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Loose Id
Release Date
December 2011
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Five friends, one piece of mistletoe. Christian Elliott has the perfect life -- right girlfriend, right job, right house and car. How come he's only really happy when he's with his best friend, Jason? Melanie Cantrell has everything she wants. Why can't she stop cheating on her boyfriend with her yoga teacher? Buttercup Allender adores her stable life with Winston. But she can't give up her secret desire for BDSM. Stir them all together at a holiday party with a beautiful rock god and a submissive stockbroker and what do you get? It could be love and it could be magic.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Dec 19, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
216 people found the following review helpful
Quite an unusual holiday story, which was not really focused on the standard holidays, but that had enough Christmas elements and the setting to fit right in this time of year.

This is a story about two couples, one single gay man and two walk-ins. Sounds strange, doesn't it? Well, I can't explain it much better because the book isn't all that long and there were a lot of stories combined into one.

So I'm not going to go into details. What I am going to do is talk about my likes and dislikes. First I would like to say that this isn't a book for everyone. I'm even not sure how to tag it, considering the plot is not centered on just one couple but revolves around m/f, m/m and m/f/m pairings. Among all those people who are in long-term relationships and best friends to each other, there isn't one person who doesn't cheat or deceive in some way. I don't mind it when it's explained in an acceptable way or the rest of the plot overshadows it to the point where to me it doesn't matter. But in this book it was pretty much the focus. I couldn't understand how those people could betray their friends like that and insult the trust given to them by their partners, but even if I disregard that, none of them felt even a speck of remorse.

Still, okay, I accepted that as the focus of the story and moved on. There are enough funny parts to make you stick to it and my everlasting hope for romance is a driving force, I tell you. I did like the feel of the book, which made me comfortable for the most part, and the writing flowed nicely. For me that's very relaxing and it's much easier to finish a book when the words cooperate.

While I did like some parts, this book didn't feel as right to me as others by this author did. The existing romantic elements created a wonderful atmosphere for a remarkable book, but too many switching points of view dulled the effect and it turned the whole thing into just a story. I also thought there was too much straight sex through the pages, but that has a lot to do with my expectations which were based on the cover involving just two men and of course my personal preferences.

I can't really say I recommend it because it will depend largely upon the reader's taste, whether you like it or not, but if you like the blurb, by all means, go for it.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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