63 Days Later: A Holiday Tail

4.5 Stars

Finally! If you read my review for the first book in this series (check it out here), you know that I was SO bummed about the epilogue. That book was a roller coaster of death, potential death, and danger and I feel like I walked away with one of those T-shirts that said I survived and all I got was this t-shirt. Obviously we also got the enjoyment of reading the first story but I was rockin’ a sad face for a few days from not getting more closure.

But this…

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I forgive you Adrienne Wilder and have promptly placed you back on my figurative Christmas card list. This short novella gave me everything I wanted and more because PUPPPPPPPPPPPPPPIES!!

Anywhoooo, thank you for writing this bit of holiday goodness. AND thank you for some super sweet, steamy closure on August and Keegan.

Yours For The Holiday

Reviewed for @BMBR

3 Stars

That cover…

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I waffled back and forth on my rating with this one for a few days. *sigh* It was just okay. The characters were decent (when they weren’t whiny and changing their minds every scene), being fully accepted and loved by a surrogate family hits me in my happy place, and the premise of best friend’s little brother appeals to me. It had potential but fell a bit short in execution.

Jason (JJ) Hendricks is heading home for Thanksgiving. His home is the cabin of his best friend’s (Derek) family, the Wells. JJ has a dysfunctional family situation with an absent father and an addict of a mother. The Wells family has been his true family… even Remy, Derek’s younger brother and the guy JJ loves to hate and hates to love.

Remy has been in love with JJ forever. He was Remy’s first crush and those feelings never went away even though they’re constantly tearing into each other. This is the first Thanksgiving they will both be attending at the same time in years. They also have to share a room. Much to Remy’s surprise, JJ is not as straight as an arrow but has yet to come out as bisexual. Ohhhh the temptation for manty wearing Remy. Unfortunately Remy is straight off a break up and JJ can’t risk losing the only family he has. One thing leads to another; red satin here, an ass grab there, hand job after and both men find themselves in situations neither expected. There were some redeeming qualities; They had decent chemistry with some heat. There was also a teasing element to their interactions that I enjoyed along with the familiarity of life long friends.

Welp, that’s pretty much it. There wasn’t enough depth in this story to make it more interesting. The synopsis for the book pretty much includes everything that happens throughout. Yes, there is some added unnecessary drama thrown in with Derek (Waaaaaaaay OTT) and some J.V. level drama with JJ’s parents, Other than that, just the back and forth between the two MCs in a “We shouldn’t/ We should/ We can’t/ But here’s a dick pic” kind of way. I actually liked JJ and Remy as individuals. I forgave the lack of relationship development because they had known each other for years while growing up. I even forgave the abundance of mundane details that were included throughout. But, what was left didn’t make up enough to move my opinion from okay to like.

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If you’re looking for a low key, low angst, predictable read, this may be for you.

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Desperately Seeking Santa

Reviewed for @BMBR

3.5 Stars

Want a feel good, low drama holiday read? This fits the bill with its fluffy, low angst, and likable characters. I liked it, but it didn’t blow my elf socks off like Easton typically does. While many readers may want a feel good, easy peasy holiday romance, I’m all gimme my angst, kindle combusting steam and then seal it with sweetness. *shrug*

Gabe Martin, college senior and aspiring journalist has been assigned to cover the annual Elks Christmas Charity dinner that benefits St. Mark’s Children’s Home. After some research, Gabe decides to turn his story from puff piece to an investigative article on revealing the Santa that has a hidden identity yet brings much joy to the children at this dinner.

Now, I sure do hope you have read Superhero by Easton because it’s awesome and we’re treated to Owen and Jordan being secondary characters in this story. Jordan invites Gabe to Owen’s wrestling match and he begrudgingly accepts. Apparently the idea of skin tight singlets on fit wrestlers wasn’t that appealing… until he sees Mack “The Mountain” McDonall.

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Mack is a 285lb wrestler that’s straight muscle and stirs up an urgent need to learn all about “mountain climbing.” Gotta watch out for that high altitude and proper hand holds/placement. Maybe throw a carabiner in, too. *bites fist*

“That’s not a man, that’s a zip code.”

Yassssss… tell me more.

I was giddy with anticipation for Mack and his ability to pick up huge men off the ground. I was already dreaming about the *ahem* possibilities of someone that big and strong connecting with another man. Except, Mack wasn’t his wrestling persona. Don’t worry, I dig gentle giants too. He was shy, quiet, reserved, smart, and kept his head down to get through school and move on to the next stage. He wasn’t dealt the best hand at life but he is doing his part to make a difference.

Gabe and Mack are officially introduced when Jordan attempts to set them up. It’s all going swell until Mack retreats at Gabe’s mention of investigating Santa’s identity and using it for his article. The night ends quickly but it doesn’t stop Gabe from tracking Mack down. They form a tentative friendship and it slowwwwwly progresses. It grows as much as it can when both men are still tentative and hesitant to take it further. Much of the story shows their developing friendship with some real UST thrown in. An actual relationship doesn’t happen until the last 20% of the book which brought out my *disappointed face*. Gabe and Mack were opposites but likable characters and while I appreciated the foundation they built leading up to that moment when it all changes, I wanted more. More relational connection. More assertive in their wants. More of them together as they transitioned to boyfriends. And yes, I’ll say it, more heat.

One little oddity for me was the integration of Spanish. I’ll warn you that I took Spanish in high school for a few years and only came away with saying “No, I don’t have gum in my mouth” and “can I go to the bathroom.” Clearly, I’m not the expert on it and definitely wasn’t a model student either. However, Gabe embraced his Spanish side but stated that he wasn’t a proficient speaker due to his father not allowing it. Yet, there were many times throughout where Spanish words were thrown in. I have seen this in a few other books but it didn’t seem as forced as it did in this one. Mi Mama, dios, joder, etc., were all thrown in randomly and pulled me out each time. Again, not an expert on language integration and I look forward to some of my fellow reader’s thoughts on the authentic-ness of the placements.

All in all, this was a sugary sweet, low angst, holiday read with a HEA. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’d recommend it.

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Merry & Bright

4 Stars

Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? I think these shorties may turn that frown upside down and have you channeling your inner Will Ferrell.

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Ok, maybe not that excited but possibly a little less Scrooge and a little more Grinch finding his heart. These three stories all have something in common; The MCs feeling like they’ve hit rock bottom while utterly alone. But are they really alone? What can they do to find their way out of Scroogeville? Those are questions the men in each story have to work through. It isn’t that they have a hatred for the holiday season, life has just beaten the shit out of them and each man has to figure out how long he’s going continue being kicked while down.

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I was a fan of Quin. Not the asshole-ish vibe he constantly gave off but of the journey he made from beginning to end. He was the classic case of living to work and not working to live. Quin treated everyone around him like they were mere peasants and he was king. Luckily, Rob saw through his facade and was an excellent role-model on how to treat people. Rob had the unique ability to put Quin in his place while making him want to be a better person. This was a super sweet short that made me all warm and fuzzy once they got their HEA.

Mr. Perfect’s Christmas
Meh. This was shorter and the story wasn’t as enjoyable as the first in the anthology. Sam was Eeyore and it seemed that he always thought the worst of himself in all situations. He needed a little more reassurance and Nick was just the man to do that. I wish this was a tad longer for increased depth but it served its purpose for spreading Christmas cheer and the message of hope.

Rest and be Thankful
This was the longest in the anthology at about 50%. Cam. He broke my heart. Cam was trying to tread water in his shitty circumstances and was sinking fast. He was really relatable in that everything was going wrong all at once. House falling apart, not making enough money at work to fix everything, trouble in the community, completely alone, and not wanting to ask for help to save face. *sigh* His despair was a tangible thing and Rob was just the person to provide that “rest” for this weary man.

But, here’s my pickle… This was the longer of the stories and I felt it provided the least amount of closure. Yes, the men have their HEA but we still don’t know if Cam fixed any of his other circumstances. Once he got the New Year’s peen, it was game. over. There wasn’t an epilogue and I feel kinda gypped. *Bah humbug*

All in all these sweet stories are perfect for the holiday season with a little heat thrown in. They gave me warm and fuzzy feelings of hope, love, and the benefits of surrounding yourself with the ones in your life who matter most. Recommended.

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Silvia Violet Blog Tour & Giveaway

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Length: 22,000 words approx
 
Cover Design: L.C. Chase
 
Blurb
 

Ace and Gavin haven’t had a threesome in far too long. When Ace meets the perfect guy to join them, he can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.

Jonathan is charmed by the sexy couple, and he quickly realizes that what started as a fling has the potential to be a whole lot more.

Gavin feels their connection just as strongly, but even after weeks of the three of them hanging out, he’s afraid to suggest they turn their friends-with-benefits arrangement into a serious relationship.

The joy and shared experiences of the season have a way of making magic happen, if only all three men could find the courage to ask for what they want.

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Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.

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Three Under the Christmas Tree

2 Stars

Uhhhhmmmmmmm.

*cue porn music*

Ok, much better. Now the proper mood is set because this was straight up porny-land. I’m talking sex, sex, more sex, teeny bit of OTT drama, sex, sex, lack of communication, and didn’t I mention sex? The time it took the established couple to say “hello, nice to meet you,” to being at their house with the third, picturing a life together, and them being naked took less time than my one-click finger with an Amazon gift card.

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Ace decides that the perfect gift for Gavin this holiday season is to add a third to their already open relationship. It’s been a while since they had a party of three and Ace found Jonathan on Grindr. As I mentioned before, the meet went very well and Jonathan was picturing domesticated bliss while fucking Gavin’s face, faster than the speed of light.

Jonathan has insecurities from being a third in the past. The couples he had been with before had always just been looking for a good time or a one-off. These insecurities creep up again as the trio try to navigate their wants and needs. Communication becomes a huge issue for all three. But who needs communication when you’re otherwise delightfully occupied? No one because everything was just perrrrrrrrrfect. Jonathan was perfect. The fit was perfect, perfect, perfect. Not really but the term was used enough to try and sell it. *sigh*

I started perking up at the mention of Gavin’s submissive nature, restraints, spanking, etc… But, it didn’t live up to the hype. Felt like vanilla ice cream trying to pass off as rocky road. #kinkfail *sad face*

I’ve read this author recently and really dug it. But this one fell short. Yes, there were moments of heat and a HEA. But, for the most part it was cheesy. A cheesy sex fest.

If I’m gonna be teased with rocky road, don’t give me plain vanilla. At least make it french vanilla. If I’m gonna read porn, I want it to be hot.

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