Hi everyone, and welcome to the fifth of six Christmas release bulletins for 2022. I hope you found some good books last week 🙂 You can find all my reads up to date here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3337074-r-j?shelf=christmas-2022&view=reviews or follow me on BookBub here – rjscott.co.uk/bb
Without further ado, this is this week's crop of Christmas goodies – if I have read them, then there is a brief review – if I haven't read them yet, then you can bet they are on my Christmas TBR list! ❤️
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In no particular order, this week's collection includes…
Handy Dandy Checklist:
- Rick R. Reed – An Open Window – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081XVR3K1
- Beth Bolden – Winning the Season, Piranhas #4 – https://readerlinks.com/l/2932981
- Garrett Leigh – Christmas On Firefly Hill – https://bit.ly/3MDeoLx
- Marie Sexton – Winter Dreams (Winter Magic, Book 2) – https://readerlinks.com/l/2933136
- C F White – Irish Charm (Flying into Love #3) – https://mybook.to/IrishCharmFIL3
- Stella Shaw – Haven Holiday: Love at the Haven 7 – books2read.com/havenholiday21
- Rye Cox – The Holiday Disaster – https://readerlinks.com/l/2732775
Kristian Parker – Christmas at Queens Crescent – bit.ly/3UYKjch
I loved this book *THIS MUCH* – gritty as per usual from Garrett, but with holiday cuteness 🙂
Garrett Leigh – Christmas On Firefly Hill
The single dad and the rootless vagabond. Expect: a shy, hunky firefighter and an ethereal dancer down on his luck. A sizzling contemporary MM age-gap holiday romance. Mild hurt-comfort, found family, and friends-to-lovers galore.
Firefighter Logan Halliwell doesn’t have much time for romance. A relentless work-life-balance and an expensive divorce have sucked the festive cheer from his days. All he wants is to be a good dad. A fun dad. Especially at Christmas.
He doesn’t know how lonely he is until he meets Remy Collins, a gorgeous fire dancer at a sultry summer festival.
Their instant connection blows his mind, but their fleeting encounter is over before Logan can catch his breath. One kiss and they’re strangers again. That wicked brush of lips nothing but a dream.
Long months pass. Then fate brings them together again at the summit of Firefly Hill, and absence has only strengthened the current thrumming between them. The heat. The precious chance of true happiness they both so desperately need.
Only fear stands in their way.
And Logan’s dangerous job.
It takes a tough lesson and a dose of winter magic to learn that loving each other means Christmas all year round.
Christmas On Firefly Hill is an MM holiday romance, featuring a burly single dad firefighter, and a vagabond dancer/jewellery maker. Delivering a guaranteed HEA, all the Christmas feels, and a hefty dose of British snark.
https://bit.ly/3MDeoLx – new release, 1 December 2022
Winter Oranges (book 1) is one of my favorite Christmas books – Book 2 was different, but I loved it.
Marie Sexton – Winter Dreams (Winter Magic, Book 2)
(Sequel to Winter Oranges, which will be on sale for 99c Dec 1-15.)
What happens when a player gets played?
Actor Dylan Frasier is known as one of the biggest playboys in Hollywood, infamous for seducing men and women alike. He’s also half in love with his two best friends. Unfortunately, Jason and Ben are madly in love with each other, leaving Dylan the odd man out. When Ben suggests an extended Christmas vacation at a resort modeled after his favorite 80s TV show, Dylan reluctantly agrees. Sure, his heart breaks a bit every time he sees them together, but it’s a vacation in the Bahamas. How bad can it be?
At first, the resort seems like any other. Dylan plans to work on his tan, get laid, and hunt for Hollywood’s most in-demand director – not necessarily in that order. Then he meets Connor, a tennis instructor still hurting from a bad breakup. Connor knows Dylan’s reputation and refuses to be seduced. Dylan sees Connor as just another conquest, but this tropical island isn’t as mundane as it appears. It has its own kind of magic, and it’s about to make things interesting.
https://readerlinks.com/l/2933136 – new release, 28 November 2022
This was so lovely. Short, sweet, and sighs… lovely.
Rick R. Reed – An Open Window
Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.
Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices him inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning.
Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for — love and home.
Aww, this was so sweet – proper trapped by snow loveliness
Rye Cox – The Holiday Disaster
What do you call being stranded with your brother’s best friend? A Recipe for disaster? Or a dream come true?
College is supposed to be my chance to start over. To leave high school behind and focus on my studies to become a vet. Then, I board a plane on winter break and find myself seated next to my brother’s best friend. The same guy I had a huge crush on even though he always seemed to have it out for me.
It should be a quick flight filled with awkward small talk, but plans change when the plane’s engine fails and we have to land in the middle of nowhere. After a sequence of ill-fated events, we’re forced to share a B&B with only one bed. Trapped in a room with a man I've hidden my feelings from for years… What's the worst that could happen?
I usually get what I want, thanks to my mastery at charming my way into anyone’s heart. That, however, hasn’t been the case with my best friend’s brother. We got off on the wrong foot, and I want nothing more than to win him over.
Now with us stranded together, my chance has come. Stuck in a small town full of snow drifts and holiday cheer, I’m determined to use this disaster to make this a magical holiday neither of us will forget.
The Holiday Disaster is a standalone MM romance with college-aged characters. It’s a fun blend of sweet and steamy moments featuring brother's best friend, one bed, first love, slow burn, and opposites attract tropes.
https://readerlinks.com/l/2732775 – new release , 27 December 2022
I'm a huge fan of the Haven series – this is no exception. If you've read the Haven books, don't miss this from last year.
Stella Shaw – Haven Holiday: Love at the Haven 7
Sentimental discoveries and badly-kept secrets. Is it the perfect Christmas at the Haven Hotel?
It’s the first Christmas at the Haven Hotel since Rick inherited it from his aunt, and he’s spent all year getting things back on track. When he and Eliot find a box of Auntie’s mementoes in the basement, highlighting a very unconventional theatrical career, he decides to hold a party to honour her. But there are way too many obstacles preventing him getting his friends together in one place, this close to Christmas. Or so everyone keeps telling him.
Rick loves his partner Eliot, and is very fond of his friends. But a man’s patience can only stretch so far. The day of Auntie’s birthday turns out to be a very confusing and distracting time for him—and everyone except him seems to be in on it. From covert meetings, to secret recipes, to mysteriously vanishing decorations, and even through a very hot but surprising seduction, Rick is led astray until the day is almost over.
And then his friends show another side of their meddling. Auntie Pop had love and respect from many of the escorts at the Haven, and it looks like her day will be fondly remembered after all. And Rick and Eliot may have the chance at last to make their own special commitment—that’s if Rick ever forgives all the subterfuge!
books2read.com/havenholiday21 – 99c promo price for 1-31 Dec
C F White – Irish Charm (Flying into Love #3)
Can a bit of Irish charm save an injured soldier from his wrenching heartache?
Injured ex-soldier, Kane Taylor, has lost everything—the job he loves, the use of his trigger hand, and the love of his life. Moving to remote Donegal in Ireland to fix those lost links with his deceased partner’s ancestors is the only thing keeping his memories alive.
Publican Declan McCafferty has everything—a job he loves, a community he adores and a revolving door of lovers. But when he sets eyes on the new sexy, brooding regular customer at his pub staring solemnly into his Guinness night after night, Declan realises he needs one more thing—him.
Kane isn’t ready to give himself to another man, but the charismatic and charming publican is hard to resist. Can a fling be such a bad thing?
It is when Declan discovers Kane is the only man in his life he’s not willing to let go.
Irish Charm (Flying into Love #3) is a standalone contemporary. hurt/comfort, opposites attract MM romance featuring an ex-military alpha male recovering from heartache and a cheeky Irish publican allergic to commitment.
https://mybook.to/IrishCharmFIL3 – new release, 28 November 2022
Beth Bolden – Winning the Season, Piranhas #4
Coach Asa Dawson has fallen wildly in love only twice in his life.
First with football.
Then with Scott Callaway.
But Scott isn’t just the one who got away.
He’s the one person—the one man—Asa hoped might finally show him how all-consuming passion could be.
Instead, fate (and football) intervened and they never got the chance to explore their attraction. Their friendship ended in ruins, Scott left, and Asa’s been torn between hating him and loving him for the last seven years.
Asa doesn’t think he’ll ever see him again, but when his bad habits catch up to him and he doesn’t have a choice but to accept help, he’s horrified—and exhilarated—to learn Scott’s been hired to assist him.
With the final stretch of the Piranhas season falling during the holidays, maybe what Asa and Scott have needed this whole time was a little Christmas magic to remind them the most important job isn’t to win the season—but to finally win each other’s hearts.
https://readerlinks.com/l/2932981 – new release 2022, 1 December 2022
Kristian Parker – Christmas at Queens Crescent
Jeremy Brookes is having a mid-twenties crisis. After losing his mother, he’s taken up his father’s offer to move from Canada to London to start a new life. The problem is, he has no idea how to do it. His billionaire father has some ideas…
Once Jeremy is installed in the exclusive neighbourhood of Queens Crescent, he will have to sort his life out pretty damned quick if he’s to avoid a lifetime at the pharma company where his father is CEO and his stepmother rules HR.
Jeremy isn’t cut out for that life or that of a spoiled rich kid, worrying where his next designer label is coming from. Then he happens upon Stuart Monroe, the handsome Scottish florist with a shop around the corner. As the only socialist in Kensington, Stuart’s lowly background makes it a challenge to be surrounded by such wealth. Instantly drawn to this rebel in their midst, Jeremy decides to do the sensible thing: go undercover as Stuart’s new shop assistant to get to know the enigmatic stranger better.
What could possibly go wrong?