The Mars maestro, the single dad, and a wish list…
Boy, am I lucky! Finding a living situation with a houseful of passionate scientists just before the holidays is ideal in every possible way. As the newest member of the Script Club, I feel it’s important to step up and tackle the to-do list my friends would prefer to avoid. Item one, address the tutoring request from the neighborhood-hottie-slash-single-dad on the next block. I’ve got this!
Or do I?
Handsome, older, sporty gentlemen intimidate me. And Mr. McSwoony doesn’t like the holidays. This may be a daunting task.
What do you do when a new neighbor shows up on your doorstep with cookies and a wacky plan to spread holiday cheer? I don’t need cheer, but I could use help with some of the experiments my son wants to try. I know football, not science. Hopefully, I can talk Chet into a mutually beneficial trade. The only snag is that I’m seriously attracted to my local Mars expert. He’s unintentionally charming…in the very best way.
Don’t quote me, but maybe this holiday elf with thick glasses and a mile-long list might be exactly what I need.
The Holiday List is an MM bisexual, geek/jock romance with a holiday twist featuring a lovable scientist and a single dad who’s probably on the naughty list!
Lane Hayes loves a good romance! She’s the bestselling author of the Out in College, Starting From, Better Than, A Kind Of, Right and Wrong, and Leaning Into Series! Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). All things she can find in sunny SoCal where she lives with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.
Though the shortest in the series thus far and grounded a bit more in reality, this was no less fun, funny, sexy with some extra kid cuteness and a big oomph of feels that really nailed this as my favorite so far!
Take new roomie Chet of the nerdy Script Club who is the bestest kind of people pleaser. He loves to help out just because he’s that sort of person. When the other guys bring to his notice that single dad Sam called for some assistance with his son who’s all things science, Chet puts on his neighborly hat and goes over there to see what he can do. What he finds is that Sam is physically hampered by a hurt shoulder and while he’s on medical leave from being a professional football referee, Sam wants to make the most of his time off as he’s usually away for work this time of the year. There’s just one little snag - Sam pretty much hates the holidays. This philosophy lights a fire under Chet, who doesn't hesitate to bring some holiday cheer to Sam’s life and has a fullproof plan and plenty of to-do lists to brighten and loosen things up!
So, if you’re in the mood for an age gap romance featuring a well intentioned NASA scientist and a slightly gruff grumpy dad who only wants the best for his kid, then come on over! As Chet brings it with all the wintery goodness, Sam soon realizes that disengaging and leaving the fun stuff to others is only inhibiting him from truly enjoying what life has to offer, including love! This light romantic comedy brought tears to my eyes, and if one can make this cold heart feel, then it’s pretty much an automatic winner!
Again, sooooo easy breezy sweet and steamy, this latest installment still delivered the laughs, the grins, and major gooey feels, all with that wonderful Christmas vibe that is the extra sprinkles on top of an already inevitable happy ending! Enjoy!
Thank you to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review
i feel like there was a glitch in the simulation having the nerd be called Chet rather than the jock.
the pacing in these books are way off with the same formulaic content repeated over and over again... i legit feel like i have read the same book several times within this series (George and Aidan’s book was the only one i found to be remotely unique).
Sam was also supposed to be this grumpy grinch guy that Chet was to transform... show me where this man was grumpy lmao??? he wasn’t a fan of Christmas but i wouldn’t say he was a grinch about it. while Chet was so indistinguishable from the other Script Club members (like him and Asher are for sure the same person – you can’t tell me otherwise) that it was exhausting.
and these covers just keep getting uglier and uglier. stop.
again, just go read George and Aidan’s book. those two are cuties.
I liked the fourth Script Club installment but didn't love it.
For one, Chet isn't an original member of the club, so his presence at the house felt kind of random. That's not to say I didn't like Chet because I did, but he wasn't unique and reminded me too much of Asher, whom I loved.
The other MC, Sam, was also a bit bland. He was a football ref and handsome in that sporty, uniform-wearing way, but nothing about him stood out to me.
We're told they have amazing chemistry, but I wanted more flirting, more kissing, more time.
On the plus side, there's:
forced proximity in a cozy cabin;
a cute, science-obsessed kid;
a dirty makeout session in a garage;
Chet calling Sam "Mr. McSwoony" (awkward and hilarious);
holiday spirit all over the place (but no gold balls);
and a dreamy HEA (best epilogue of the series thus far).
Rounding up to 4 stars for that epilogue alone.
I'm hoping Sam's ex, Jase, will get a story. I am so intrigued by him.
I know I can always count on Lane to bring the sweet and the spicy together in a perfect festive package.
The Holiday List is an absolute delight, a slight twist on the geek/jock the rest of the series has played with as Rooney McSwoony aka Sam is a referee.
There's a small age gap, and awesome kid, a great ex-husband and a mini forced proximity plot which just lends itself into a romance which is as perfect as Santa's favourite milk and cookies (or whisky and mince pies if you're a Brit like me) 😁
I would happily have read twice as much of this pair, Chet was the kindest cinnamon bun going.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
My last Christmas novella for this winter (well, it is still January!) And it’s a good one.
I read one similar in scenario in December, and I have no idea which one used the idea first, but I really enjoyed it: nerdy sweet guy saves hot, Christmas-resistant neighbour.
‘Science guy’ Chet is the cutest and so impressive with his cleverness! And I loved his lists and seriousness about ‘honouring’ the holiday season. Sam is smoldering hot, lonely and really needs some cheering up! After a good dollop of UST and a good amount of time getting to know each other, they create a very considerate amount of steam. Loved all of it! Even the addition of a child works here.
Although I think pumpkins are for decorating and not consumption, I am also one of those people who feel that the minute August ends all bets are off. From the first hint of Pumpkin Spice anything it becomes The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and it goes on for months!
If you can’t tell, this book spoke my language. Without a doubt. I try to hold out until after Thanksgiving for anything Christmas and let me tell you, when I realized this started with some Thanksgiving love I couldn’t have been more happy. This was the perfect book to kick off my 2021 Christmas reads. Such a meet cute. Snowed in! I could go on and on.
I’m such a huge fan of this author and this series and this installment just had me feeling so warm and cozy. So happy. It was such a joy to read and I can’t wait for what is next. Lane Hayes is an auto read for me and she never lets me down.
**This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.**
I do wonder why Chet was made into an MC and part of the Script Club to be the hot single dad's (who we learn is named Sam) LI instead of the remaining two, but in the end it worked. Chet and Sam worked well together, and were adorable.
This was a light, somewhat quick read, where we learn that Chet has moved in with the Script Club guys after the toilet at his place literally exploded. He plans to live there for 6 months before finding his own place.
The issue of Sam needing a tutor for his son is still there, and none of the Script Club guys want to do it, not only because they're busy with their own lives, but Sam's son, Lincoln, has done some science-type pranks around the neighborhood, and they see him as a bit of a hoodlum. But really the kid is just very interested in science and wants to do all these science experiences - and some of them go wrong, hence Sam wanting a science tutor for his son.
Sam and Chet have a great connection, and I liked their chemistry. They worked together, and were quite sweet and adorable. When it got to sexy times, it worked then too. The sex scenes we got were sexy.
I also liked Chet's relationship with Linc, it was adorable.
I also liked Jase, who is Sam's ex-husband. I kind of hope he gets his own book with one of the script club guys too (or maybe he'll be a part of a spin-off of a new series? Who knows. But Jase deserves his own book :D)
So overall a good, solid, and fun holiday read, with great MC's. Definitely worth a read if you've enjoyed this series so far.
The Holiday List is another adorable opposites attract story in The Script Club series by Lane Hayes. It all starts innocently when Chet goes over to help his neighbor Sam with his son's science experiments. What ensues is a sweet holiday romance.
Full review to come. But I think i’m just a little burnt out on Christmas books, because none of them seem to be working for me lately, so this one is on me. This was super sweet and I did enjoy it, but it didn’t feel very unique to me, it felt a little too similar to the other books in the series and I couldn’t really get into it because of that. So while this one was super sweet and I really wanted to love it, it just wasn’t my favourite and I sadly never really got into the book. It wasn’t a bad book at all, I just wanted more than what I got.
I received an ARC of this book, and this is my honest review.
Chet was such a great character. I loved his geeky adorable ways with his lists and planning. Sam was his opposite but they managed to bring out the best parts of each other. Linc, Sam's kid, was so cute and I enjoyed his parts. No ex drama which is a win from me. I read and listened. The narration was great, with a warm tone that lended itself well to the material.
This is my first book of this series (I will definitely read the other previous), and it didn't disappoint. Especially when we have a kid scientist whose really annoying for some people and Chet has never annoyed of him, because they shared the same interest. Science and Sam. I have no idea of another stories of the guys in the script club, but this one was an easy enjoyable read. Chet and Sam hit it off from the first time they met, this one only enough to make me glued to my bed to finished it. Nice and adorable.
5 stars for a holiday story and all the caveats that apply. I’ve not read the previous books in the series so all of the other guys mentioned at the beginning seemed like information overload but thankfully they didn’t really feature much at all to distract from Chet and Sam. Although I did give major side-eye to it being said that one of those friends wears a cape. Anyway. It was a pretty short read and everything progressed quickly but there was a sense of the guys actually getting to know one another, with no big misunderstanding gumming up the works towards the end. Just a tiny bit of angst and an epiphany. No, not the magi visiting, and not my coworker’s cousin Epiphany. Just Sam getting his priorities in order and making me get a little teary. I just wish the ref uniform would have made an appearance.
Chet and Sam made an interesting couple. Chet, a self proclaimed scientific nerd and Sam, a big tough football referee were a cute together. Chets lists were cute and his uncertainty about Sam was sweet and well done.
The author has once again created unforgettable characters and a nice Christmas story with a little bit of angst and a whole lot of steam.
I’m enjoying The Script Club books. I might not be a NASA geek, but I can relate to guys who are on the nerdier side of things. I certainly can’t relate to the jocks in these stories. They’re all great guys, but so out of my league. That being said, I related to Sam. Not thrilled of Christmas, and a little lost amidst all the holiday cheer. Throw in that he’s a single dad who wants what’s best for his brilliant young son, Linc, and you’ve got the making of a great story. Especially since Sam believes his ex is the better parent. But he’s willing to step up and if that means asking the geeks down the street for help with his son, he’ll do it.
Chet isn’t thrilled about offering to help tutor a kid, but one look at Sam and he can’t refuse. He wants to bring Christmas joy to the household and tutor the kid. Science is so much fun for Chet that he’s happy to share that love. And if it means more time helping out Mr. McSwoony, well that’s okay too. Soon they stop fighting the attraction and give in.
But they don’t have much in common, and Sam’s made it clear this is just for the holidays. So, to protect his heart, Chet pulls back. I’m glad they both figured out what they really wanted in time for a happy ending and the epilogue was adorable. Alexander Cendese did a great job narrating this series and he definitely added to the warm feels from the book.
I love this holiday edition of The Script Club! Chet is adorable and so very nerdy when it comes to science and his work on the Mars Rover project. His desire to be useful to his new housemates has him volunteering to help their neighbour, Rooney McSwooney, and his little boy who is in need of a tutor. He's also about to teach Sam about what his son really wants for Christmas. What follows is an excessive amount of nervous rambling, unknowingly cute moments and a slowly building connection between two very different men. The story is full of fun, heat, fluster and quickly developing emotions for both men. I really enjoyed how things progress for Chet and Sam, it felt like a naturally developing bond even with it being fairly quick. Their physical attraction is quick to spark and they quietly share those moments together. Sam's son is just adorable, not the total terror the rest of the housemates made him out to be but Chet is so good with him, though he professed no experience with children. Overall, this is a really great story. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish and found myself smiling quite a lot throughout. Definitely a recommended read and a great addition to the series. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.
Ok avec ce tome, Lane Hayes poursuit sur sa lancée des tomes précédents, où on retrouve ce cliché du geek introverti et peu doué pour la conversation qui perd toutes ses inhibitions une fois qu'il est excité par le mec avec lequel il est, mais vous savez quoi ? Lane Hayes fait ça super bien. Oui c'est cliché, oui c'est redondant, mais j'ai marché à fond et j'ai adoré cette histoire qui m'a collé le smile et des papillons dans le ventre. La romance est bourrée de fluff et se prête vraiment bien à la période des Fêtes (mais elle marcherait tout aussi bien à une autre période de l'année). C'est romantique, frais, drôle et sexy, ces deux mecs sont adorables et il y avait matière à aller sur un format plus long, histoire de ne pas éluder les circonstances qui ont amené Chet à rejoindre sa coloc de geek, voir Chet et Linc réaliser encore plein d'expériences et évidemment prolonger le plaisir de la romance entre Chet et McSwoony ! ♥
This book was a fun read that had me laughing out loud at some of the things that came out of Chet's mouth. I loved how Chet "took one for the team" and agreed to take on Mr. McSwoony and his science loving son. Sam doesn't quite know what to think about Chet and his direct manner of speaking, but he definitely would like to learn more about him. I enjoyed how these characters seemed to interact so naturally. Their attraction was palpable from their first meeting and the way they connected was very hot! It's always a pleasure to read any book by Lane Hayes!
A cute holiday romance between a science geek and a football ref. I had a little trouble believing the romance, but I think it's because I know too many guys who are obsessed with football, so every time Sam ignored the game to listen to Chet ramble about science facts, I found it hard to believe. I did like Sam's ex Jase and their kid. This is my first read from The Script Club series, but I think it worked well as a stand-alone, even though the other guys from the series were Chet's roommates.
What can I say... OCD Nerd who loves to help but needs to plan and organize in all situations and a swoony older single dad? Sign me up! These two were literally brought together by science care of Sam's adorable son Linc! He is so cute I cannot wait to listen to the audible for this book! Adding to the fun is that this is a Holiday Romance and Sam is a bit of grinch! I read an arc, and this was absolutely perfect addition to the series. It was quick, steamy, sweet and funny holiday read!
The Holiday List is a wonderful addition to The Script Club series. It's a really sweet, feel-good holiday read! I loved that the opposites-attract theme still held true in this story, just in a little different way from the rest of the series. And this was a bit of the grumpy-sunshine trope as well, with Chet pulling the holiday spirit out of Sam!
I loved the first two books in this series, I did not finish the third and this one was fine but nothing more, I see too many similarities in all the mcs and the nerd jock trope is too short for me, I must say that these are the nerds with more sexual appetite than I have ever read, I like the author but of this series I no longer want to read.
The Holiday List is the perfect treat to get you in the Christmas spirit. Watching Chet and Sam fall in love is a delight. In all his nerdy glory, Chet is a self proclaimed holiday fanatic. He is beyond organized and soon whips Sam's un Christmas life into shape. I loved seeing Sam open up and accept the light that is Chet into his life. Add in Sam's terrific kid Linc and I am sold! I know I will be revisiting this family every holiday!