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Home for the Holidays

(The Replacement Guitarist #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Jason Stockton and Blaze Shinozuka are looking forward to escaping their hectic rock and roll lifestyle for a relaxing holiday. Their plan seems promising, and the passion between them burns hotter than ever as they keep each other warm despite the icy temperatures.

When a surprise Stockton family get-together threatens to reveal what Jason would rather keep hidden, their
ebook, 2nd edition, 233 pages
Published November 18th 2013 by Lori Toland (first published December 20th 2010)
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I was eager to dive right in with this sequel to The Replacement Guitarist to see where things went for Blaze and Jason. It picked up right where the other one ended and jumped right into the stress of the holidays. I was so curious about Jason's family and impatient to discover what would happen when Jason was introduced to Blaze's family. I got all that and more with this second installment in the series which should most definitely be read in order.

Jason and Blaze were planning to spend a few
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed seeing more into the lives of two of my favorite characters. Blaze sticks up for himself and you can see his growth. Jason has to learn to open up and share and trust. All of this in the back-drop of Christmas. It's a winner.
Lori Toland
Aug 28, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Home for The Holidays is complete! There's about 20K more added on to this story in "The Journey Onward" and there are new scenes throughout the whole story.

Lori Toland's Home For The Holidays Review and Blog Tour. Check out the Original Blog Post:

My 5 of 5 Stars Review

The first time I read Home for the Holidays (1st ed.) was in 2011. Back then I was just starting to read the MM genre and I was still going over the books my friends told me about. After reading The Replacement Guitarist and fell in love with both Blaze and Jason, I had to get the second book.

I had held on to these two and both are in my older
Gay Media Review
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Home For The Holidays (The Replacement Guitarist #2) by Lori Toland

This beautifully written book takes up right after The Replacement Guitarist and dove right into the craziness of the holidays. Last we read about Blaze and Jason, they found each other in a world that was not accepting of them but they actually came together. Home for the Holidays starts off with Blaze and Jason are going home to their families for the holidays and to get away from their busy work schedules. They first visit Ja
Simply Just Jen
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story by Lori Toland. I was once again blown away by all the steamy sex. Oh my gosh can she write a hot scene! This is the continuing story of Jason and Blaze. This story had everything I was wanting to know about these two hot males. We get to know so much more about Jason and his family. We also get to feel the fear that Blaze has in coming out to his family. We see the struggles of a traditional Japanese family come to terms with the fact that one of their own is actually gay.
Crystal Marie
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was soooooooooooooooooo happy to read this book! I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next between Jason and Blaze. With how their relationship started in The Replacement Guitarist, I was wondering what was going to happen in their future. Well thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long to find out (It was only the matter of clicking on this title in my kindle. BUT IT STILL FELT LIKE FOREVER!!)

One thing that I did say about Jason and Blaze’s relationship in The Replacement Guitarist is h
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars rounded to 5

This is the sequel to The Replacement Guitarist and I suggest reading in order because the sequel starts exactly where the first book ends.

This is largely a romance and explores how Jason and Blaze integrate into each other's circles of relations, including family and friends. They spend the holidays first with Jason's family and then with Blaze's family. They each experiences the anxiety and press
Crystal Marie
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Paws!!

I feel as though I should say that I did read the original version of this book about a year ago. And I did enjoy it quite a bit. But also on that note, I can say with completely honesty that I LOVED this version of the book much more than the original.
In this story, we get to spend the holidays with Jason and Blaze. What should have started out as a fun vacation time ended up becoming something even… worse. I couldn’t imagine being either one of them when they are meeting the parents
Lori Garside
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blaze and Jason continue to develop their relationship. It’s difficult when Jason is consumed with managing his performers and Blaze is on tour. Blaze misses his family, but is afraid of how his beloved grandmother will feel about his love for Jason. Jason has his own family issues. His parents and older brother are veritable legends in the entertainment industry. Jason is much happier behind the scenes. He is close to his parents, but he and his brother have MAJOR issues. Both Blaze and Jason m ...more
Neka Marie
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. . .I love this series. . . Jason and Blaze are wonderful, endearing characters who are easy to fall in love with. I laughed with the characters, I hurt with them too and they are always very vivid and real to me.

I loved being able to read this Christmas edition of their new budding relationship and meeting their families. I love Jason’s Hollywood family as much as I adore Blaze’s local Hawaiian one. This author does big family scenes so well and some of the family scene
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the continuation of Blaze and Jason's story. My biggest complaint from the Replacement Guitarist was that I thought there should have been more. There is more here and you can definitely see the growth in the relationship and in the individual characters. Even saying that, my issue again is I still think there needs to be more between these two. (view spoiler) ...more
Alina Popescu
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Families, the people who make holidays both wonderful and extremely stressful! Blaze and Jason get to meet each other's families and deal with two different types of issues. Tension, lack of acceptance, lack of time for just the two of them, it will all take its toll on the guitarist and manager that have been together for a little over half a year, but are still in the 'get to know you' phase. Apart from the obvious holiday issues, the two will also need to figure out the future of their relati ...more
Kele Moon
This hit all my hot buttons. The excitement and complications of a new, budding relationship, hot M/M lovin', big family home for the holidays humor, behind the scenes celebrity lives--not to mention lots of it takes place in my home state of Hawaii. What's not to love? I devoured this book and I have to say that though it made me totally homesick (she captured the feel of Hawaii so well it had me longing for home!) I absolutely adored this installment of Jason and Blaze's love affair!! Five sta ...more
Won as part of the 2013 Holiday Party in the Erotic Enchants Group! ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 'Enjoyable story and love he main characters' stars.
Happy Holidays in Hawaii and LA!

Blaze and Jason really are on a Hollywood whirlwind romance which continues in a much better fashion in Home for the Holidays. I loved the fact things didn't go completely smooth for them with either of their families. Jason comes from Hollywood royalty yet his sibling rivalry with his brother hit home for me on a personal level. His extended family were great about his relationship with Blaze and I loved the glamour of their Christmas celebration. I loved gettin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, music
A marked improvement over the first in the series, and one I enjoyed thoroughly. The character development, and development of a deeper and more meaningful relationship between Blaze and Jason that was lacking for me in the first book starts to show up here, and is done well. We also learn a great deal more about both characters backstory, and gain insight into why it is that they act the way that they do. That said, both characters frustrated me quite a bit. (no major spoilers, but tagged to be ...more
Angela Goodrich
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the sequel to The Replacement Guitarist we get to accompany Blaze and Jason on their journey as their relationship continues to develop. As indicated by the title, the two are Home for the Holidays and spending their first Christmas & New Year together alone at Jason's home. Or so they thought. It's nice to see that even though Jason comes from a famous Hollywood family, they're just as crazy and confrontational as everyone else's.

What starts out as an unbelievably tense reunion between Jaso
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was eager to dive right into The Replacement Guitarist sequel to see where the story went next for Blaze and Jason. This book picked up right where the replacement guitarist ended and jumped right into the stress of the holidays with the family.

This book takes us over the bumps in the road for Blaze and Jason as they navigate there own way through there building relationship, but then throw family and coming out into the mix plus the holidays which always seem to make family crazy!

Jason's fami
Andrea Goodell
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to The Replacement Guitarist. And yes you should read the first one first. This one is still about Blaze and Jason.
This starts at the end of the American leg of the tour, and Blaze and Jason have a few weeks off before Blaze heads to Europe. They have decided to spend the winter holiday in L.A. now that Blaze is going to move in with Jason. Once there, Jason’s family surprises him by showing up and spending Christmas at his house. Since Jason and his brother do not get along t
Shirley Frances
In Home for the Holidays we get to meet Jason's family which was nice and entertaining. Meeting them helped me to better understand some of Jason's behavior and reluctance to put himself 'out there'. We also get to see a bit more of Blaze's family which we had met in the previous installment. It was a treat to see how committed Blaze and Jason were to each other when the time came to stand up for their relationship. For me this story cemented the fact that they were more than a passing thing.

Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read Lori's The Replacement Guitarist Series. This is a four book series (although book 4 won't be out until later this summer) that follows the love story of Blaze, the replacement guitarist, and Jason, the manager of the band he is hired to complete a tour. The moment Jason walks the the door, he falls for Blaze. Blaze is gobsmacked by Jason.

From that day on they share their passion for each other and for music. The series is full of misunderstandings, passion, love,
Lisa The Novel Approach
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book ended way too soon for my taste, but then again, I could read about these two for days with no complaints. The good news is Lori Toland left plenty of room for more books in the series, and I for one can’t wait to see what happens next. This is a story of two men who are both so scarred by their pasts that it is hard for them to let anyone else in. They will have to find the strength to trust one another and when they do, it is going to be beautiful.

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Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love Blaze and Jason ... This book continues the love story between them and goes into the dynamic of Jason's family. Also how Blaze's grandma reacts to meeting Jason. The story is clear on the aspects of them struggling with being accepted and both of them having insecurities. One thing about this book is that their love is apparent and they care very much for their own feelings with each other. Dealing with the business is difficult and the end opens the new door of telling more about them. Lo ...more
Ann Lister
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful follow-up to Lori Toland's, "The Replacement Guitarist". I loved revisiting these characters and thought the story was more fleshed out, too. Even the secondary characters took on a larger role in this story! I also enjoyed the growth in Blaze and Jason's relationship, too.
Great story!
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice angst continuation of Jason and Blaze story. The go to Hawaii for the holidays, hoping to be able to relax and really learn more about each other, what they don't expect is to have issues start to push them away from each other. Will a secret come between them or will the be able to overlook everything and continue to grow as a couple.
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
I didn't feel much connection with either MC. Most of the time I felt like they were spoiled children who refused to communicate with each other which irritated me. There was some plot, but it was thin in between the numerous boring sex scenes. These two had sex at least once for the first 5 chapters in the book after that I stopped counting.
There is something juvenile about the writing. It's not as bad as those that seem to be written by my 13 y/o self but still the characters act and react in that slightly immature way a teenager would. I was able to finish it so its not horrible. Just not my cup of tea
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
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Writing romance since the tender age of 13, Lori Toland somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her cats and husband. I'm also a secret cat.

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The Replacement Guitarist (4 books)
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