaway bride drives off with no particular destination in mind. Which is how Jac finds herself stranded in a snowstorm with a hot, hard-bodied stranger who treats her to the naughtiest night of her life . . . but come morning, he’s long gone.

Contractor Patrick McPherson is deeply committed to his bachelor lifestyle. No strings, no rings. As the Christmas season approaches, however, Patrick still can’t quite forget his curvalicious one-night stand. Then Jac shows up unexpectedly, and all holiday hell breaks loose. Because this year, Patrick is getting the biggest Christmas surprise of his life.

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Unwrapped Excerpt

“Am I a vampire?”

He chuckled at the joke and smoothed the damp hair off her forehead.  “No.  I don’t change my victims . . . I just snack on them.”  She didn’t crack a smile, but her shoulders relaxed, bringing his attention back to the welt.  “How badly are you hurt?”

Her hand went to the marks on her neck.  “Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.”

Patrick felt his face heat with embarrassment.  “I’m sorry.  I forgot about the fangs.”

Her gaze flickered to his mouth, and damned if he didn’t get hard again.  “Well, I guess since you didn’t . . . umm . . . overindulge, it’s not a big deal.”

Overindulge?  Oh, he wanted to overindulge.  Especially with those phenomenal breasts just a reach away.  But he wasn’t that big of a jerk.  “So can you tell me what happened?  Are there any other victims?”

“No.  No one else was in the car with me when Big Foot—I mean, a deer jumped out in front of the car.  I would’ve been okay if my brakes had worked properly.  It was almost like someone had tampered with—” She paused, and her eyes widened.  “Mr. Darby.”  She glanced at the door.  “And he’s probably the one who flattened your tire.”

Patrick started to wonder if she wasn’t suffering from a concussion.  She seemed to be talking in circles.  Of course, most women talked in circles.  “I thought you said no one was in the car with you.  Who is Mr. Darby?”

“No one was in the car with me.  Mr. Darby is the guy who’s trying to k—” She stopped and cleared her throat.  “Never mind.  It’s not important.  So you were saying?”

His brow knotted.  Why couldn’t women be as easy to read as a blueprint?  He released his breath in a sigh.  “I was wondering how badly you were injured.”

“I’m fine now.  I was just a little lightheaded before.”  She sat up to prove it, bringing her full pouting lips inches from his.  He might not be able to read her, but he sure as hell desired her.  He had never wanted to kiss a woman so badly in his life.  It was like her lips were magnetized and he was solid metal.  But before he could kiss her, she got to her feet and started picking up the items that had spilled out of her purse.  Since there was a lot of crap, he knelt down to help her.

“So what are you doing up here?” he asked as he lifted her wallet and handed it to her.  “I’m assuming by the costume that you were coming back from a party.”

There was a slight hesitation before she nodded.  “And I got lost.”  She leaned over to reach the tube of lipstick that had slid under the coffee table, and her breasts swelled forth in twin mounds of bodacious beauty.  “So if you can’t take me back to Denver, do you think you could get me to a working phone?”

It took her grabbing the lipstick and straightening before he could talk.  “I could if I didn’t have a flat tire.”  Now that his temper had cooled, he realized that she wouldn’t have had time to flatten his tire.  He probably ran over a nail at one of the jobsites, and it had been slowly leaking air all day.

“Don’t you know how to fix it?” she asked.

“Yes, but I’m not going to do it in a blizzard.”  He picked up her phone and tried it.  There was still no reception so he tapped the screen closed.  A screensaver picture of two people popped up.  Patrick didn’t know why he was more interested in the skinny guy than the pretty, dark-haired woman.  Or maybe he knew why, but just wasn’t willing to admit it.

“Are you married?” he asked.

“Not yet.  I’m still working on it.”  Before he could figure out what that meant, she got up and took the phone and her purse from him.  “So if you’re not going to fix the tire, just what am I supposed to do?”

In heels, or at least in one heel, she was only a few inches shorter than he was and sturdily built.  He realized that he liked that about her.  He was tired of petite women he had to worry about breaking.  This woman looked like she could handle a man who liked things a little rough.  And since she wasn’t married, was in no way connected to his aunt’s schemes, and was here . . .

Patrick smiled.  “You’re going to spend the night with me.”

“What?” she squeaked.  “I can’t spend the entire night with a . . .”

“Patrick.”  He held out his hand.  “And you are?”

She swallowed hard before answering.  “In big trouble.”

 

 

 

Mason_Snowbound at Christmas_MMSnowbound at Christmas (Christmas, Colorado #5) by Debbie Mason

Surviving the holidays will take a Christmas miracle…

Ex-cop Cat O’Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It’s a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.

Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he’s definitely feeling the heat. And if there’s one thing they’ll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it’s that in this town, true love is always in season.

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Snowbound at Christmas Excerpt

“We don’t have time to talk about it,” the older woman said as she helped Cat out of the fur coat. “We have just been presented with the perfect opportunity to put our plan into action.”

Great, Estelle and Chloe had a plan. Cat tugged the sweater’s neckline higher. Her sister may like to show off her girls, but Cat’s were going undercover. And since she didn’t want Estelle to blow her cover, she hoped the older woman enlightened her about their plan.

They were a few feet from the table where Harry stood looking deliciously edible when Nell waved a gingerbread man in the air. “Get a kiss with your cookies, ladies. Two dollars for a kiss and a cookie.”

A horde of women stampeded in their direction.

“Make it count, my dear,” Estelle murmured, shoving Cat at the table.

The push caused Cat to wobble on her heels. If not for Harry reaching across the table, encircling her biceps with his strong hands, she would have fallen on her face. Something her sister would never do. So it was imperative that Cat put on a believable performance. She fluffed her hair, did a flirty head tilt, and batted her fake eyelashes.

“I’ll take two, Harry.” She puckered her lips.

His mouth flattened, a muscle ticking in his clenched jaw. Then he leaned toward her. It’s possible he said bloody hell under his breath as he lowered his head, but she couldn’t be sure because everything went a little fuzzy the moment his warm, firm lips touched hers. She tasted mint, smelled his expensive cologne, and drew closer, placing her hands on his shoulders to avoid toppling over. Okay, so it was an excuse, but she was sure her sister would have taken advantage of the situation in exactly the same way.

Her mouth softened, her fingers tightening on his broad shoulders as her lips parted. She was just getting into the kiss, and it was some kiss, when his mouth left hers. He took what appeared to be a startled step back. She understood the reaction—the kiss had rocked her world, too.

“Hang on, I need a picture for the Chronicle,” Nell said, putting down the cookie to pick up her cell phone. “Okay, go for it.”

In the background, she heard George saying something to Phil about breaking his promise. Harry looked over her head, then back at her. An emotion she couldn’t read darkened his blue eyes, then he brought his hands to the sides of her face and did as Nell suggested. He went for it.

Gently tilting her head so his lips slanted over hers at a precise angle, he gave her a deep, passionate kiss. It was long and lush, and breath-stealingly perfect. Her eyes were still closed, her head tipped up, when she realized she was kissing air. Blinking her eyes open, she stared at him. Acting as though he was completely unaffected, as if he hadn’t felt the same emotional rush of desire, he handed her two cookies.

If that was a kiss from an uninterested man, she’d eat . . .

“That will be four dollars, Chloe.” His words were cool and clipped, his back ramrod straight.

And her heart, that seconds ago had been dancing to a happy beat, froze. It wasn’t her he was kissing. It was her sister.

 

 

About the Authors

Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)

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Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holidays series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and cuddling with her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

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Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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Blitz: Secret Santas Holiday Collection *Giveaway*

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Secret Santas Holiday Collection
by Erin Quinn, Calista Fox, Mary Leo

An Adult Romance Collection
Released November 2014

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In the spirit of giving and paying it forward, all of the author’s proceeds for Kissing Kris Kringle will be donated to The Animal Welfare League, an amazing organization dedicated to saving animals lives and working to improve the way they are treated and regarded by society.

Kris Kringle is just an average guy living in the tiny town of North Pole, Maine where Christmas isn’t just a holiday—it’s a way of life. But not for Kris. He might be named after the big guy in red, but Kris is more Scrooge than Santa.

Until he wakes up from a night of partying with his friends to find himself in possession of a Santa suit, a toy bag and a puppy. Kris soon discovers that he’s been relegated to Santa’s naughty list and there’s only one way to get his name removed….put on the suit and spread some cheer.

Lucky for Kris every cloud has a silver snowflake and his quest to get off that list lands him in the arms of the woman he’s been lusting after for years.

It takes a little magic, but Kris is about to get everything he didn’t even know he wanted for Christmas.

 

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Naughty St. Nick

‘Tis the season for Christmas miracles…

Having landed himself on Santa’s Naughty List, Nick Santos is given a chance at redemption. Granted, he’s tasked with some daunting challenges—pimping Santa’s ride and fixing the town’s holiday bling in the once year-round Christmas Capital of the World, North Pole, Maine. But playing Secret Santa comes with some unexpected perks, like finally catching the eye of the woman who sparks his deepest desires, Vixen White.

Vixen has no idea what’s come over Nick this holiday season, but his good deeds around town help her to remember the magic of Christmas, long forgotten. And his sexy grin and a searing, stolen kiss under mistletoe have her wishing her dream of being Naughty St. Nick’s one and only will finally come true.

All she has to do…is believe.

 

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Rudy Raindear thought he’d left North Pole, Main in his rear-view mirror. Now, after several years, he’s returned to convince his beloved grandfather to retire and sell his struggling bakery, Sugar Plums – the linchpin in a potentially lucrative real estate deal – great for Rudy, devastating for the town.

But all is not what it seems in this magical Christmas town, especially after Rudy lands on Santa’s Naughty List. Suddenly Rudy’s nose is turning red for the tiniest of white lies and the one girl he wanted to impress, Jenny Bells, is on his case for trying to close Santa’s favorite bakery.

What’s a guy to do?

Start baking and just maybe Rudy can save the bakery, and convince Jenny that sometimes, being a little naughty, is oh-so nice.

 

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Erin Quinn is an award winning author who writes haunting romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in in number awards. Look for THE THREE FATES OF RYAN LOVE, coming in January from Pocket Books.

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Calista Fox is a former PR professional, now writing fast-paced, steamy books to set your pulse racing–including the BURNED DEEP trilogy, coming in 2015 from St. Martin’s Press! She is an Amazon bestseller and has won Reviewer’s and Reader’s Choice Awards, as well as a Best Book Award, and competitions with publication as the prize.

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USA Today bestselling author Mary Leo writes contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and mystery. She loves to travel for research while she’s writing a book, or for that matter, even when she’s not writing a book . . . which always leads to yet another book.

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Review: How I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg

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Title: How I Met Your Father

Author: L.B. Gregg

Published: November 18th 2013

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

*This title is part of the Home for the Holidays collection.

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Synopsis

The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you.

Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?

Jack Bassinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.

Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/.

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4 stars

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Justin is traveling to his best friend’s wedding when he meets Jack, a handsome, older man who gets him through his fear of flying. Justin is used to rushed hook-ups from his life in the spotlight, but he can’t help but feel something ‘more’ for the charming stranger who comforted him. A hot, anonymous encounter in a bathroom stall is not on Justin’s agenda, but he’s not foolish enough to let it pass him by.

This was such a fun story to get through. From the beginning, LB Gregg drew me into the story by making Justin and Jack’s plane ride unforgettable. I loved Justin voice from the moment he started his rambling and it only got better from there. I enjoyed his sarcastic humor and his loyalty to his friends, but I also liked how flustered he became when Jack was around.

The chemistry between the two jumped-off the page. Every look, touch and innocent exchange was laced with their attraction for each other and I couldn’t wait to see of them together. The truth is I didn’t get the chance to experience that. Their story was cut short, at least in the getting to each other stage, so when the ending came, it was a bit of a shock to me. Then again, their situation didn’t lend itself for further exploration without taking it outside the ‘wedding story’ is was set in.

All in all, a fantastic, entertaining read that left me wanting more exploration of the connection that brought these characters together.

*I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

Review: Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles

18278816Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 12, 2013)

Available at: Amazon (US) (UK), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Samhain

Synopsis: ’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.

Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.

The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.

As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.

Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.

Review: Riley never forgot about Stan – the one that got away. Try as he might, Stan was always there in the back of Riley’s mind. So when Riley comes upon Stan on a stall at the Market he is managing, he can’t believe his eyes. Stan. His Stan, was right in front of him. Not only did Stan look as handsome and Riley remembered, but he also ignited feelings that Riley had thought long-forgotten.

Stan is the quiet sort, but with a presence that commands attention. And he surely had Riley’s attention from the moment they locked eyes after being apart for the last couple of years. He comes across as gruff and insensitive, as if he never regretted leaving Riley back in the city. And although he doesn’t regret his move into the peace and quiet of the woods, he does regret that Riley didn’t choose to come with him.

So with a bit of resentment from both parts, lots of chemistry and a annoying seagull, Stan and Riley decide to make the best of the time they have together.

What follows is a lighthearted story filled with humor and emotions. A heart-warming type of story that had me laughing out loud and misty-eyed a time or two.

Josephine Myles did an amazing job of drawing me into the story by immediately introducing me to Riley and his quirky personality. I loved his sarcastic humor and his ramblings. He was a treat to get to know and the further I read, the more he endeared himself to me.

If Riley was the light, Stan was the dark. He was a great character too. Although I did not get his point of view, the author did a great job of letting his personality, feelings and thoughts shine through. Riley and Stan were the perfect epitome of the ‘opposites-attract’ romance couple. I loved them!

I enjoyed that the author took her time bringing them together and that their feelings, doubts and hesitations were not easily dismissed. It was clear that Riley and Stan cared for one another, but they could not find a comprise that would make them happy. In the end, I cheered for them to reach a middle ground and start their happily ever after.

This being a holiday story, I was not surprised to see it depicted. What I loved was how real it all felt. From the hustle and bustle of people trying to get the best deal at the Market to the whole Christmas atmosphere that the author described in detail. Not in an overwhelming way, but in the “I wish I could experience it someday” kind of way. Add to that the British humor and Riley’s outrageous personality, actions and thoughts and Merry Gentlemen sure grabbed a spot on ‘my favorites’ shelf.

If you’re in the mood for a light yet sexy romantic story that will have you laughing out loud with characters that will tug at your heart strings, a setting that will put you in the mood for Christmas and chemistry abound, Merry Gentlemen is the book for you.

I received this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Excerpt:

You could lose yourself in Stan’s eyes. Well, I could. They reminded me of sun-bleached denim, with a deeper indigo ring around the outside. They were the kind of eyes that spoke of hard work in the great outdoors, and if it hadn’t been for the fact they’d been just the same back when he’d slaved away as a housing officer, I’d believe they really had been lightened by the sun. His hair certainly had. I’d always thought of him as a dirty blond rather than a honey one.

I still thought of him as a dirty blond, although not because of the colour of his hair.

Before my brain could get hijacked by thoughts of just how dirty Stan could be, I recovered my manners and stuck my hand out.

“Stan. Fancy seeing you here. I had no idea. Really.”

Stan stared at my hand like I was offering him a slice of mouldy pizza. I was just about to snatch it back when he grabbed it and held on.

“Ri? You look… You haven’t changed. Not one bit.”

Normally I’d preen a little at a comment like that. Make some allusion to Botox—not that I had any desire to freeze the expression out of my forehead, as how would I cope if I couldn’t do my patented single-eyebrow raise?

But right now, with Stan holding my hand in his rough, calloused—oh my God, he had genuine, honest to goodness callouses!—paw, I found it hard to do anything other than fight down my body’s instinctive response to him. I wanted to hit him and I wanted to lick him all over, and I couldn’t bloody well figure out which urge was winning.

Actually, right now I needed to stop paying any attention to my body and concentrate on keeping my cool. Couldn’t have Stan seeing me ruffled.

“Well, you’ve definitely changed,” I said. “You’ve got that whole rugged, outdoorsy vibe working for you now.” I didn’t need to hide the fact I was checking him out, thank Christ, so I took my time drinking in the sight of him. “Going back to nature really does pay off, doesn’t it? Shit, you never bulked up this well in the gym. And you’re tanned in the winter, but not a streak of orange to be seen. It’s a modern day miracle. Hallelujah.”

“I don’t need to fake it,” Stan growled, tilting his head back to look down at me and making the most of his three-inch height advantage. It was his arrogant-bastard pose, and he bloody well knew I was a sucker for it because I’d once made the mistake of telling him. Never, ever let a toppy git know just how much they turn you on, or you’ll spend your whole bloody life in a state of perpetual turned-on-ness. Was that even a word? It was now.

“What happened to your hair?” I said, reaching out for a lock. “Totally hot, but aren’t you getting a bit old for the whole surfer look? And you’re way too landlocked, down in deepest, darkest Somersetshire.”

“Piss off, Ri,” Stan said, but there was no heat in his words. The heat was all in his eyes, beaming out and frying me like a laser beam. They’d find me later, nothing more than a pair of melted boot soles on the cobbles.

Was that angry heat or turned-on heat? Couldn’t figure it out on him either. I had to face it, we both had ample reason to be pissed off with each other, but five years was a long time to hold a grudge.

“Much as I’d love to get on my way, it’s actually my job to check up on you. See if there’s anything you need any help with. Lend a hand, you know.” Jesus, could I have made that sound any more like a come-on? Clearly my mouth was in cahoots with my dick rather than my brain. I bit the inside of my lower lip, just to show it who was boss.

But Stan just carried on staring at me, while the sun-warmed denim of his eyes frosted over.

“Right. Just your job.” Oh, that guttural Slovakian accent! After the best part of a decade of living in the UK, Stan’s had definitely mellowed compared to when we’d first met, but it was still sexy as hell. “I’ll make sure I let you know if there’s anything you can help me with.” He stepped a little closer then, and tucked both thumbs into the waistband of his combats, hands framing his package like I needed any reminding of what was hidden in there. Well, not so hidden. Whereas I was a grower, Stan was most definitely a show-er, meaning his tackle was almost as big flaccid as it was erect. Not that that was a disappointment. More of a relief, really. If he’d got any bigger when hard, I’d have had to make like a snake and dislocate my jaw before giving him a blowjob.

And I really didn’t need to be remembering blowing Stan right now.

 

 

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About the Author: English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica.  She blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

You can connect with the author through her email, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads page

Merry Christmas: M/M style!

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In the spirit of Christmas I am posting some reviews of the holiday themed books I have read this month.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!

The Best Christmas EverThe Best Christmas Ever by Anel Viz ~ 4 stars

A very touching story that centers on a man’s need to know why he loves his partner. Brandon and Donnie have been together almost 13 years. From the beginning Brandon has been questioning the reason why he is with Donnie. He acknowledges that he enjoys Donnie’s company and likes that he is his center of attention. He likes being needed, but he can’t help but feel guilty that he is taking advantage of Donnie or feel like taking care of Donnie is a big responsibility.

Brandon tells the story of how they met and all that went along with it. From the first time they got together through his hesitations and misgivings to finding the answer to the question that has hunted him from the beginning – “What’s in it for me?”

I enjoyed the glimpses into their past and into their current life. Through it I could see how much Brandon had come to care about Donnie through the years. They might have been different and their relationship a little more uncommon than most, but it was real and honest and in the end it didn’t matter what he gained from his relationship with Donnie. What mattered was that he was in a relationship with Donnie because he loved him and he was loved in return.

Fractured HeartFractured Heart by Piper Whitney ~ 2.5 stars

Cole is a single father who lost his wife three years ago and still misses her. Although he still feels sad and lonely he wants his daughter to have a good Christmas, so he decides to head to his parent’s house for the holidays. His friend of 13 years, Syd, has agreed to go too. Suddenly Cole starts seeing Syd differently. He thinks that maybe they could make a life together and he can love again. But is he making this decision just because he is lonely or is he truly ready to love again?

The story was sweet if a little unbelievable and predictable. I could overlooked some of it because it is a feel-good holiday story and goes along with Christmas wishes and the magic of Christmas, but it was still a bit far-fetched to me. The writing was good and I liked the concept behind the story, I just think that it would have gone better if it were developed more. I would have loved to see more interactions between Syd and Cole as well as more hesitation and doubts about where this relationship was going. I think that it would have added to the believability of the story.

The characters were great to get to know, even if I felt that I needed to know more about Syd. I enjoyed Katie. I feel that she added to the story a lot and it is because of her and her Christmas wish that I can overlook some of the events in the story.

All in all, a light, feel-good read.

I received this book from Manic Readers and would like to thank them and Silver Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

Secret SantaSecret Santa by Rebecca Leigh ~ 3 stars

I liked this one. Martin is a Marine who each year volunteers for the toy drive. There’s a new Santa this year and Martin is in lust. He imagines how it would feel to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper in his ear like the little kids are doing. Needless to say that his thoughts are of the naughty kind. Santa is well, unlike any Santa I’ve seen. Dark, long hair, perfectly muscled and very well endowed. I also enjoyed the innuendos that were thrown in. They were cheeky, but still had me grinning like the fool I am.

All in all, a nice, short read that made me wish I could wrap Santa’s gift for him and sit on his lap too! Bwahahaha!

A Not-So-Straight ChristmasA Not-So-Straight Christmas by TN Tarrant ~ 3.5 stars

Sam and Morgan are stranded for a week during a snow storm. They are co-workers and friends and are attracted to each other, but each thinks that the other is straight. Will they be able to open up about their past and explore the attraction?

I liked this story very much. The writing was very good, with great dialog and lovable characters. Sam and Morgan had their reasons for keeping their sexual orientation to themselves, but when it was time to be open with each other, they didn’t hesitate. I liked that they had a great friendship first, which added to my enjoyment of the story and made their getting together more believable to me. The author, TN Tarrant, really did a great job of bringing their past to the page along with their desire for one another in just a few pages worth of story. The author even included a prologue that left me grinning like a fool and wanting to read more about these two characters.

This was light and sweet with enough hot and tender moments to make it a great read.

I received this book through Manic Readers and would like to thank them and Silver Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

Xavier's XmasXavier’s Xmas by Amber Kell ~ 3 stars

Frankie is a twenty something art student who moves out of Xavier’s house him a chance to meet somebody. He’s been in love with Xavier for three years but thinks that his feelings are not reciprocated. Xavier regrets not telling Frankie how he feels and now finds himself drinking alone at Christmas, until Frankie calls asking to come back home.

This was a sweet holiday story about new beginnings. I enjoyed the characters and their honesty. And I liked the emotions that were brought to the page. From longing to happiness, I could feel them all, which added to my enjoyment of this feel-good story.

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I Don’t: A Christmas Wish by Kari Gregg ~ 4 stars

Seth wants to get married to his partner Owen. Especially now that Maryland’s Question Six has won. But Owen doesn’t see it’s right to get married when there are so many others GLBT causes that need equal attention.

Wow, to say that this was an interesting story would be an understatement. I could see where both Owen and Seth were coming from and that in of itself was what kept me interested in the story.

I enjoyed getting to know both main characters and see how each struggled with their convictions, especially Seth. Although he felt insecure and unwanted by Owen as a result of his decision, he truly believed in their love and the bond they had built in their two years together.

I loved the secondary characters too. Especially Seth’s mother, she was hilarious in her protectiveness of Seth’s virtue. I enjoyed their interactions and was even laughing out loud at some of the things that happened in the story. But although there were many funny moments, there were also some emotional moments that really touched me and made feel a whole of a lot for both Owen and Seth.

I enjoyed this short story very much and would love to read more about these characters.

I received this book through Manic Readers and would like to thank them and Kari Gregg for the opportunity to read and review this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

A Christmas Eve Wish A Christmas Eve Wish by Nicole Dennis ~ 3.5 stars

Logan is a celebrity TV chef who needs a break from it all. He drives to his isolated cabin only to find it a mess. His new neighbor Joel helps him out and offers shelter for the blizzard that’s coming.

I liked the story and the concept behind it. I could clearly see Logan’s inner battle with himself over his career and his desire to have a life outside of work. Joel was very understanding and open about his life. They both were great characters to get to know. I enjoyed their banter and their chemistry and would love to read more about them.

My only complaint would be their declarations of love, but what the hell, this is fiction after all and the story was very good.

The Match Before ChristmasThe Match Before Christmas by Eden Winters ~ 4 stars

Barry is ready for a more out of life. He especially wants to have someone to spend his Christmas with, so he decides to fill out a profile for an online dating site. The ‘dates’ are not working out and just when he is about to give up Adam contacts him.

From the dating encounters to the yearning Barry felt to connect to that special someone, the story was funny and emotional and I enjoyed it all. I admired Barry’s determination and his willingness to help his friends find their partners. He was open and affectionate, even if a that left him feeling more inadequate as the failures continued.

I liked how Adam and Barry came together, after everything that Barry went through it was nice to see him meet a normal guy. I was cheering them on from the moment they met and I was glad when they finally decided to go for it and give the relationship a try.

I already bought the other installments in the series and I can’t wait to read more about their relationship.

Snow and MistletoeSnow and Mistletoe by T.C. Blue ~ 3 stars

Richard is looking for a job and finds it where he least expects it – in the bar he frequents. He doesn’t see himself as attractive so he settles to a life of work and spending time with his friends. Suddenly he starts receiving gifts at his door. His first thought is that his friends are just trying to make him feel better, for he couldn’t fathom that anyone could be trying to woo him.

I liked Richard. He was insecure and apparently has had a rough past so I understood his reluctance and his reaction when he found out who was sending the gifts.

I enjoyed the way the author went about telling he story. There was enough information to know that Richard’s insecurities came from events of his past, but not enough to weigh down the feel-good vibe of the story. I also liked that at first I was kept guessing about Richard’s admirer, it added to my enjoyment of the story. And then once the truth was out, it made Richard’s reaction and what came next more interesting.

All in all, a good feel story of finding what you’ve always wanted staring you right in the face.