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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway!!- Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil Book 2) by LJ Hayward ~

WHY THE DEVIL STALKS DEATH
BY L.J. HAYWARD
OUT NOW!





Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-State spy is pretty good at it. Or rather he thought so until he met Ethan Blade—assassin, warrior, enigma. The unlikely pair have decided to give living together a shot, but Jack’s not entirely certain what he’s gotten himself into—or exactly who he’s in it with.

Jack’s worries are compounded when he’s assigned to a police strike force hunting a serial killer. With each new puzzle piece, Jack considers the true nature of a serial killer—and how similar it is to an assassin. To one particular assassin who’s having trouble adjusting to retirement. Jack’s unsure how to help Ethan—or if he even can.

When the killer strikes close to home, Jack must race against the clock to stop another murder, despite the price someone has put on his head. Could the matters be connected? Is a certain assassin at the centre of both? Surrounded by killers, the only one Jack wants near disappears, leaving Jack drowning in secrets. He’ll have to do what he does best—unravel the secrets, including Ethan’s—to stop the killer and save the life he and Ethan have only just begun to build.



**Content Warning**
Child abuse and child sexual abuse in a character’s history and not depicted directly on the page.




Excerpt

Settling back, Jack eyed the dancer contemplatively. The youth was, at most, twenty and all long limbs and lean torso shown off perfectly by an outfit that was, basically, a leather harness to hang a series of thin chains off and a considerately generous thong of black satin. There was strength in his slender body, lifting him effortlessly off the table to twirl around the pole in tight formation. His legs curled in a suggestive manner as he spiraled down and landed on the table, legs on either side of Jack, back arched. He looked at him with half-lidded, challenging eyes.

Admitting the artfulness of the display, Jack leaned forwards and tucked a baht note into the dancer’s harness. With a wink, the dancer spun around and rolled so he ended on his back in front of Lewis, head dangling off the table and all but in the man’s lap. He smiled up at Lewis invitingly.

“Jesus,” Lewis hissed.

Jack handed over a note. “Just tuck it somewhere safe and he’ll leave you alone.”

Wincing, Lewis shoved the money under a strap of leather and sat back hastily. The dancer’s smile widened, and he blew him a kiss. Then, with a sinuous little wiggle, he was back on his feet, dancing around the pole and dispensing some well-paid-for attention on the couple of other men at the table.

“I swear,” Lewis said when they were alone. “Last time you ever organise something like this.”

Jack shrugged as the waitress came over. “Can I get you gentlemen something?”

“Scotch, straight up.” Lewis stared fixedly at her as if he could banish every other man in the room.

“Bourbon,” Jack said when she turned to him.

“I won’t be long, gentlemen.” Then she walked away, with Lewis’s gaze glued to her back.

When their drinks arrived, both made a show of sipping the liquor, but neither let more than a discreet trickle pass their lips.

As the dancer sashayed past them with a hip thrust and welcoming smile, Lewis leaned in close. “How long?”

“As long as it takes,” Jack murmured back. “Just try to look not so uncomfortable.”

“I’m not uncomfortable.” Lewis sounded about as convincing as Jack had when claiming there was no boyfriend.

“For what it’s worth, I didn’t pick it. Is it my fault Theta Subject likes these sorts of places?”

Lewis grumbled but let it go.

Their dancer was tireless, slinking and spinning for their entertainment, always with a smile and wink for the men ogling him. By the time Jack caught sight of Theta Subject entering the club, he’d tucked a thousand baht into the young man’s outfit while Lewis silently objected to each tip.

With a small nod, Jack indicated their prey to Lewis. Between them, they kept an eye on Theta Subject as he made his way across the room and to a table like their own. He immediately tucked money into the thong of the dancer and sat down, waving for a drink without having to tell the waitress what he wanted. Clearly a popular regular, Theta Subject became the object of the dancer’s attention. The young man in a barely there police uniform all but ignored the other patrons at his table and gyrated for Theta Subject alone. A drink was delivered with a lingering caress along the man’s shoulders from the waitress.

It had to be the tips, Jack reasoned as he watched Theta Subject absorb all the attention from the staff on that side of the room. There wasn’t a lot else to recommend him, on the surface at least. Middle-aged, portly around the middle, stick thin legs, balding, sweaty-pale. It was conceivable he had a winning personality, but considering who he was and what he’d done to get on the Office’s hit list, Jack doubted it.

“Got to be the money, right?” Lewis whispered, mimicking Jack’s thoughts.

Jack snorted and feigned another sip of bourbon.

Theta Subject held out longer than Jack guessed he would, downing three drinks before producing one of the black cards. It was scarcely clear of his pocket before the dancer was off the table and hauling Theta Subject towards the back of the room. There, a bouncer took the card and opened a door for them. The amorous couple disappeared through it post-haste.

“Now?” Lewis asked.

Jack shook his head. “Give the man some time.”

Lewis groused but kept his mouth shut. Jack waited nearly ten minutes, then, catching the eye of their dancer, produced his own card.

Eyes lighting up, the dancer slid off the table and right into Jack’s lap. He kept dancing, rocking on Jack in time to the music. If Jack hadn’t been working, it probably would have been enticing. As it was, Jack gently pushed the young man to his feet, standing as well.

“Won’t be long,” he said to Lewis with a leer.

The dancer, snuggling into Jack’s side with a determined wiggle, pouted. “I’ll treat you good, sir.”



“Or maybe longer.” Jack winked as he turned away. “Behave yourself.”




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This is one of my absolute favorite series of this year, and pretty much all time, and there is a reason for that... L.J. Hayward GIVES GREAT STORY!!! 



I think my favorite part of this story was how each chapter rotated between the  "Before" or "After". You're probably wondering: Before and After what? I won't be the one ruining that for you though :)



It kind of starts in the middle of the story and one goes backwards through the before chapters while the other (after) works forward, and then it kind of meets towards the end to where it started and then moves forward more, if that makes sense LOL
The way it unfolds, I swear I thought they were going to tear me apart!



I was so scared for these two, LJ kind of leaves you with impressions of one thing happening which may lead to another thing. and the whole time you're thinking "no! Jack wouldn't do that!" And "no way, Ethan wouldn't do that!" 
 I loved and hated all the second guessing. Loved it, because I was so entranced by the story and hated because I didn't want to happen what I thought might happen. 

Ethan is still an enigma, but we learn oh so much about his past, finally! 
Even though this story unfolds and tells so much, there's still more to tell, at least that's the impression I'm left with. I really hope so because I seriously can NOT get enough of these guys. 

This series is so freaking brilliant I'd love to shout it from a rooftop if it didn't make me look like a nutter!!

5 dynamic stars



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Blog Tour - Naomi Aoki - Rebellion



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 51,835

Blurb

1899, political tensions are rising with the emergence of the Boxer Movement in Northern China, straining ties between the Chinese Imperial Government and the Eight Nations with stakes in the country. As a Captain in the Royal Marines, Alfred Cartwright is deployed to Shanghai, where he discovers more than he'd dared to dream of – Love. Not even the struggles with language or the fear of reprisals if their relationship is found out, can stop Alfred from falling for the Chinese man he encounters. But as the ant-foreigner sentiment of the Boxer Movement grows in strength, their relationship will be put to the test.



Where do Alfred's loyalties lie? With the man he loves or his country, as they stand opposite each other on a battlefield neither can escape.



Author Bio



Naomi would love to runaway to Japan or China and live there for a few years... but she can't. Instead she goes there in her books, hoping to drag the reader into a world they've never been to before.



Historical. Contemporary. Time offers no constraint to the stories she writes, happily dabbling in both so long as there is a happy ending.



She is a mother of three teenage children, one of whom loves to tell people that her mother writes romance stories about gay men just to see their reaction. While she could never claim to be fluent, she has just completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Chinese, with minors in Creative Writing and Japanese.



Her stories are based predominantly in Japan or China and her historical stories often involving time periods or situations not often talked about with her characters often being actively involved in the events occurring around them.



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Monday, December 3, 2018

Summerfield's Angel by Kim Fielding



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 32,000 words approx.



Cover Design: Meredith Russell

The Christmas Angel Series

Christmas Angel - Eli Easton - Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Homecoming - L.A. Witt - Amazon US | Amazon UK
A Soldier's Wish - N.R. Walker - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Shrewd Angel - Anyta Sunday - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Prince - RJ Scott- Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

After the hard winter of 1888 ended Alby Boyle’s work as a Nebraska ranch hand, he returned to New York City in search of his long-lost family. His mother and brothers are nowhere to be found, however, and after Alby’s years of absence, Five Corners no longer feels like home. His prospects seem as dim as the nighttime alleys.

When Alby pauses to admire an angel ornament in a department store window’s Christmas display, he meets Xeno Varnham-Summerfield. Wealthy, handsome, and enthusiastic, Xeno brings Alby some temporary cheer. But for Alby to achieve his dreams of love and a real home, well, that may take a bit of holiday magic.

The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton's Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

Author Bio

Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
Kim’s novel Brute was the 2013 Rainbow Award Winner for Best Gay Fantasy and tied for fourth place for Best Gay Novel.

After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas Angel by Eli Easton



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK - Exclusive to Amazon and Available to borrow with Kindle Unlimited 

Length: 25,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

The Christmas Angel Series

Summerfield's Angel - Kim Fielding -  Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Homecoming - L.A. Witt - Amazon US | Amazon UK
A Soldier's Wish - N.R. Walker - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Shrewd Angel - Anyta Sunday - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Prince - RJ Scott- Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

When John Trent, a dedicated member of the new Bow Street Runners, finds an exquisite carved angel floating in the Thames, he can’t stop thinking about it. He tracks down its creator, a sad and quiet young sculptor. But neither the angel nor the sculptor is done with John just yet. The blasted angel refuses to leave him be, behaving not at all like an inanimate object should.

Alec Allston is resigned to the fact that his love will ever be a river that flows out and never flows in. All he wanted to do was create a special gift so that a small part of himself could be with his unattainable and noble beloved, always. But when the gift keeps showing back up at his shop in the hands of a windblown and rugged thief-taker, Alec will need to reconsider his conviction that love is destined to remain an ethereal ideal.

This book is one of seven stories which can all be read and enjoyed in any order.


The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton's Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.




Dec 2 - Valerie Ullmer, Boulevard des Passions, Xtreme Delusions, Sexy Erotic Xciting, Open Skye, OMGReads, Gay Book Reviews, We Three Queens, The Secret Ko, Lelyana's Reviews, Rainbow Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook, Dec 4 - Mirrigold, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Cupcakes And Bookshelves, Two Chicks Obsessed, Dec 6 - Drops Of Ink, Making It Happen, Wicked Reads, Dec 8 - Momma Says: To Read or Not To Read, Lillian Francis, Dec 10 - Padme's Library, Dec 14 - Megan's Media Melange, Bayou Book Junkie, MM Good Book Reviews, Dec 17 - Bonkers About Books, Book Corner Reviews, Amy's MM Romance Reviews


About Eli

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.

In 2018 Eli hopes to do more of the same, assuming they reschedule the apocalypse.

Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at eli@elieaston.com




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I'm pretty sure there's nothing Eli can't write!

Her last book had me on the edge with Boy Shattered and this one had me in the most hopeful, Christmas-y mood. It's not my first Christmas read by her either, but it IS my first historical, and I'm not BIG on historical, so I'm not a huge judgement of accuracy or anything, but, She just seems to be able to write any trope, and rocks it. 


This is about an artist who's about to give up, but is visited by an angel during his lowest moment. In return, he makes a likeness of her as a special gift to his "first love" to remember them by. Unaware that it's unrequited, until a stranger shows up with the angel... Not once, but twice. 


John is basically thief -runner, what I come to conclude as a sort of police officer. They're trolling the shores looking for some items that may have started a crime spree, but what John finds is something entirely different. 


A good motto for John is "never judge a book by it's cover". He may seem big and gruff and tough, but he has a lot of soft spots. Especially for his gang of misfits that he's housed with. I think I loved that part the most. Also, the way he courts Alec, the small things he brings for him daily. I like his style, I think it's the small things that matter, not huge gestures and I thought they were really sweet. 


This is a standalone, but part of the Christmas Angel series, so I'm dying to get my hands on Kim Fielding's story next :)

5 STARS

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ~ Foxes by Suki Fleet



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK - Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 501 pages

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Blurb 

When Dashiel’s body is found dumped on an East London wasteland, his best friend Danny sets out to find the killer. But Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks a reckless search for dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable.

A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws this lonely existence into disarray. Micky is troubled, fragile, and Danny feels a desperate need to protect him. Though from what, he doesn't know. As Danny discovers more about Micky, he realises that what Micky needs saving from is the one thing Danny has no idea how to fight.

To save Micky, Danny must risk expanding his world and face something that scares him more than any shark ever could: trusting he will be accepted for who he is. If a freezing winter on the streets, a sadistic doctor, and three thousand miles don't tear them apart first, that is.

Author Bio

Award Winning Author. Prolific Reader (though less prolific than she'd like). Lover of angst, romance and unexpected love stories.

Suki Fleet writes lyrical stories about memorable characters, and believes everyone should have a chance at a happy ending.

Her first novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards.

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Thank gods for my de-puffing eye serum, because my heart just got kicked in the ass and I'm going to look like shyt Tomorrow! 

Suki has been on my author watch list forever. I own many-a-fleet books, but I haven't had the chance to read them yet. When the opportunity came-knocking to do an anniversary tour for Foxes I was like "aww suki-suki, let's do it!!" ((pun totally intended)) 

I'm glad I did. Meeting Danny/Loki is kind of life changing. I think he's my new favorite "person". 
Danny is homeless and his best friend is a rent boy who sees beyond the "slow kid" who likes to fix things and scarring on his face. Dashiel saw his heart and the fact he smells of flowers and couldn't hate a soul. When Dashiel goes missing and his body shows up in the wastelands, Danny makes it his mission to find his killer. 

While out and about taking notes in his pad, he gets called over by one of Dashiel's friends, one of the guys who loves picking on Danny. This time it's to offer him a job helping fix something for a friend. This friend changes Danny's life. We meet Micky, transplant rent boy from the US. To Danny he sparkles like no one has ever sparkled before. Only it's not easy for Danny to talk, trust, or love openly. The chemistry between them is a slow burn, but no less intense. It's such an incredible journey to watch. The "realness" of this book is magnificent and the way it's written just feels so intense. I can't really explain the style it's written in, but it feels deep and raw and captivating and I loved every second of it, even the painful seconds. 

Danny and Micky become closer and Micky even helps Danny go "shark hunting". Danny even finds Micky in a horrible way, a few times, and it just hurts your heart. But it's Danny that keeps it going, you just seriously cannot NOT love him. Things look shitty, but he works through them. He's so brave and he doesn't even know it, and that is why he's so endearing. The fact that he couldn't even hate Dashiel's "killer", which in turn makes him want to change, says even more about Danny. I just want to squeeze him, but I don't think he'd like that! 

I even loved how realistic Micky's ailment was, even at the end. He didn't just magically "get over it" in the end, no. He struggles to fight his internal sharks, and will continue for a long time. They end on a high note, but with a long way to go. It couldn't have ended better. 

I give this 4.5 "what is normal" stars!!

New Release + Giveaway ~ Santa Daddy by Keira Andrews



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK - Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited



Length: 30,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Design

Blurb

Mall Santas aren’t supposed to be hot.



Hunter Adams is hopelessly adrift after college. He’s still a virgin, can’t find a real job, and has no clue what to do with his life. In desperation, he returns to his humiliating old job as an elf at the Santa's Village in his hometown's dying mall. The Santa on the job is an unexpectedly sexy lumberjack, twice Hunter's size and age. He makes Hunter feel very naughty—too bad he's grumpy and intimidating.



Years after the tragic death of his partner, Nick Spini has his beagle and long, hard days on his Christmas tree farm. That’s plenty. But he can’t refuse a loyal friend’s plea for help and finds himself filling in as Santa at the local mall. Despite Nick's attempt to stay aloof, the beautiful, anxious young man playing elf brings out his long-dormant daddy instincts.



When a surprise blizzard traps them alone in Nick’s isolated forest home, their attraction burns even brighter. Will they surrender to the sizzling connection between them and find the release and comfort they crave?



Santa Daddy is a holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, steamy m/m first times, daddy role-playing and light spanking, Christmas romance feels, and of course a happy ending.




* 3.5*

If you're looking for a somewhat short, fun, sexy Christmas read, then try this one out. 

Hunter has come home for the holidays after interning in the big city. He's pretty much given up hope trying to find something in his field for his degree. He calls up his old boss looking for anything to make a little money. Seems he has his old elf gig available at the mall. 

His old boss, John, has also suckered his hermit-esque friend, Nick, (who is also kind of an asshole) into being Santa for their last year of being open. John then helps talk Nick into taking Hunter on at his tree farm. 

Things don't really start out well for these two, as I said, Nick's kind of an asshole. But when Hunter shows up at the farm in a bad way, Nick quickly changes his tune, and thus begins our affair. 

Yes, it's called Santa Daddy, yes Hunter calls him daddy... But here it isn't a lifestyle, it's just bedroom play. 

Things happen fast between the MCs, but it doesn't feel rushed. I liked the development between these two. 

I won't say this is the greatest story ever written, but it was fun and will definitely get you in the holiday spirit, especially with all those Christmas trees :)


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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Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas Lane by Amy Aislin




Christmas Lane by Amy Aislin


Series: Lighthouse Bay #1

Publisher: self-published

Release Date (Print & Ebook): November 29, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): approx. 65,000 words

Genre: m/m contemporary romance

Tropes: May/December, small town

Cover design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art






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Synopsis: 


It’s recent college graduate Zach Greenfeld’s favorite time of the year and he’s just received a temporary gig planning Lighthouse Bay’s Christmas parade. Not only does it speak to his penchant for organization, it also puts him face to face on a daily basis with his unrequited crush—Holland Stone. But his new job starts off in disaster when the most important float—Santa’s sleigh—gets damaged. 



Holland needs to win the Lighthouse Bay Christmas parade float competition in order to grow his new dollhouse-making business. The prize is an article in a major city newspaper, and nothing beats free advertising. Except, eager to help the adorable parade organizer, he volunteers to help fix Santa’s sleigh, leaving no time to work on his own float, and putting his prize at risk.



Damaged floats, snowstorms, and a last-minute parade emergency force Zach and Holland closer than ever. All they need is a little bit of Christmas magic to help them realize they belong together. 










Excerpt:


“Where’d this come from?”


Zach sipped his tea. “I dunno.”


The lines around Holland’s eyes were more pronounced when he squinted. “You don’t know, huh?”


Shaking his head, Zach hid a smile behind his mug.


“Hmm.” Holland brought it up to his ear and shook the package gently. “Then I guess whoever left it won’t mind if I open it.”


“I’m sure they won’t.”


Grinning, Holland tore into the snowman wrapping paper. He kept sneaking peeks at Zach, smile on his face, eyes full of life and laughter. With the color in his cheeks and the way he barely paused for breath before lifting the lid on the box and pulling out the small tube nestled inside, he looked like the grown-up version of a three-year-old on Christmas morning.


“Wood glue?” Holland said, holding up the tube.


“Maybe someone thought it might come in handy. Since you build dollhouses and all.”


Holland hummed. “Thoughtful, yet functional.” He sat next to Zach again and squeezed Zach’s thigh. “Thank you. You don’t have to keep buying me gifts.”


“I know.” Zach threaded their fingers together. “But I like the look on your face when you unwrap them.”


Holland kissed the back of Zach’s hand and Zach’s heart jumped. “Ready to head out?”


Zach was putting on his scarf when he spotted it, a flat, slim package, roughly three inches by six, wrapped in paper with tiny snowflakes on it, sitting on his desk. “What’s this?”


Holland grinned at him as he shrugged into his coat. “I dunno.”


“Really? You don’t know?” Zach slipped a nail underneath the tape. “Think whoever left it will mind if I open it?”


“I think they’d want you to.”


Zach snorted a laugh and opened his gift, revealing a pocket day planner for next year. “A calendar?”


Standing on the other side of Zach’s desk, Holland bent over to get a better look at it, forehead furrowed. Yeah, he wasn’t fooling anyone with that innocently confused expression. “Someone must know you pretty well.”


“What makes you say that?”


Holland turned his head toward the wall, where Zach had three different calendars pinned. Then he rearranged a couple of items on Zach’s desk, uncovering two separate day planners. “And I bet you have a pocket-sized one in your pocket,” he said.


Busted.

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5 star


If your not in the Christmas spirit you definitely need to read this book. It's probably by far one of my favorite holiday reads this year.
Not only do you get the small town feel of Christmas, you get to see a develop and grow, you get to see two people who have lost hope find love. Geantednit seems like everything happens over a short amount of time, it doesnt feel rushed. I love Zack and Holland. But I really wanna read about Clark and Dev and see if they get their HEA as well!




About Amy Aislin:


Amy started writing on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class was forced to stay inside for recess. Tales of adventures with her classmates quickly morphed into tales of adventures with the characters in her head. Based in the suburbs of Toronto, Amy is a marketer/fundraiser at a large environmental non-profit in Toronto by day, and a writer by night. Book enthusiast, animal lover and (very) amateur photographer, her interests are many and varied, including travelling, astronomy, ecology, and baking. She binge watches too much anime, and loves musical theater, Julie Andrews, the Backstreet Boys, and her hometown of Oakville, Ontario. 






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Giveaway: 
Amy is giving away a Christmas Lane prize pack, including a signed paperback of Christmas Lane, a personalized Christmas tree ornament, vanilla-flavored loose leaf tea, and a character art print.







TODAY'S SPOTLIGHT

Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway!!- Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil Book 2) by LJ Hayward ~

WHY THE DEVIL STALKS DEATH BY L.J. HAYWARD OUT NOW! GOODREADS Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-...