Clare London – Santa No. 5
No one looks good in a borrowed Santa suit. Especially in a police line-up.
Jacob Carter is struggling as the new sergeant of the village police station. There’s been a rash of Christmas gift thefts, his staff are bemused by his bossy city ways and, in return, he’s having trouble adapting to their more relaxed approach to community policing. Let alone the fact that everyone seems happy to get involved in everyone else’s diverse and often controversial lives.
He’s having even more trouble believing Nick Hollybush is a heartless criminal, despite the result of a bizarre line-up, and all the practical evidence mounting up. Especially with Nick’s sparkling eyes, the shy smile in Jacob’s direction, and their obvious chemistry.
How on earth is Jacob going to juggle the duties of a copper against the romantic desires of an ordinary man—and still keep the village’s Christmas celebrations safe?
Release: Tuesday 14 November, Wide Release
Tags: Hurt Comfort, Surprises, small town, Grumpy Sunshine, Enemies to Lovers, Rom Com, Found Family
My quick review: N’aww, if there is one thing I love it’s a Clare London Christmas story (she loves writing Christmas as much as I do!). Recommended. 5/5
A.D. Ellis – Once Upon a Christmas House
Ivyrson is the quintessential Scrooge when it comes to anything having to do with the holidays. However, the chance to win a hefty chunk of money and free repairs on his old home is enough to entice the man to take part in a holiday-themed reality game.
Emory has had a crush on his older brother’s best friend for years. When the chance to help Ivy possibly win a reality game comes along, Emory doesn’t hesitate. After all, that’s what friends are for.
The two men have known each other forever, but living together and pretending to be a couple means getting to know each other on a whole new level. Can they convince the viewing audience their fake relationship deserves to win the grand prize? Or will Ivy and Emory get swept up in the holiday magic and find themselves falling in love for real?
Once Upon a Christmas House is a steamy, forced-proximity, fake relationship, M/M Christmas romance between a grumpy Scrooge and his best friend’s cheery little brother.
Release: Wednesday 1 November, Amazon KU
Tags: Pretend Relationship, Friends to Lovers, Best Friends Brother etc, Only One Bed, Forced proximity
My quick review: Aww, this was lovely… a reality show, only one bed (for real), and a slow burn Christmas Magic best friends brother love story. 5/5
V.L. Locey – The Christmas Extra (Laurel Holidays #5)
’Tis the season for a second chance at love.
Stillman King likes his life in the small rural farming community of Rockmount, Pennsylvania. It’s a different pace of life than Philly, but Philadelphia was where his heart was broken, and he was happy to leave. He might be lonely, but he’s settled and has even managed to win over his snooping neighbors. Overall, his days as a small-town sheriff are peaceful with only the occasional traffic accident, drunk and disorderly conduct, or a random meandering cow to deal with. That was until the day the mayor announced that Rockmount was going to be the filming location for a Christmas romance movie starring the popular soap opera star, Tony Gugliotti. The same Tony who’d left him right after college graduation and headed west to the bright lights of Los Angeles without even a goodbye.
Hearing his former lover’s name shatters all the merry bucolic vibes that usually fill Rockmount, at least for Stillman. He’d not seen or spoken to Tony for over twenty years and had no wish to ever again. But, suddenly, here Tony was, looking just as good as he did way back when with his killer smile and movie star jawline. Hollywood descended on Rockmount and Stillman did his best to balance keeping the peace while maintaining a polite distance from his ex. Pity it’s such a small town packed with incredibly meddlesome people. All it takes is one stake out, a night stuck in the courthouse’s basement, and one kiss wound in a lighted pine tree to reignite the passion both men thought they’d left far behind.
The Christmas Extra is a standalone small town, forced proximity, gay second chance Christmas romance with all the glitter of Hollywood, two mature men who never really got over each other, a village packed with holiday cheer as well as inquisitive neighbors, a well-meaning cast and crew, and a tinselly happy-ever-after.
Release: Wednesday 15 November, Wide Release
Tags: small town, Forced proximity, Enemies to Lovers, Older leading men
My quick review: This book had me at filming-a-Christmas-movie-in-town – I'm biased, but you all know how much I love Vicki's books 🙂 Recommended. 5/5
Aria Grace – Cupid (An mm mpreg holiday shifter romance)
Cupid's arrow has Christmas plans of its own this season…
For as long as there have been Santas delivering presents on sleighs, there have been reindeer to pull them. Arrow's family of shifter reindeer has been part of the tradition from the very beginning. He loves being on the team and all the joy he brings to children at Christmas time. But there is another part of his legacy that takes an even bigger toll. As an alpha with the Cupid surname, he also carries a bit of magic for matchmaking. It just comes naturally to him and he's able to connect those who are looking for love on the regular.
Too bad he can't make that magic work on himself.
Jude, a human omega, is finally ready to admit that keeping the oceanfront cottage his great-aunt left to him might be over his head. He moved in and was able to fix it up, but the property taxes are due and he isn't sure how to make the payment. When a friend suggests renting the place to tourists during the high season, he agrees to give it a shot.
He has no idea that his first and only renter will end up piercing his heart in a way he never expected.
Release: Monday 13 November, Amazon KU
Tags: Stranded, Forced proximity, Vacation romance
My quick review: TBR
Barbara Elsborg – The Mission
When Conrad and his ex split up three months before their upcoming work ski trip, Conrad’s unwavering passion for the slopes overshadows his reservations about a holiday anywhere near his ex and his new partner. But as ‘friends’ keep hinting he should cancel, he wishes he’d seen sense earlier. Now it’s too late to get his money back.
A clash of heads at check-in with a handsome stranger sets Conrad’s heart racing. Arlo is bound for the same Austrian resort, sparking Conrad’s daydreams of shared slopes, shared après-ski, shared hot tubs and more…while fully aware that spotting Arlo in the mountains will be almost impossible.
Little does Conrad know Arlo has orchestrated this moment. Now all Arlo has to do is convince Conrad he has the best of intentions. After all, if they don’t click by the end of the flight, Conrad will never know he’s been stalked.
Release: Saturday 11 November, Amazon KU
Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Surprises, Only Just Met, Vacation romance, Snowstorm
My quick review: OMG I really wanted to punch Mark… just saying… loved this sweet bg family, snow-ski-mountain-vacation romance. 5/5
Brigham Vaughn – Scrooge You!
Joel McArthur thought he knew everyone in the small town of Christmas Falls. He’s been running Ginger’s Breads bakery for more than a decade, after all.
But who is the mysterious runner who’s been passing by his shop every morning?
Hayden Bradley’s post-college plans fell through, landing him in this stupid small town he can’t get out of fast enough.
He hates Christmas and he’s tired of the endless holiday cheer.
But as Hayden finds himself spending more and more time at Joel’s bakery, he’s forced to admit that he’s developed a taste for the ginger-molasses cookies and the handsome ginger-haired baker who makes them.
Christmas Falls is a multi-author M/M romance series set in a small town that thrives on enough holiday charm to rival any Hallmark movie.
Release: Friday 15 December, Amazon KU
Tags: Age Gap, small town, Grumpy Sunshine
My quick review: TBR
Marie Sexton – Crazy Together
In the wake of his husband's recent passing, nightclub owner Bryan Nantel feels smothered by sympathy from his well-meaning friends. Tired of being seen only as a grieving widower, Bryan decides to spend the holiday with his father in Houston, even though he fears it will be the end of his hard-fought sobriety. But a chance encounter at the airport changes everything.
Noah Porter is a former baseball player whose career was cut short by a devastating injury. He’s not quite ready to come out of the closet, but he has every intention of losing his virginity ASAP. On a whim, he invites Bryan to spend the weekend with him at Camp Bay Chalet, a secluded B&B tucked away in the panhandle of Northern Idaho.
Bryan knows running away with a man he just met is crazy and reckless. Maybe even dangerous. But it sure beats his other options. He figures what happens at Camp Bay can stay at Camp Bay. And a bit of Christmas craziness may be exactly what he and Noah both need.
Release: Tuesday 24 October, Amazon KU
Tags: Only One Bed, Widower, Virgin, Only Just Met
My quick review: For everyone that believes in love at first sight… a lovely Christmas story 4.5/5 (Was a little lost with some of the other characters so I really need to dig out the other books from my kindle to remind myself, STAT! LOL)
Have You Read?
It takes an impossible Christmas wish for Bailey to find forever love with his brother’s best friend.
Turning twenty-five and still a virgin, Bailey has barely dated, let alone acted on the private fantasies featuring his brother’s best friend, newly retired hockey star, Kai. All he wants is for Kai to love him, but after a summer when Kai’s anger drove them apart, love doesn’t seem possible at all.
When Kai goes home to Wishing Tree, he knows he owes everyone an apology, not least of all to the man he loves. He’s convinced he can be the man Bailey deserves, and he needs to show Bailey how much he’s changed.
The only problem? Bailey has secrets he’s scared will drive Kai away, and Kai is running out of time to convince Bailey that falling in love starts with a wish, and can end up in forever.
The Wishing Tree is a standalone small-town Christmas MM romance with perfect snow, twinkling lights, a first real kiss, a shy virgin with a silken kink, a retired hockey player, and all the Christmas feels.More info →