Sam's Reviews

Jan Irving
Sam's Reviews
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December 2010
BDSM, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

A "Not Quite Christmas" Story

As the holiday season draws near, Sam Masterson, a former marine in a wheelchair, has more holiday unspirit than spirit going for him. He owns a building where a lot of misfits make a home and his neighborhood is threatened because of a shiny new development going up. He heads uptown to speak his mind to the man behind the monstrosity. Architect Tall Hollander is not what he expects -- tall like his name, but sexy and up front about finding Sam attractive.

Sam also has other pressures -- a brutal thief known as The Bruiser is haunting the area, he has sole custody of his vulnerable nephew Joey, and his latest gay romance has just been rejected because it's too "unrealistic." So Sam escapes into fantasy, the only place where he finds the passion he hungers for. That is, until Tall decides to use his creativity to spark his holiday fire.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM elements, Domination/submission, male/male sexual practices.

Book Review by Jenn Shanks Pray
Jan 05, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
247 people found the following review helpful
Warning to all readers, this "Not Quite Christmas" story will make you believe in the power of love, community and Christmas miracles. Jan Irving's SAM'S REVIEWS combines the best of suspense/mystery with erotic romance and showcases a non-traditional hero who dares to go for what he wants.

Coming into the holiday season, Sam Masterson must go from a homeless paraplegic former marine to a caregiver for his young nephew when his aunt is brutally attacked and left in a coma. Sam runs his aunt's knitting shop and writes gay romance novels by day and, when some nearby developers leaves a giant hole in the side of the building, shares guard duty with its staff and building tenants from intruders by night. All the while attempting to maintain the building where a bunch of down and out misfits live in a neighborhood under siege by developers bent on regentrification.

Determined to take a stand, Sam goes to the architectural firm responsible for the Troubadour Towers to demand reparations for damages to his building. Once there, his internal fantasy meter skyrockets as he encounters the sexy Trevor "Tall" Hollander, the architect who created the nearby monstrosity. Sparks fly between the two, and even Sam's complicated life stands little chance of getting between their joining.

Tall and Sam embark upon a series of sexy encounters while getting to know one another better. Their connection, while extremely physical, grows into deeper emotions that have the ability to both hurt and heal the wounded veteran. The secondary storyline involving Sam and his nephew, Joe, tugs at the heartstrings as they struggle to build the family that they both truly need.

Thoughtful and well written, SAM'S REVIEWS brings a sense of holiday spirit in subtle ways. Romance peppered with suspense keeps this story from being ordinary. While not exactly a Christmas story, Jan Irving captures the kind of hope that keeps Christmas dreams alive year-round.
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