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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A romantic getaway at an all-inclusive boutique hotel over Christmas seems the perfect way for Glenn Trevor to celebrate the festive period with his boyfriend.

But he could have done without waking up on the first morning delirious and covered in spots. Abandoned by his boyfriend, Glenn’s only saving grace comes in the dynamic form of Bastian, the waiter assigned to attend
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ebook, 145 pages
Published December 2017 by Finally Love Press
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Kendra T
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm voluntarily reviewing a free advance reader copy I received from the author.

So first of all, Poor Glenn! His "boyfriend" was a total and complete tool, and I am so glad he is gone from Glenn's life. (On another hand, however, he seemed like such a jerk that I'm surprised Glenn didn't notice it sooner-he's an intelligent man!)

Glenn goes on a local holiday "getaway" with his jerk-ex. Unfortunately Glenn gets ill and requires being quarantined and taken care of. Hotel worker Bastian goes above
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Lillian Francis
Dec 16, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Edit 1 Feb 2018: Now available in Kindle Unlimited.
Amber
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Calamine & Christmas Cake by Lillian Francis. The story is about Elementary school teacher Glenn who goes to a resort with his boyfriend, Xander. Little does Glenn know that he has gotten measles from one of his students until his boyfriend informs him one morning that he doesn't do sickness and abandons him at the resort. Lucky for Glenn, he has Bastian (Seb) there to be his personal nurse/friend to take care of him and keep him entertained while he has to be quarantined. They have ...more
Nicoletta
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, arc, a_libreria
*ARC provided by the author*

This was a cute and heart-warming love story set during Christmas! The main character, Glenn, wakes up sick a few days before Christmas while he's on vacation with his boyfriend, who quickly leaves him alone. I felt a lot for Glenn, but luckily he's soon taken care of by Seb, one of the hotel employees. Seb is funny, caring and sweet and soon Glenn's feelings that started as a crush develop into friendship, then into something more. I found the pace of Glenn and Seb's
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Linda
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really great and well-written m/m👬💗 romance with some steamy times but mostly it starts with a crush and morphs into friendship and more. I really liked the unique start to the tale. Having had the experience of being alone and ill, stuck in a small hotel room until I could get back on my feet, I appreciated that Glenn, the hotel guest turned invalid, felt abandoned and isolated without Seb's visits to care for and entertain him.

Seb is a warm, likable character and the heart of the 🎄holiday at
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*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
I hate having to give this book this sort of rating, but this was very "meh" for me :-/! True rating ... 1.5 stars. I didn’t like this but I didn’t dislike it either - I felt Seb deserved the stars, so I rounded up!! A lot of nothing happened here and this story felt very undercooked and unfinished :-/! The Xander plot line was redundant, I didn’t really feel the connection between the MC’s and for the life of me couldn’t understand why Seb would even take a risk on Whatshisname [Glenn], the sex ...more
Barbara
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really sweet Christmas story of two men who meet in a peculiar way. Glenn contacts measles and the disease shows up when he goes to a resort hotel just down the road from him with his boyfriend. Boyfriend does not do sickness well and leaves Glenn in the lurch. Bastian who helps his aunt manage the resort takes it upon himself to take care of Glenn. The men settle into becoming friends as Glenn tries to make Glenns Christmas a good one despite he is quarantined at the hotel. Friendshi ...more
Lorraine Dias
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that this is the first Lillian Francis book I've ever read. And I'm so glad I did!

Glenn goes to a resort to spend some romantic time with his boyfriend. Too bad for him he's got measles and his boyfriend wants nothing to do with him. Although his saving grace comes in the form of waiter/assistant manager Bastian aka Seb.

Glenn is so cute! He's giggly, funny and really sweet!

Seb is even cuter! He's caring, romantic and a fantastic nurse lol!

I really enjoy reading m/m book
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Meg
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts with Glen, an elementary school teacher, being left at a hotel during Christmas due to unexpectedly coming down with the measles. His boyfriend looks at the spots and tells him he doesn’t do sick people. Next thing you know Sebastian, who is a man of all trades working his aunts hotel, is looking over Glen with a doctor. Glen and Seb had flirted with each other earlier. After Glen is diagnosed with the measles he stays i
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Angelique
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet story about Clen and Seb,the former a teacher on a little vacation with his boyfriend.
When His boyfriend does not do,sick people.and bails on him.
Sebastian swoops in and takes care off him.
The guy is more than sweet,both guys are flirting.
In the time it takes Clen to get better,he and Bastian develop the start off something more.

The romance takes place in the matter of a couple off days.
to early to make the jump to forever,thus the hfn on the final page is fitting.

I liked it,as it is,a n
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Sarita Chapdelaine
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a cute and fun Christmas story. I really enjoyed this book but the ending was too abrupt and left me wanting more. Glenn and Seb were interesting characters but it took me a while to warm up to Glenn. Seb was a sweetheart who simply loved helping people. He went above and beyond his usual duties to make sure Glenn was looked after during his illness. They are an unlikely couple but fall for each other anyway. I look forward to reading more books by Lillian Francis.
I was given an ARC to
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Star Light
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I dont do spoilers or rewrite the blurb... I loved this book, my first thought after I'd finished it was that it is such a lovely, cosy & completely feel-good story, the characters were believable & very likable, the storyline is realistic & so enjoyable that I found myself reading faster & faster as the story progressed. This author has never disappointed me & I'm looking forward to reading what she puts out next. I voluntary received a copy of this book in exchange for an h ...more
Esther Alayeto
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a super cute and sweet story with some hot moments but mostly about two men really getting to know each other and developing a friendship and eventually a relationship. Love the writing and the storyline. Glenn and Sebastian are wonderful characters who are perfect together. It's a heartwarming, feel good story perfect for Christmastime.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Ann
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet Christmas story. When Glenn Trevor goes down with measles on what is meant to be a romantic Christmas holiday with his boyfriend, said boyfriend Xander does a runner. Glenn is nursed back to health by Sebastian who works at the hotel and is training to be a manager, and the pair gradually become close.
A proper Christmas romance.
Bitchie
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, but could have been shorter. There is pretty much no one here, other than the two MCs, and one is sick with measles (don't get me started on all the cases of measles here!), so the whole thing takes place in one resort room, and there's just a lot of Seb bringing meals and hanging out, getting closer and shying away, and not much else for plot.
Abby
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a cute book that was also a fun holiday read! It was easy to empathize with Glenn and entertaining to see how Sebastian took care of him. Would definitely read again.
Marge
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story with two nice guys getting to know each other and falling in love. It had a wonderful holiday feel, too.
Sara
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
This is a lovely Christmassy story that I will definitely be re-reading next Christmas.
TracyG.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read.
Claudia Lezár
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-romance
PLEASE READ FIRST MY RATING SYSTEM!!!
To my ratings (for all people, who wonder, why I say a 3*-book is a good book and should be readed):
5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like Liberty from Seth King or Save the kids series from EM Leya). it’s like an A+
4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books)
It’s like an A
3* - a really good book, which will be reread a few times (most romances where you
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Kathy
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A man comes down with measles while on Christmas holidays. His boyfriend deserts him, but the asst manager agrees to care for him. Sweet story. Likeable MCs and we get to see some English xmas traditions like decorating a yule log.
Feloidae *The Bookworm*
Cute christmassy read about finding new love when you don't expect it.

The ending was a bit disappointing. An epiloge picturing the couple a year or more later would have been better instead of just a week. This ended on a HFN but I liked it anyway.
Kitt
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this sweet Christmas story. Both Glenn and Bastian were wonderful and so cute together. I loved Bastian's caring nature and how he went out of his way to make sure Glenn had a good Christmas. It's a pretty low angst, feel good story. Even the ex wasn't that bad a troll, just selfish and uncaring. Glenn was definitely better off without him. I especially enjoyed the author's description of the Christmas light display. It was so detailed I felt like I could see it and feel the festive atmo ...more
Katherine
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holiday romance

A lovely Christmas holiday romance, with the difficulties that a holiday romance has.

Glenn has gone on a Christmas trip with his boyfriend to a resort, but to wake up with the measles. His boyfriend, Xander, wants nothing to do with a sick person, or this lame vacation, and leaves. But Glenn has to go under quarantine for four days so the resort keeps him and a worker, Bastian, is looking out for him since he is immune. Bastian and Glenn begin to strike things up as they spend mor
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Michelle
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
3.5 stars

This book was a cute winter read - perfect for a snowy or a weekend spent in bed.
I loved the premise of the book - that was what originally drew me in: a guy sick with some type of illness left by his boyfriend, only to be nursed back to health by someone who worked at the place he was staying. It sounded perfect. However, the execution fell slightly flat towards the end of the book when "real life" came back into play.

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Oaken
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cute premise but meh execution. Wouldnt have finished it but didnt have anything else in the queue to read.
Ramsi
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
3,5stars
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Lillian Francis is an English writer who likes to dabble in many genres but always seems to return to the here and now.
Her name may imply a grand dame in pink chiffon and lace, but Lillian is more at home in jeans, Converse, and the sort of T-shirts that often need explaining to the populous at large but will get a fist bump at Comic-Con. Lillian is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more tha
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