A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak by Molly O’Keefe, pubs 12/9. This book is not a romance but does contain a love story. The story is kind of a mash up of movies Meet Joe Black and A Christmas Carol with a little bit of On Top of the World by the Dixie Chicks thrown in.
I don’t want to spoil it but it is an interesting story of a man looking back on his life and coming to grips with his self worth. It has the deep emotions that is Molly’s trademark. I really enjoyed it. It also included a preview of her next book, The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season and I look forward to reading that.
Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn– This story is connected to the Chance of a Lifetime series and probably best enjoyed if you’ve read the first book in that series.
I don’t read many Christmas stories, but this was very good. It is a quick read but packed with emotions and sexy times. Kristen and Jasper are stuck in a snowstorm and are staying in a cottage that only has one bed! Jasper is a soft boy wrapped up in a sexy man package and I was here for it. Jasper has always loved Kristen from afar and being snowed in forced them to deal with their feelings. I love a good story with one or more of the characters harboring feelings that they have never spoken about.
I think if you’ve read Beginner’s Luck and enjoy Kate’s writing, you will enjoy this story as well.
This story is included in A Snowy Little Christmas by Fern Michaels, Tara Sheets and Kate Clayborn. I did not read the other stories in this book.
FYI, I am friendly with Kate Clayborn and Molly O’Keefe and I am a fangirl for their books.
Out Of Control by Sagan Morrow, pubs 12/10. The blurb for this had me intrigued. I don’t read a lot of books that feature polyamory so I thought this would be something different. The blurb mentions this can be read as a stand alone and I think that is sort of true, but that this book would probably be better enjoyed by someone who has read the previous books in the series.
I didn’t really enjoy this story. I felt a little confused by what was happening in the story. Helen’s married to Ben. Helen and Ben are both seeing other people and have boyfriends. They are in a poly relationship so everyone is on board with this. But the story is about how the rules are changing. Helen is falling in love with her boyfriend even though she doesn’t want to. Except I never really picked up on Helen being in love with this dude. There was more telling than showing and that is one of my least favorite things in books. Helen and her friends talk extensively about Helen falling for this name, but Helen’s interactions and thoughts didn’t back up this claim.
The following disclaimer was included in the blurb.
But the sex scenes were very tame (no body parts mentioned) and the cursing was very minimal. Overall I thought the writing was average but I am not sure I would read another story by this author. Maybe if it weren’t part of a series and the steam level matched my expectations based on the blurb.