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Miracle of the Bellskis

(Holidays with the Bellskis #2)

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Too much family…too little Egg Nog.

It's been three years since Seth Bellski forced his boyfriend and ex-boss Lars Varga out of the closet. Since then, Seth has passed the bar and become an attorney, and Lars has started his own firm. Their sex life has gotten steamier, and everything seems perfect between them. Until the holidays arrive.

It's bad enough that Seth's mother a
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ebook, 1st Edition, 110 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Loose Id
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
4.25*

I'm so ridiculous, seriously. I loved Carol of the Bellskis and read it in the fall of 2011 and I waited all this time to read the sequel? What is wrong with me? *please don't answer that, it was a rhetorical question and we don't really have time to compile that list*

Astrid Amara has never disappointed me, every single one of her stories was funny, fun, entertaining, sweet and original and Seth and Lars are as awesome in this book as they were in book one. ( if anything Lars is even bette
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Deeze
I always worry that sequels will not live up to the first book. I’m very happy to say that this was not the case.

This book was just as well written and entertaining as the first. Again Lars and Seth were wonderful. They are just one of those couples that belong together.

Meeting Lars parents made understanding the Lars from book one so easy. I really loved that Lars didn’t backslide when his parents came to stay.

Seth was wonderfully entertaining with his thought process, although this time round
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Ami
3.5 stars

What I enjoy most from this story is how as a couple Lars and Seth are not "perfect". They have been together for four years now, three years after Seth forced Lars to come out ... but they still have their fights and disagreements. It's nice, because it shows that being a couple doesn't mean all flowers and rainbows, but there are also compromises along the way.

If Carol of the Bellskis is mainly about handling the secrecy of their relationship, this book is about handling the family. L
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Mandapanda
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Miracle of the Bellskis revisits Seth and Lars, the sexy heroes from Carol of the Bellskis. It's a few years later and Lars' parents, who have been fairly unaccepting of their relationship, have come for the Christmas holiday. The visit is complicated by Seth's first case as a new lawyer. Seth has some niggling suspicions about the case and to make matters worse, Lars is the lawyer for the other side.

I love this author's writing. Her characters are so natural and normal and full of life and fun.
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Simsala
4,5 stars

The best Christmas/Hanukkah story in 2011 so far!
I want to adopt Seth,Lars,the Bellskis and...yes - o.k.,the Vargas too.They came around after all...
Just need a good attorney (or two),a little egg-nog,the world`s best recipe for cinnamon rolls,some courage and room for a model train...
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Candice
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday
Great book. So far this is my favorite holiday book this year. I just love Lars and Seth. This book will definitely be a re-read for me in the future.
DaisyGirl
4.5 stars rounded up to 5.0

It's been three years since Seth Bellski forced his boyfriend and ex-boss Lars Varga out of the closet. Since then, Seth has passed the bar and become an attorney, and is working at Partridge & Craft, a small family law firm dedicated to helping the underprivileged and victims of domestic violence; meanwhile, Lars started his own firm and is settling in nicely. Seth's sister Rachel and her family have relocated to Seattle, prompting Seth's parents to follow suit. D
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Anke
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
First read Dec. 22, 2011 - 4.5 stars

Re-read Dec. 7, 2016 - 5 stars

This time I even liked this a bit more than the first time I read it. And a bit more than the first book:)
Jenre
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, romance
Last year I really enjoyed Astrid Amara's Hanukkah story Love Ahead: Expect Delays, and so I was looking forward to her offering this year.  At first I was a little dismayed to discover that the story was a sequel to Carol of the Bellskis which I haven't read, but it seemed a good excuse to buy and read that first book so I could get this one too.  I loved Carol of the Bellskis which I reviewed briefly on Good Reads here, and so that made me look forward to reading this book.

Whilst, in the end,
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Sadonna
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pdf, mm, holidays
I officially love Lars and Seth now. There are so many funny moments in this story - as well as some genuinely touching moments. This story takes place at least three years since the last story since Seth has now finished law school, passed the bar and now has his first case. Who should the opposing counsel be? Of course it's Lars! Lars has split from his original homophobic partner and gone out on his own. He has only taken this divorce case as a favor to another friend. But the true drama of t ...more
Fehu
I really liked the previous book and was a bit reserved about this one, because a lot of sequels are not as good. Not this one!

There was a story besides the relationship and family problems. Lars changed a lot and it seemed a bit fast for Seth to have a law degree but otherwise it was a great read.

In this book we get to know Seth and Lars parents and see what happen when they all come together for the Holidays? Who get to celebrate which holidays with which family?

Besides the stress of managing
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Smith Barney
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
and..so..this is why it is..

why I read.

I read..
..to laugh
..to smile
..to be stimulated
..enlightened
..to live another life..in another skin..place..time
..to love abundantly..openly
..and to escape in so many more sensations I've left unlisted.

Reading is my fulfillment..and Ms. Amara has left me pleasantly stuffed..full. So blessed.
Lasha
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jessewave
4.75 stars.

Miracle of the Bellskis is the sequel to Carol of the Bellskis, which was also reviewed on Jessewave and got 5 stars. The sequel is just as entertaining and goes in my top two holiday stories along with K.A. Mitchell’s The Christmas Proposition. Set three years after the other book, Seth and Lars have now settled into domestic bliss — or have they? With the holidays coming, old hurts surface and Lars and Seth’s relationship falters as Lars’ parents come into town disapproving of their
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Nichole (DirrtyH)
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, m-m, holiday
Awesome sequel. I was sad when it ended, I could have kept reading this story forever.
Just an FYI, the blurb makes it sound like Lars and Seth became kinky BDSM sceners. I don't know why that was in the blurb at all. When it says "kink" what it really means is "sex". There are a couple of scenes where they have quiet sex because Lars' parents are in the next room. No BDSM, or even hints of it, in this book. Which I was glad of. I didn't really want any spanking in this book. I have other books
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Kaje Harper
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story, light, m-m
I like Lars and Seth as a couple - they have love and fun and disagreements and seem real. The parents are a little polarized, but they progress through the story nicely. One thing I liked was the realistically present-but-mild clash of Jewish and Christian holiday traditions and expectations. I thought the choices and compromises were well depicted and fit with the families involved. I'm not sure the big plot point is truly plausible, but it worked for the story and wasn't so impossible it coul ...more
Chris
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, gay, romance, 2011, done, holiday
Very good m/m Hanukkah/Christmas romance that takes place several years after Carol of the Bellskis, as Seth meets Lars' somewhat icy parents for the first time... because Lars' parents are staying with Lars and Seth for the holidays.
Coffee
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this was just so good. I adored Seth and Lars in the first book so I was very happy to see there was going to be another book featuring them. And it didn't disappoint. I couldn't put it down. My only fault? Not long enough by half. I'm greedy, I want more Seth and Lars :)
Nikko
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I caaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnn't wait!!!! Woooo Hooooo!!!



Latest update!!! Just as I expected it, it was a lovely read!!
Adrianamae
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, holiday
i didnt want it to end. i loved this christmas story.
S.A. Crow
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, queer, mystery
(Same review as for the first.) I so enjoyed this series. I'm especially happy about it b/c I just set down another series that was also trying to be funny and couldn't sustain it. Humor is hard, and I'm delighted that this series pulled it off throughout.

The first was my favorite, sharp and pointed and with moments of surprise sweetness. The emotions felt real even in the absurd premise. The second was a bit repetitive but still quite enjoyable, then the third was wonderfully sweet, seeing them
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Ng
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 12-uc-tp-mm
3.5 Stars
Wonderful holiday romance and carries over very nicely from the previous book. We meet Lar's family and get to understand him much better.
Kaetrin
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
What it's about: (from Goodreads) Too much family…too little Egg Nog.

It's been three years since Seth Bellski forced his boyfriend and ex-boss Lars Varga out of the closet. Since then, Seth has passed the bar and become an attorney, and Lars has started his own firm. Their sex life has gotten steamier, and everything seems perfect between them. Until the holidays arrive.

It's bad enough that Seth's mother and father want them over every single night of Hanukkah. And that Lars's less-than-toleran
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Plainbrownwrapper
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
3.5 stars, rounding up to 4

Astrid Amara herself says in her dedication that this book has a "ridiculous plot", and I more or less agree with her. Nonetheless, it's a fun way to waste an hour or two.

I enjoyed both of the MCs, Seth and Lars, more in this book than in Carol of the Bellskis. It may just be that I have had more chance to get to know them now, but they seem more like real, rounded people in this book. Also, at this point the two have lived together for three years, so they are more st
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SA
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, 2013, found-ebook, 2018
Re-read January 2018: Bumped up the stars for continuous re-read and delight every time. One of the things I like about "Miracle" is that there's a proper time-jump, and you don't have to slug through the whole deal of Lars' coming out process, Seth's continued education, and all the changes personally and professionally they've gone through. Not that I wouldn't read that, of course, because I so totally would, but I like the time-jump here. I love that we see Lars feeling more open and free, ev ...more
Benjamin Wong
I quite enjoyed Carol of the Bellskis, and this was a great and better follow-up to that. We got to see Seth and Lars settle in to a life together, complete with Seth's crazy-fun Jewish family, and we also got the much dreaded visit from Lars's stiff and disapproving parents. And amidst all that holiday cheer and jeer was a rather baffling divorce case where our lovebirds were opposing counsels.

It was fun and amazing to see the chemistry and love between them blossom, and the sweetness and comfo
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Tam
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-story, m-m
We might have switched holidays to Hanukkah, but I just realized we have a theme with a bit of a switch. While in the last book they didn't mind him being gay, they hated his partner, in this one they are freaked that he's gay, although not that freaked by his partner, if they knew him.

This is the sequel to Carol of the Bellskis (wow, that was 2009) which I adored even if I wasn't certain Lars was the right guy for Seth. But it's been three years and things are going well. He's totally supportiv
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Melanie
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. What a wonderful surprise to see this release. I loved the first book in the series, Carol of the Bellskis from Astrid Amara that was released last year. So this was a joyful present this December. This sequel finds partners Seth Bellski and Lars Varga happily together and getting ready for the holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas. For the first time, this will include Lars' family, who is still not comfortable with the idea of their son being gay and his meeting live-in lover. Plus Se ...more
UnusualChild{beppy}
4.5 stars

Synopsis: Seth and Lars have been together for 3 years now, and it's going to be a family holiday this year. Seth's parents have moved to the west coast, along with his sister, and Lars' parents are visiting for the first time since Lars told them he and Seth were together.
Seth gets his first case as lead lawyer; a divorce case that feels a little off to Seth, and the opposing attorney happens to be Lars.
Seth's parents want to spend Hanukkah with Seth and Lars, and Lars' parents don't r
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ElaineY
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Surprise! I actually survived Bellskis #1 and looked forward to the sequel! Some of the MMs I've reread recently didn't make it to the sequel so I'm patting myself on the back for this one:P

Bellskis #2 was a much more enjoyable read because I managed to lay aside the horror of running the motel and focus on the romance. Alright, I admit at the back of my mind I was still wondering what happened to Seth's uncle and aunt but Ami's assurance that they haven't been kidnapped by aliens (or murdered b
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