Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Home for the Holidays

Title: Home for the Holidays
Author: Lori Toland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-706-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Holiday
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Working and touring in the rock and roll world doesn’t leave much “alone time” for lovers Blaze Shinozuka and Jason Stockton, so they’re looking forward to spending a quiet and relaxing holiday together. The passion and desire swirling between them is still hot and intense and in their happiness, have decided to move in together. Unfortunately, their private vacation time is suddenly cut short with the unexpected arrival of Jason’s family for a surprise holiday get-together, which results in an unpleasant fight with his brother. The strain between them is made worse during an impromptu visit to Blaze’s family in Hawaii where it’s made clear that Blaze’s family, especially his grandmother, isn’t accepting of his sexuality or thrilled with his involvement with Jason. These two are crazy about each other, but it’s possible that the stress of the holidays mixed with their families is just too much for lovers who don’t know each other as well as they thought.

Home for the Holidays is a sequel to The Replacement Guitarist. It’s a sweet and charming holiday read following two guys in the beginnings of their relationship. Ms. Toland did a very nice job expanding their personalities, as well as showing how they interact with both immediate families. It’s a stressful time for both men and it’s expressed nicely, showing the tension and hurt both are experiencing during this difficult time.

The passion and desire between Blaze and Jason is just as intense as before, but spending more time together is giving them the chance to really get to know each other and with that comes some uncertainty and misunderstanding. The family dynamics is well done as is the anger expressed by Jason’s brother and Blaze’s grandmother. I liked seeing how easily Jason’s parents accepted Blaze and some of those scenes had me chuckling out loud. I don’t know if the author has more stories planned for these two interesting men, but I certainly hope so.

1 comment:

Lori Toland said...

Thank you for the lovely review :)