HRM – The Eighth Night, by @jennakendauth

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Fresh off months of round-the-clock work launching his company’s first successful video game, Kai gives up a celebratory vacation with friends in order to spend Chanukah with his parents. Instead, he finds himself home alone pet sitting their ankle-biting dog. Upset and lost in his thoughts about being misled, he doesn’t notice his old friend Ari standing next to him in the elevator until they’re trapped during a power outage. Hours of conversation to stave off panic lead to an invitation to spend the holiday together.

Disowned by his religious family, Ari has never second-guessed his decision to become an escort. That is, until Kai treats him like a boyfriend instead of a boy toy. Now he has eight nights with his former crush before he needs to come clean. And then he’ll need to say goodbye, because it’s going to take a miracle for Kai to accept what Ari was doing in his building that first night.

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About the Author:

Jenna Kendrick writes contemporary, new adult, and paranormal romance about smart guys with a propensity for snark. Jenna went to a small college in the woods of Western Massachusetts, where she alternated between bare feet and hiking boots and used dining hall trays as a mode of transportation in the winter. She fell in love with creative writing after writing a satirical essay to get out of yet another literary analysis assignment. Unable to choose a coast or climate zone, she bounced around the country before settling in Upstate New York. She lives with her husband and several furry creatives, some of whom think of her desk as their own. This may be why Jenna’s developed a sudden urge to write about shifters.

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HRM – Lit Up, by @AuthorDevyn

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Has a fateful November meeting over raspberries led Rusty to Mr. Right? He and Cole have so much in common, except for that religious background thing.

And Cole loves holidays. Rusty decks out Christmas trees, while Cole lights up menorahs. It can’t be that hard to plan and execute the perfect Chanukah. What could possibly go wrong

Two men, two sets of traditions, one chance for Rusty to get it right.

Lit Up is a standalone M/M romance with an HEA.

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About the Author:

Devyn Morgan is a contemporary man with a love of contemporary romance! He grew up in several different states due to his parents’ careers, which instilled in him a love of travel and seeing new places. After finishing college, he traveled around the globe for two years in search of romance, experiences, and adventures. In that time, he came up with more story ideas than he could ever use, so he started to write gay fiction.

He currently lives in the eastern US with his partner and a dog, but he still considers himself a free spirit.

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HRM – Burning Bright, a #Chanukah Anthology

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This December, take a break from dreidel spinning, gelt winning, and latke eating to experience the joy of Chanukah. When you fall in love during the Festival of Lights, the world burns a whole lot brighter.

It’s definitely not love at first sight for Amanda and her cute but mysterious new neighbor, Ben. Can a Chanukah miracle show them that getting off on the wrong foot doesn’t mean they can’t walk the same road?

Lawyers in love, Shari Cohen and Evan Sonntag are happy together. But in a moment of doubt, he pushes her away—then soon realizes he made a huge mistake. To win her back, it might take something like a Chanukah miracle.

When impulsive interior designer Molly Baker-Stein barges into Jon Adelman’s apartment and his life intent on planning the best Chanukah party their building has ever seen, neither expects that together they just might discover a Home for Chanukah.

All Tamar expected from her Israel vacation was time to hang out with one of her besties and to act like a tourist, cheesy t-shirt and all, in her two favorite cities. She definitely was not expecting to fall for Avi, a handsome soldier who’s more than she ever dreamed.

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#Review: The Toad Prince, by @NikkiJefford

once-upon-a-kissTitle: The Toad Prince (found in Once Upon a Kiss)Author: Nikki Jefford
Rating: 4/5 stars

“THE TOAD PRINCE: Isabel Ivers’s stepfather will do anything to secure his place as Far North’s new ruler, even if it means marrying her off to the depraved prince of the lowlands.

ONCE UPON A KISS: Seventeen all new, magical stories from NY Times and USA Todaybestsellers and award-winning authors that will warm even the coldest hearts. Inspired by old favorites as well as lesser-known tales, find retellings of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Old Rinkrank, King Thrushbeard, The Princess and the Pea, and many more – all with fresh, romantic twists – just in time for Valentine’s Day!” (description from Goodreads)

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Fairy (or Faerie) tale retellings have always intrigued me. Most readers know the basics of the major tales out there, and have seen Disney retellings or read some here or there. I’ve read some good ones and some not so great ones. The Once Upon a Kiss collection is likely one that I’ll end up putting in the “good ones” pile. There are many familiar author names in here and I’m looking forward to reading them all. For now, I’ve read Nikki Jefford’s retelling entitled The Toad Prince.

What first jumped at me when reading this was something later confirmed in the author note after the story. There’s a Pride and Prejudice feel in it. While I didn’t love that book, I did appreciate the story and I like how Jefford was able to work in some light elements into her story. I also liked how, while it didn’t feel exactly like a retelling of The Frog Prince, the main event of that one was worked in  without doing the obvious.

Another reason I enjoyed the story was the world building. This is set in the world of an upcoming series from Jefford, and she used this story to help introduce it. I may have liked a little more world building, but it’s a short story and there wasn’t much space. It’s more of a teaser and it did what it needed to do.

I’m not sure where this Far North Fairy Tales series will go, but I’ll definitely be reading it. And I’ll be returning to this collection soon, as well.

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About the Author:

Nikki JeffordNikki Jefford loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. Books, travel, TV series, hiking, writing and motorcycle riding are her favorite escapes. She loves meeting people from all walks of life, from around the globe, and wouldn’t trade her French husband in for anyone – not even Spike!

She’s a third generation Alaskan, born & raised in Anchorage, now living in Northern Washington. Crazy about her dog, Cosmo. (Writer’s best friend.) The dark side of humanity fascinates her, so long as it’s balanced by humor and romance.

Her favorite TV heroines are Buffy, Veronica Mars, and Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan.

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#Review: Christmas Snow, by Anne Adair

christmas-snowTitle: Christmas Snow (Learning to Trust #1)
Author: Anne Adair
Rating: 4/5 stars

“She’s a Scrooge at Christmas.

But this year, she just might find a little Christmas spirit.

Stunningly beautiful billionaire and CEO, Andi Winters appreciates the holidays, but they’re not exactly up her alley.  She’d rather leave the festivities to everyone else.

This season, she plans to celebrate on the slopes–far from anything Christmasy.

When her flight gets cancelled and she finds herself stuck with no other options, her sweet and sexy employee, Nicole Russo offers her a ride to the ski resort. Nicole is the epitome of Christmas delight– everything Andi isn’t.

But when they get caught in a blizzard, a quaint little Bed and Breakfast just might have all the holiday cheer both women have ever wanted.  Will Andi and Nicole find true love and joy under all the Christmas snow?(description from Goodreads)

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I was in the mood for a quick, holiday themed read and that’s exactly what Christmas Snow was.

It was a light read, with all the basic elements many holiday stories seem to have: a little crush between characters, reluctance, and a snowstorm forcing them closer together. The story was also made more enjoyable due to the fact that the lesbian characters were written just like any other character. They have issues that cause conflict. They have troubled pasts. The fact that they’re lesbians isn’t played up for the sake of being edgy or anything of the sort. They just happen to be lesbians and it’s what I hope to continue finding in books more and more.

What I also found interesting with this story was that it’s part of a series, which I’d be willing to continue reading, but on its own, this has a good amount of closure for me as a reader and leaves it open to the other stories or just my imagination continuing the journey.

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#Review: Once, by @imaquirkybird

Once Staci HartTitle: Once
Author: Staci Hart
Rating: 4/5 stars

“** 2500 word Halloween short **

I was beautiful once. He loved me once. But our love slowly died, fading like old wallpaper, curling and peeling away from the wall, begging to be ripped and shredded, to be wiped clean.

‘Pull-you-close-and-throw-you-off-a-cliff good.’ ~ J.M. Miller”(description from Goodreads)

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This was a quick short story, but it was well worth taking a little break from the day to read.

While in the description it says it’s a Halloween short, I don’t feel that’s accurate here. The story may contain a ghostly element, but it’s a far more literary tale that this label brought to my mind at first. Because of this, I was pleasantly surprised by it.

I saw where the story was going early on, but was drawn deeper into the story as I read on. Hart’s writing grabbed me and didn’t let go until the end. I can only imagine what she can do in a longer form. For a just a short tease of her writing, I’m pleased with what I read.

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About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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#Review: The Werewolf Proposal, by @AuthorMFox

The Werewolf ProposalTitle: The Werewolf Proposal
Author: Michelle Fox
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Bitten and hunted by the werewolf who turned her, Audrey found safety and love in Tao’s arms. But now that their enemy is defeated, she finds adjusting to life as a werewolf harder than she anticipated.

And even though passion burns hot and bright between them, she’s unsure of Tao’s intentions when it comes to their relationship.

Is she just another werewolf to him or the mate he’s always wanted?

This is a quick, steamy read. It is not a novel. FYI. (description from Goodreads.)

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This was a quick short read and I enjoyed it. It was one that I randomly picked up while looking for more books in the shifter genre. I’m glad I did.

Even with it being a short story, I feel that I got to know the characters a bit. There was a good balance of character description and the events that took place. There was well-written sex scene in there that added some heat to an already good story. The author was somehow able to get that in there and some regular plot without either element feeling too short. I’m a little surprised by that, for this length. I went into the story thinking the sex would take up a majority of the spotlight.

What I didn’t know until I finished the story, is that this is a short that takes place after a novel where the two main characters first get together. There was enough backstory here for me to get the feeling there was more to it and also that info was enough to help me understand the characters without bogging me down with info. (If I’d read the blurb provided at the beginning of the ebook, I’d have found out this is a continuation from a novel. It’s a different blurb from the one online, but I skipped it thinking I’d read it already. So, that’s partially my bad.) I think this was just fine to read as a standalone story, but I am intrigued enough to consider reading the novel that came before it. The author has definitely grabbed my attention.
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About the Author:

USA Today and NY Times bestselling author Michelle Fox lives in the Midwest with her husband, kids, the occasional exchange student and two sweetly disobedient dogs. She loves fantasy and romance, which makes writing paranormal romance a natural fit. She also thinks her readers rock and always enjoys hearing from them!

In addition to writing, Michelle is the founder of the Wolf Pack, an active Facebook community for shifter romance fans. Plus, she helps run various author coops including Red Hot Audiobooks and Insatiable Reads.

In her spare time, she’s been known to shake her bon-bon at Zumba, make spectacular cheesecakes, hoard vintage costume jewelry and eat way too much ice cream (Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra for the win!). Readers can reach her at MichelleFoxwrites AT gmail DOT com.

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