Oh, this was a nice comforting read! I have a thing for Beauty and the Beast type stories, and this one delivered on all counts. As someone growing upOh, this was a nice comforting read! I have a thing for Beauty and the Beast type stories, and this one delivered on all counts. As someone growing up hearing a lot of negative things about my appearance from peers and family alike, I can tell you that when you internalize something like this, you become your own worst critic, ready to run yourself down before anyone else can. So I could sympathize with Red and his reluctance to believe that Terry could want him for who he really is.
Likewise, I liked the message behind Terry's ambition to chase after a nearly impossible dream: "It doesn't matter if you win as long as you're doing something you love." Too often, the goal is placed on winning, as though there aren't many more of us looking up to the podium rather than standing on it.
I am a sucker for holiday stories. I also love arch rivals-turned-to-lovers as a trope, but a former jewel thief and the FBI agent who had pursued himI am a sucker for holiday stories. I also love arch rivals-turned-to-lovers as a trope, but a former jewel thief and the FBI agent who had pursued him? Sign me up! Toss in a horse breeding operation, a baby llama in jeopardy, and a cast of kooky neighbors, and you had me hooked.
Place the whole thing in the hands of the master, Josh Lanyon, and you have a fun little holiday story that transcends the genre and makes it hard for anyone else to keep to this standard.
Without spoilers here, as someone who suffers from the same problem that ended Noel's career, I could sympathize with the realism with which it was depicted. It was the give and take between the characters that delighted me, though. If you're looking for a short, fun holiday read--look no further!...more
This was my first Jamie Fessenden story, but it won't be my last! As a die-hard (hah, no pun intended) fan of the genre, I enjoyed seeing the AmericanThis was my first Jamie Fessenden story, but it won't be my last! As a die-hard (hah, no pun intended) fan of the genre, I enjoyed seeing the Americanized equivalent of the British cozy with all my favorite tropes--including the amateur detective and the suspects all gathered for the denouement at the end!
I also thoroughly enjoyed the budding relationship between the main characters--and the interesting dichotomy of the younger man being the more experienced of the two in the sexual arena--as well as the journey taken by a bisexual man who's never acted on his attraction to another man before. The sex scenes were both charming and hot as a result!
I confess to a wee bit of eye-rolling at the penultimate scene--I don't want to give any outright spoilers here, but the professional in me shook my head at one point and said, "Nope, it doesn't work like that..." but then I frequently say that when watching medical dramas and I've learned to roll with artistic license for the sake of the story. The actual scene, even though I had a strong idea where it was headed, was incredibly tense as the characters played their deadly game of "Clue". Even though I felt certain the police would arrive in time, I caught myself reading faster and faster to see what would happen next. A fun read!...more
Kit Holmes is not a particularly likeable guy. He is incredibly self-absorbed. He sulks. He's not especially sociable and he is a bit too fond of junkKit Holmes is not a particularly likeable guy. He is incredibly self-absorbed. He sulks. He's not especially sociable and he is a bit too fond of junk food, not to mention Gin and Tonics. He's frequently foolhardy and seldom brave.
And because of all these things, his narrative leaps off the paper at you. He's not just human, or a three dimensional character. He's US. So naturally, we can't help but root for him, especially as we sympathize with his writer's slump, and his fears of taking his relationship with J.X. to the next level, a part of him still clutching the doorknob because he is preparing himself for when it doesn't work out. It helps that underneath all of this, Kit is an intuitively smart man who sometimes makes dumb decisions out of self-preservation. When he is at his worst, we forgive him. When he is at his best, we preen a little alongside him.
Add to that the sly observations about the publishing world, the depth of emotional connection between the two main characters, the cameo appearance of Adrien English (that had me squealing like the fangirl I am) and the slightly madcap, screwball comedy feel to the whole story, and once again, Lanyon has me grinning from ear to ear.
You can definitely read this story without having read the others in the series, but do yourself a favor and get books one and two as well. You won't regret it....more
Oh, this was a fun read! Riley, a newly minted cordon blue pastry chef, travels to Aspen to meet with his boyfriend and a new job, only to find himselOh, this was a fun read! Riley, a newly minted cordon blue pastry chef, travels to Aspen to meet with his boyfriend and a new job, only to find himself dumped and looking for a both work AND a place to stay. His world crashing around him, he makes some terrible choices, and winds up being rescued out of a bad situation by a hunky cowboy. A simple hookup, and he'll get on with his life, right?
Only it's not so simple. He still needs work and he's not ready to leave the area. A city boy at heart, there's something about the wide open spaces that frightens and yet appeals to him. He takes the only work he can get--camp cook for a guest ranch. Which just happens to be owned by--you guessed it--the hunky cowboy!
If you're looking for some hot scenes between two men from completely different worlds, an inside glimpse at the workings of a 'dude' ranch and how to run a top-notch kitchen, and some mouth-watering recipes, this is the book for you. :-) I'm going to get my breadstarter going right now....more