Hi everyone, and welcome to the final of six Christmas release bulletins for 2022. I hope you found some good books through all of this 🙂 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:
V.L. Locey https://books2read.com/u/bOn8GJ (highly recommended)
- Avery Cockburn https://geni.us/ChristmasHarbor (highly recommended)
- Lane Hayes https://books2read.com/u/3J6PJE (highly recommended)
- Jamie Lynn Miller https://books2read.com/u/mvXD7q
TL Travis https://books2read.com/ALCJacob
Minerva Howe (aka Julia Talbot) https://mybook.to/Cupidhowe
Rachel Ember https://mybook.to/ilybsm
Morticia Knight https://books2read.com/u/mlXjrA
Brina Brady https://mybook.to/ForMe4
Sean Michael https://books2read.com/SM-SSO
R. Phoenix https://geni.us/shardsofice
Victoria Sue https://books2read.com/u/b5j176
Gabbi Grey https://books2read.com/AnthonyGB
Tara Lain https://books2read.com/u/4EJnQ0
Becca Seymour https://readerlinks.com/l/3010984
RJ: So damn funny and romantic, loved 🙂
Watch out for the goat!!!! – highly recommended
V.L. Locey – The Christmas Rescue (Laurel Holidays #4)
A city boy is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas from a man with a heart as big as the snow-covered farm he calls home.
Decker Fitzgerald is all about the job. Which explains why he’s out cruising around the snowy hillsides of the Allegheny Plateau looking for a rundown farm in the middle of a whiteout. If not for his need to prove to his father—and himself—that he is worthy, he could be down in Rio with his friends over the holidays. But no, he’s creeping along winding country roads in search of some two-bit farm animal rescue parcel that Fitzgerald & Sons Well Services is desperate to contract. Seems the owner, some long-haired hippie sort, is refusing to allow them to set up a natural gas fracking pad on his acreage. Foolish tree-hugger types. Why anyone would choose a three-legged goat over thousands of dollars of royalty checks is beyond him.
He quickly finds himself stuck in a ditch and at the mercy of the elements as the snowstorm shifts into blizzard status. It’s then that a lanky stranger with a beat up tractor comes to his rescue. When the greeting and handshake reveal his rescuer is Acosta Melios, the peculiar hipster who owns the farm rescue facility he’s here to sweet talk into signing a contract, the instant pull of those cordial gray eyes falters. That is until Decker is forced to spend several days with the genial and outgoing husbandman. Between the gentle warmth that is Acosta and the loving pull of the abandoned farm animals, Decker is finding it harder and harder to persuade the outgoing farmer into allowing his father’s company to have access to his land. What isn’t hard is falling in love with the man and his throwaway charges. That, it seems, is as easy as falling off a cranky, diabetic llama.
The Christmas Rescue is a standalone small-town gay insta-love Christmas romance with forced proximity, two incredibly opposite men, a barnful of rescued farm animals, oodles of snow, strings of popcorn on a cockeyed tree, and a festive happily-ever-after.
RJ: Possibly my favorite Christmas book this year – highly recommended
Lane Hayes – The Humbug Holiday
Two grumpy bears and a holiday season neither will forget…
So this sexy silver fox rolls into my small New England town and buys a run-down old house in need of renovation. That’s where I come in. My job is to do some basic repairs, so he can write in peace. Yep, the hotshot is a bestselling author, but that’s not why I recognize Cameron Warren.
No worries, I won’t let a one-night stand make things awkward. I could use the work, but is he seriously asking me to help him buy a Christmas tree too?
I’m a good-natured guy all year long, but I have to admit…I hate the holidays.
There. I said it.
This season, I’m hiding away on the opposite side of the country in a picturesque village. My family isn’t excited about my decision, and the only way to assure them I’m fine is to deck the darn halls. Or hire someone else to do it.
The handyman might not be the logical choice for an elf, but his grumpy act makes me smile. Which makes me think the holidays might not be so
this year after all.
The Humbug Holiday is a bisexual, age-gap romance featuring two grumpy bears who find unexpected magic and learn to embrace everyone’s favorite time of year!
RJ: Awww, I loved this – but then I loved book 1 as well (read book 1 first – this isn't really a standalone)
Jamie Lynn Miller – Christmas Together (Partners: Book 2)
Snowflakes and spies and mistletoe, oh my!
It’s been five months since British Intelligence agents Liam Bancroft and Colin Mason found the courage to weather the emotional storm of painful, long-buried secrets and confess their love for one another.
As their first Christmas together approaches, they want nothing more than to return to the idyllic English countryside and the cottage that has come to mean so much to them.
But the road there is fraught with obstacles. They must navigate the aftermath of finally revealing their relationship to family and the intelligence service, and an undercover operation that puts Liam’s life in jeopardy.
Will it take a Christmas miracle to bring Colin and Liam together for the holiday?
All other retailers: https://books2read.com/u/bOn0WK
Rachel Ember – ILYBSM: a Holiday M/M/M Romance
Everyone has secrets. I’ve kept a few big ones from my two best friends, and I know they’ve both got plenty of their own. After all, Embry and Adam never told me why they stopped talking to each other the night we graduated college. And I’ve never told them that I’m bi—or that I’ve been in love with both of them for years. I’m also definitely not telling them I’ve nearly run my family’s tree farm into the ground and we’re about to go out of business right before Christmas.
But when I crash off a ladder hanging up holiday lights, they come running like Santa’s elves. They’re both very grumpy about facing each other again, but I can’t be mad that I’ve finally got my two favorite people in the world in one place. Wait until they find out we’re all sleeping in one bed…
At least their feud is put on hold when they discover what a mess I’ve made of my business. Soon the three of us are scrambling to pull off a Christmas miracle together and save my family’s farm. And maybe it’s the magic of the holidays, but now a whole lot of feelings and long-buried truths are coming to the surface—and our long-time friendship is starting to become something much bigger.
Will we survive the season? Or are all my dreams about to be crushed this Christmas?
ILYBSM is a sweet and steamy contemporary holiday m/m/m polyamorous romance about three former best friends. It stars Jeb, a farmer who’s the hottest mess to ever grow trees in Vermont; Embry, a mechanic who can fix any engine, but not a relationship; and Adam, an uptight graphic designer who irons his sheets. It features truths that slip out after too much eggnog, a demon goat who looks fabulous in a Santa hat, and the chance at an unconventional happy ever after.
RJ: One of my other favorites this year – highly recommended
Avery Cockburn – A Christmas Harbor: A M/M Romance Novella
David has always spent Christmas alone. For most of his career as a Navy officer, being with another man could have cost him everything. Now that regs have changed and he’s fully out, all that stands in the way of love is his fear of getting it wrong.
Paul has never spent Christmas alone. Yet that’s exactly what he’s chosen to do this year, driving halfway across the country to forget the man who broke his heart. If a change in scenery can’t cure his Christmas blues, at least it might banish his writer’s block.
In a sad little piano bar on a soggy Christmas Eve, all David and Paul want is to drown their sorrows in fine bourbon and godawful mulled wine. But when they meet, the connection they forge could lead to a night of honest passion with serious possibilities.
Chase away the holiday blues with this short standalone novella featuring a suggestive drawbridge, a jolly misfit singalong, and a romantic rendezvous aboard a Christmas boat!
Minerva Howe (aka Julia Talbot) – Love at Frost Bite: Cupid
Matchmaker and reindeer shifter Cupid is used to being able to set up even the most difficult client. So when three dates go wrong for a Mr. Remy Shannon, even in Christmas town where little goes poorly, he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Remy doesn't want to waste time dating when he knows he's looking for a true mate. He's an unusual shifter who needs someone who can handle him, so he's not willing to play nice social games. But Cupid is right up his alley, and Remy is willing to go the distance to woo him.
When a night of unexpected passion leads to a big surprise for Cupid, he and Remy have to find enough common ground to decide if they're going to work to appreciate all the gifts that have come their way, or if they're going to let their joy fade away with the holiday season.
This is a holiday shifter mpreg romance with lot of glitter and a happy ending!
R. Phoenix – Shards of Ice
What happens when your rescuer becomes obsessed with you? Even worse, what happens when that rescuer isn’t even human…
Kai's life has never been easy, and bleeding to death in the snow seems the perfect fated ending to his miserable existence. A beautiful stranger drags him back from death's door with a touch that is pure magic. Kai soon discovers that such magic lingers when Avery persists in seducing him. He starts to fall for him, but with every sliver of affection he gives Avery, his appreciation for his best friend Tristan gets stripped away to loathing, destroying every chance at love they might have had.
Tristan has been in love with Kai for years, but he’s too afraid to admit it for fear of what Kai’s reaction might be. When the ice prince enters their lives and binds Kai to him with fae magic, it seems like there’s nothing anyone can do about it. But Tristan has his own powers, and he’s determined to save Kai from Avery’s deadly clutches.
The only problem is… Kai might not want to be rescued.
This is a loose M/M retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s
The Snow Queen.
Please note that it contains emotional and physical abuse as well as knife/bloodplay.
TL Travis – A Little Christmas: Jacob
For Jacob Shelton, life was anything but conventional, having been born with a silver spoon in his mouth even though it was a loveless existence. Jacob hoped there was more to life than money and was about to find out the hard way.
Richard Worthington longs for a boy of his own. One to nurture and care for, pamper and spoil. His friends in the lifestyle found their forever partners, so why’s it so difficult for him to find the same? Sugar baby after sugar baby leaves Richard wondering if it’s worth it.
Their paths cross in a chance meeting, though it’s a life-or-death decision that ultimately brings them together.
This is an MM daddy/little Christmas twist on The Little Princess Classic tale. Each age-play romance book in this multi-author series can be read as a standalone.
Morticia Knight – A Cutie for Kinkmas (Naughty or Nice Season Three)
What’s a Little to do when he’s too famous for age play?
Action superstar Ethan doesn’t dare show his face in a kink club or on a dating app, especially if there’s age play involved. His sexuality is an open secret in Hollywood, but if the industry and his fans found out he adores blankies, wearing his big boy pants, has a tendency to cry a lot, and needs to suck on something whenever he gets the chance—he can kiss his career goodbye.
Lyon is a lobster fisherman in Deer Isle, Maine and longs for an adorable, sweet boy. However, there isn’t the slightest chance he’ll find what he needs in his small, traditional fishing village. He utilizes the Cuffd app to get his age play fix, but not having the real thing is about to send him over the edge.
When Cuffd sponsors a charity Masquerade Christmas ball at Boston’s Club Sensation, Lyon takes the plunge and attends, hoping he can have at least one night with a boy in person. To his surprise, he meets the perfect man who wants to play. However, his mysterious date refuses to take off his mask, even when they’re alone.
Will Lyon ever discover who his Christmas angel is? And will Ethan take the biggest risk of his life and trust that Lyon will keep him safe?
Note: A Cutie for Kinkmas is part of the Naughty or Nice Season Three multi-author series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but there are so many Daddies and boys finding their happily ever afters, why not grab them all? This installment is a 27k novella with hurt/comfort, opposites attract, blue collar Daddy, Christmas romance, holiday magic and lots of sweetness and fluffy feels!
Brina Brady – For Me: A Christmas Story from the Rent Me Series
The entire Dubrovsky family heads to snowy Russia for a family Christmas. Brennen fears Dmitri’s homophobic father’s rejection. Dmitri believes when they present their daughter, that all will be forgiven, but steps into a mess upon arriving with his husband. Instead of greeting Dmitri and Brennen with hugs and kisses, Grandma Dubrovsky whisks baby Dominika away, leaving them alone with Dmitri’s angry father. Can they stay if it means abiding by his rules?
This is a story of love, forgiveness, and miracles during the holiday season. Dmitri and Brennen overcome issues which have been troubling their relationship, each growing and learning how to best be what the other needs. There are many surprises during the holiday season for all of them.
This is best if read after Make Me (Book 3 in the Rent Me series.) If you read it as a standalone, you will surely wish you had read the first three books.
Sean Michael – Sweets (Starting Over 2)
Jake Dubois, a divorced dad, runs the I Eat Cake blog. Every week he tastes a bakery-made cake, reviews it and attempts to recreate it. He loves the work almost as much as he loves his six-year-old daughter.
Widower Ben Rummel’s twin girls are still toddlers and he’s grateful to his mother for helping out while he runs his business, the Banana Bear Bakery. He asks the I Eat Cake blog guy to review one of his creations, hoping to increase the visibility of his newly opened bakery.
Jake loves Ben’s cake, but he’s also quite taken with the man himself and the feeling is mutual. They arrange a playdate for their girls, which lets the two men spend more time with each other, too. One get-together leads to another and soon they’re hanging out on a regular basis.
If they’re going to take their relationship deeper, they’ll have to navigate a few bumps in the road, not least of which is Jake’s ex. But if they can, they just might be able to make a life for themselves as sweet as any of Ben’s cakes.
Victoria Sue – Daddy's Christmas Wish
Kayde didn't want to get hurt ever again.
Master Julian dealt in pain like it was currency.
Kayde wanted a Daddy that would sit him on his lap and read bedtime stories.
Master Julian wanted a boy that would fit on his St. Andrew's cross.
They were the worst pairing in the history of Christmas miracles.
Was their relationship doomed like a snowball's chance in hell, or somewhere between bull whips and rainbow sprinkles could they make their Christmas Wish come true?
#pls check trigger warnings.
Gabbi Grey – Anthony (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach)
During my seven years as a social worker in Gaynor Beach, California, delivering orphaned twins to their unsuspecting father is the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. These babies lost their mother and they need a loving parent, but is adorable Scott Wexler up to that challenge? Transferring custody is one thing—walking away is something entirely different.
After escaping a miserable childhood, I’ve made a fresh start in California. I’m in charge at the Gaynor Beach Public Library, I love helping people, and I'm feeling like an actual functional human being. Then social worker Anthony Rodrigues shows up on my doorstep with twins I fathered through a sperm donation, and suddenly I'm responsible for two tiny lives. Accepting help from the gorgeous social worker is a no brainer—admitting I want him to stay is going to take a lot more courage.
This 72k word romance is a slow burn, with a geeky librarian, a by-the-book social worker, adorable twin-toddler terrors, and a beleaguered cat named Crumpy.
Tara Lain – The Fairy Christmas Collection
The Fairy Christmas Collection
Two steamy, heartfelt love stories in the same charming town.
In this collection of previously published holiday romances, Tara Lain combines unlikely couples, lots of steam, deep feeling, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles with the love, commitment and touch of magic to prevail against all odds.
The Fairy Shop –
A single dad who needs love. A child who needs courage.
Sounds like a job for a fairy.
When Nate Hawthorne meets Asher Dane, the huge, tattooed hunk embodies Nate’s dreams – and his daughter’s nightmares. Delly’s terrified of big men.
Then Nate and Delly find The Fairy Shop, a mysterious store where a unique proprietress sends Delly in search of the wand that will make her brave.
On a snowy Christmas Eve, love and courage meet under the influence of a most unusual fairy and Nate and Delly’s lives change forever.
The Fairy Dance—
What if the man of your dreams dances into your life—and he’s a nutcracker?
Maintenance man, Jed, might yearn for an alpha-femme guy, but where’s he going to find him in his small Oregon town?
New York ballet rising star, Henri, just wants to dance, but his desire for top roles only leads him into the pervy artistic director’s bed.
The chances of these two meeting are less likely than a grand jete. But then they do, one pre-holiday evening in a less-than-one-night stand that leaves them both yearning. Still, one short hookup on a kitchen floor doesn’t turn Jed and Henri into a match made in heaven. Not when all the world sees is a janitor and the ballet boss’s potential boy toy.
Please note – Both of the stories in this collection are previously published and unchanged.
Becca Seymour – Next For Us (True-Blue 8)
This one’s a no-brainer.
Dashing dogs, pancake mishaps, and surprise packages… all three keep me and Carter on our toes this holiday season as we prepare for a storm and decisions that will change our relationship forever.
This 12,000 word short story is not a stand-alone read. Let Me Show You must be read before reading Next For Us, and ideally, I’ve Got You, as Scott, Davis, and their daughter Libby feature between this story’s pages.