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Dec 23 2014 10:30am

Love is the Best Gift: Male/Male Romance Best Bets for December 2014

Comfort and Joy AnthologyThere are plenty of gifts m/m romance lovers can give to themselves (or others) this month, with numerous upcoming books for those who love holiday romance, as well as options for those who'd just as soon forget the whole thing.

Holiday Anthologies

Comfort and Joy

Rest and Be Thankful by Joanna Chambers - Two stormy hearts find peace when feuding neighbors in the Scottish Highlands are trapped by a blizzard.

Out by Harper Fox - Can a stranger unlock the courage and passion in a young man’s captive heart?

Waiting for Winter by LB Gregg - Some mistakes are worth repeating.

Baby, It's Cold by Josh Lanyon - Or maybe it's the flu. Breaking up is hard to do — especially around the holidays.

Four authors known for excellent writing make this collection likely to be a winner, and a “sweet and cozy” vibe is promised. You can also buy the novellas individually.

A Touch of Mistletoe edited by Megan Derr

Here for You by J.K. Pendragon

Warren's life has been shrinking ever since his wife passed away. Blind, and finding it difficult to adjust to life on his own, it's easier to hide away in his house. When his friend Missy invites him to a Christmas party, an unexpected kiss with a stranger under the mistletoe leaves him confused and wondering...

The Christmas Spirit by Talya Andor

Christmas in Japan is no big deal for Ash Harmon, with his family half a world away and supernatural problems that have no respect for the holidays. When he picks up a bodyguard job for a rising star of figure skating who seems to be encountering trouble with a restless spirit, he stubbornly resists the unexpected attraction to his charge, wary of the risks that come with relationships. But the mistletoe has other ideas...

A Beautiful Thing by A.F. Henley

Sometimes, Fate gets tired of being ignored. And some nights, Fate decides something will just have to be done about it. Enter Drualus, Senior Correspondent for the Collective Assembly of Christmas Fae, working with the Night Before Reach Out Program. He's got a few short hours to change Scott Misener's outlook on life, love, and understanding. Lucky for Scott, Dru knows a tried and true trope that might just do the trick...

Ad Meliora by E.E. Ottoman

It's Christmas Eve and An-An and M.C. have plans to spend Christmas in Texas with An-An's family. But their plans are cut short when M.C. takes on a last minute case. Thankfully, though, it should be an easy exorcism.

Until they arrive at the snowbound lodge where trouble resides, and come face to face with a demon wolf unlike anything they've ever encountered.

Two Parts Mistletoe by Megan Derr

Kingston has worked hard to get where he is: owner of his own shop, master potion maker, well-respected... and lonely, too busy with life to enjoy more than his regular visits to Acacia House. If he wishes his loneliness might be eased by Hux, the man he meets at Acacia twice a month, well, someday he'll work up the nerve to ask. Maybe.

Then Hux unexpectedly visits his shop, distressed and in desperate need of help to save his employer from a love potion...

This anthology goes under queer romance, rather than just m/m, since it includes an f/f story with a transgender heroine. It offers mostly fantasy, with a little contemporary romance mixed in. One reviewer notes a traditional “Christmas Carol”/guardian angel type story.

Holiday Novels and Novellas

The Bells of Time Square by Amy Lane

Every New Year’s Eve since 1946, Nate Meyer has ventured alone to Times Square to listen for the ghostly church bells he and his long-lost wartime lover vowed to hear together. This year, however, his grandson Blaine is pushing Nate through the Manhattan streets, revealing his secrets to his silent, stroke-stricken grandfather.

When Blaine introduces his boyfriend to his beloved grandfather, he has no idea that Nate holds a similar secret. As they endure the chilly death of the old year, Nate is drawn back in memory to a much earlier time . . . and to Walter.

Long before, in a peace carefully crafted in the heart of wartime tumult, Nate and Walter forged a loving home in the midst of violence and chaos. But nothing in war is permanent, and now all Nate has is memories of a man his family never knew existed. And a hope that he’ll finally hear the church bells that will unite everybody—including the lovers who hid the best and most sacred parts of their hearts.

This is a moving, bittersweet love story rather than a genre romance—very different in tone from Lane's other December release, Candy Man—so prepare for tears. Although the title suggests Christmas, Nate and Blaine are Jewish, and their faith is important to the story. There's a small, sad Chanukah celebration.

On Wings of Song by Anne Barwell

Six years after meeting British soldier Aiden Foster during the Christmas Truce of 1914, Jochen Weber still finds himself thinking about Aiden, their shared conversation about literature, and Aiden’s beautiful singing voice. A visit to London gives Jochen the opportunity to search for Aiden, but he’s shocked at what he finds.

The uniform button Jochen gave him is the only thing Aiden has left of the past he’s lost. The war and its aftermath ripped everything away from him, including his family and his music. When Jochen reappears in his life, Aiden enjoys their growing friendship but knows he has nothing to offer. Not anymore.

Do you know the beautiful story of the Christmas Truce?  This celebrates its centenary. It's another melancholy sounding story for those who like their holiday tales dark, but surely there'll be a happy ending?

It's Christmas Everywhere But Here by Liam Grey

Christmas brings dreams of peace, love, and family time for most. Sadly, Russell Moore isn’t so blessed. Since his coming out and marriage prompted a less-than-joyful reaction from his religious parents, Russ has kept his distance to avoid their conservative disapproval. With his husband David deployed overseas for the second Christmas in a row, Russ gives in to the loneliness and takes his stepchildren to meet his parents for the first time, hoping the “goodwill toward men” spirit will overcome his mother’s zealotry. ??But Russ’s Christmas joy is too quickly deflated by his mother’s unmet expectations, leaving Russ to ponder if peace, love, and perhaps matricide go hand in hand.

Okay people, where the heck are the jolly holiday stories? This sounds like it might have some humor, though, as well as an interesting premise. Apparently one of Russ's stepchildren has Aspergers Syndrome, which piques my interest.

Vixen's Valor by Charlie Cochet??

Rein Dear is a prestigious title, accompanied by admiration, devotion, and celebrity status, all of which one saucy Vixen thrives on. Alas, Vixen’s only concerned with having fun, unlike his stuffy and sensible best friend, Rudy Rein Dear, who Vixen has always been jealous of. Aside from being chosen by Mayor Kringle to be captain of the Rein Dear Squadron, Rudy’s managed to snag himself a prince, even if that prince is the dangerous and imposing Jack Frost.   All’s not lost for Vixen though. He discovers Jack’s cousin Vale has a soft spot for him. Vale Frost might not be a dashing prince, but he’s the next best thing: a decorated lieutenant for the Toy Soldier Army, and a member of the Frost monarchy. ??Determined to get what Vixen feels he deserves, he sets off on a mission to ensnare the kind-hearted lieutenant. But Vixen’s selfish ways are sure to lead to disaster, and it’ll take more than a little courage to set things right.

Now we're talking holiday silliness! A review describes this series as “cute and fluffy,” so no false advertising here. Third in the “North Pole City Tales” series.

Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O'Tierney

Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men. ??Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.

Big guy meets nerd — could this be the best m/m premise ever, or is it just me? Reviewers describes this as a “gay for you” story, with characters who feel like real people.

Late Bloomer by Bru Baker

If not for his family and his Christmas tree farm, David Rochester would be a recluse. And Erik Shriver wouldn’t know a quiet moment if it smacked him in the face. But now David’s farm has brought them together. When Erik’s flurry of bad jokes and frenetic energy sets David off kilter, his family notices and begins conspiring. They push David and a very willing Erik together again and again until David stops denying his attraction. But an almost-hermit and a soon-to-be-former club boy each bring baggage into a relationship. They’ll have to take things slowly to find the middle ground between David's taciturn silence and Eric's boundless chatter.

Cocoa and hot cider, families, that wonderful piney smell, and the environmental goodness... I love Christmas tree farms! (Stephanie Perkins also has a holiday story about a hero who works for one, so I guess it's in the air.) This sounds like an intriuging opposites attract story.

Holding the Edge by Keira Andrews

Misha Reznikov has an Olympic gold—and a secret lover who just happens to be the silver medalist. Now that their competitive days are over, Misha and former rival Dev Avira are setting up house in LA and giving their relationship a shot in the real world. They agree that keeping their romance strictly under wraps is best for their pro careers and Misha's family back in Russia. So what if Dev hasn't told his parents, and they never eat out for fear of being spotted? It's not perfect, but they're together.

But as they prepare for a special holiday skating show on Christmas Eve in Dev's hometown, tension builds. How long can Misha and Dev keep their love secret—and what happens if one of them wants to stop hiding?

Andrews always seems to come up with unique backgrounds for her couples: two Amish boys, World War II veterans, and ice skating champions. This is a same-couple sequel to Cold War. Fans of romance featuring Olympic althletes, take note.

The Holiday Hoax by Skylar M. CatesThe Holiday Hoax by Skylar M. Cates

I’m Evan Goodman, budding actor, future star, college freshman. Oh, and let's not forget—recently dumped. If only my family wasn't expecting to meet my new boyfriend over the holiday break. Enter JD Laurens—a sweet and quiet science major who mostly keeps to himself. When he gathers the courage to come out, poor JD gets abandoned by his only family right in front of me, and now he has nowhere to go for Christmas. But I have a proposition for him: pretend to be my boyfriend for the holidays so I can take him home. It’s a win-win. What could go wrong?

I love the idea of an m/m story using the fake boyfriend trope. This sound like it's very much in the cute and sweet holiday novella tradition.

Cold Feet by Jay Northcote

Best friends snowed in together. When the heat rises, will they get cold feet?
Getting snowed in at a remote cottage in Wales with someone he’d fancied for ages isn’t exactly how Sam expected to spend Christmas. His feelings for Ryan are pointless. Ryan’s straight—or so he thought.

Until now, Ryan’s kept his feelings for Sam buried. Why ruin a friendship over what might only be gay experimentation? Playing it cool seems safer, until a cold snap makes sharing body heat vital. In their Welsh safe haven, anything seems possible.

As Ryan’s reserve melts away, Sam wants more than stolen kisses under the mistletoe. But a sudden thaw means making decisions. They could face the New Year together—unless one of them gets cold feet.

Questioning best friends snowed in together should make for a very interesting Christmas.

Prefer books that will help you forget all about about winter and/or the holidays? Escape with romantic suspense, mysteries, historicals, paranormal romance, and some hot contemporaries.

Hot Water by Cassie Sweet

Summer never ends on the tiny South American island of Santa Juanita where the people are beautiful and the water is always—hot! ??Dive master Clive Ducaine left a disastrous affair and corporate day job to pursue a simpler life. He has no regrets about his decision to move to Santa Juanita to teach tourists the fine art of spelunking. With the unlimited banquet of hot bodies and casual sex to fill his days and nights, he has truly found paradise on earth. ??Eight years ago Trevor Donohue’s lover was gunned down on a New York street and died in Trevor’s arms. Life changed that day, and not for the better. Now, working as a VP for a medical manufacturing company leaves Trevor no time or desire for another relationship. But then, during his first vacation in years, he meets the resort’s sexy dive instructor, Clive. Suddenly abandoning his tight schedules and video-meetings for a little vacation romance looks a lot more promising.

Now there's an escape! This is a new direction for Sweet, whose previous work was in the fantasy genre.

The Vampire's Geek by Charlie Richards

Toby Dallow followed his employer, mentor, and friend, Edwin Aldridge, to the small mountain town of Stone Ridge, Colorado. While he'd never begrudge Edwin the bond he has with his wolf shifter mate, Toby longs for something like that of his own. When a handsome stranger picks him up in a grocery store, at first, he thinks it's a joke. Learning the man is sincere, Toby takes advantage. After all, he thinks not too many sexy studs are into overweight science geeks.

Blamed for something he didn't do, Tullion Kuznetsov is on the run. Traveling back roads in search of a place to hole up, he stops for supplies. His vampiric senses fixate on the blood of a short, plump human browsing the cereal aisle. Drawing closer, mixed feelings assault him when he realizes he's finally found his beloved. Unable to resist his other half's siren call, Tullion embraces the gift Fate has given him...at least, for one night. Then, he'll need to walk away. After all, how can he, in good conscience, involve the shy, quiet Toby in his problems?

This is number 26 of the “Wolves of Stone Ridge” series, but I simply can't resist that title, and the promise of an overweight hero. Plus bonus fated mates theme.

Corkscrewed by M.J. O'Shea

Cary Talbot has found the perfect mark. Marigold Shelley is filthy rich, and her newly found grandson, Isaac Shelley, is poised to inherit her huge estate, complete with a priceless wine collection. Cary concocts a plan to con both of them into selling the crown jewel of that collection to him at a bargain price. Since Isaac is young, single, and gay, part of Cary’s scheme to get close to the Shelleys includes seduction. ??But Isaac isn’t the sheep he appears to be. He isn't even the grandson he appears to be. Isaac is, in fact, running quite the con of his own. ??These two masters of the confidence game are pitted against each other, and both are after the ultimate prize—a chunk of the huge Shelley fortune. It’s only when a third cunning player comes in and is ready to outwit them both that they must band together and beat their opponent or see all they’ve worked for slip from their grasp one ruby-red drop at a time.

Shades of Patricia Gaffney's Crooked Hearts — and perhaps also Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar? In any event, con artist meets con artist romances are fun!

Fighting Instinct by Mary Calmes

Only a privileged few know L’Ange’s head of security Arman de Soto is a shifter, and even fewer know he’s been systematically killing off a pack of werewolves. The reason for this vengeance is a secret Arman trusts with no one, quite the opposite of his obvious longtime pursuit of the château’s overseer, Linus Hobbes. Despite Arman’s reputation as a loner, the only thing he needs to complete his life is Linus. Predator and prey just don’t mix—but Arman won’t give him up.

Linus has lived alone for more than seven years, sheltered at L’Ange under an assumed name and hiding secrets of his own, including his terrifying attraction to the most dangerous man he’s ever met. Arman knows Linus should be afraid of the predator stalking him, but Linus is still drawn to him like a moth to a flame, no matter how much he tries to deny his instincts. It’s not until Linus’s past and Arman’s crusade exposes their secrets and opens L’Ange to attack that Arman realizes waiting any longer is a risk he just can’t take. So he’ll have to take his quest to the source of the threat in a gamble to protect L’Ange, Linus, and any future they might have together.

I have yet to read Calmes, but she is frequently described as cracktastic. So if you enjoyed last December's Old Loyalty, New Love, you won't want to miss the second in the “L'Ange” series.

According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux

By the close of 1882 in the American West, the line between heroes and villains is narrow. Total chaos is staved off only by the few who take the law at its word and risk their lives to uphold it. But in the West, the rules aren’t always played according to Hoyle.

U.S. Marshals Eli Flynn and William Henry Washington—longtime friends and colleagues—are escorting two prisoners to New Orleans for trial when they discover there’s more than outlawry to the infamous shootist Dusty Rose and the enigmatic man known as Cage. As the two prisoners form an unlikely partnership, the marshals can’t help but look closer at their own.
When forces beyond the marshals’ control converge on the paddlewheeler they’ve hired to take them downriver, they must choose between two dangers: playing by the rules at any cost, or trusting the very men they are meant to bring to justice.

Roux is best known for her “Cut and Run” romantic suspense series, so an old west setting is a change of pace, but she describes herself as specializing in “painful historical accuracy.” This is a revised edition of a book originally published in 2011.

The Dream Alchemist By Joanna Chambers

Centuries ago, a man with Bryn Llewelyn’s dreamwalking ability would have been a shaman or a priest. In this time, he’s merely exhausted, strung out on too much caffeine and too little sleep.

Sleep means descent into Somnus—an alternate reality constructed of the combined dreaming consciousness of ordinary humans. A place he’d rather avoid. Trouble is, his powers don’t include the ability to go without sleep indefinitely. At some point his eyes close…and his nightmare begins.
As a teen, the treatment that cured Laszlo Grimm’s sleep disorder stole his dreams—and his ability to feel emotion. Petrified of needing more “treatment”, he clings to familiar rituals and habits. But lately his nightly terror has returned, and when he meets Bryn in the real world, the man seems hauntingly familiar. Not only that, Bryn awakens feelings in Laszlo for the first time in years…

Slowly Bryn and Laszlo realize they are both unknowing pawns in a plan of unspeakable evil. And that their powerful attraction could release the destinies locked within them—or be the instrument of their doom.

After switching from m/f to m/m historicals, Chambers is mixing things up again by starting a paranormal romance series. This is Book 1 of “Somnus,” but each story will be a complete romance.

Player vs. Player by Amelia C. Gormley

Pushing for change can be dangerous when change starts pushing back.

Video game writer Niles River loves the work he does at Third Wave Studios: creating games with mass appeal that feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. To make his job even better, his best friend is his boss, and his twin brother works beside him. And they mostly agree that being on the forefront of social change is worth dealing with trollish vitriol—Niles is more worried about his clingy ex and their closeted intern’s crush on his brother than he is about internet harassment.

But now the bodies on the ground are no longer virtual, and someone’s started hand-delivering threats to Niles’s door. The vendetta against Third Wave has escalated, and to make matters worse, the investigating detective is an old flame who left Niles heartbroken for a life in the closet.

No change happens without pain, but can Niles justify continuing on with Third Wave when the cost is the blood of others? If he does, the last scene he writes may be his own death.

Now there is a seriously timely premise, and also a very intriguing one. Reviewers praise the forthright treatment of racism and sexism in gamer culture. Niles is half Turkish and his love interest is white.

Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield

Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.

So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.

As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.

The latest in the multi-author “Bluewater Bay” series, all of which can be read as stand-alones. Reviewers are praising the general niceness of the characters, one of whom is a charming Brit.

Bad Behavior by KA MitchellBad Behavior by K. A. Mitchell   

In a life full of yes, no is the sexiest word he’s ever heard.

David Beauchamp might as well be in jail. After one too many misunderstandings with the law, he’s chained to the city by the GPS and alcohol sensor strapped to his ankle. Awaiting trial, cut off from usual forms of entertainment, he goes looking for a nameless sexual encounter—and winds up with almost more than he can handle.

Reality comes crashing back the next day with a summons for another random drug test, and the man behind the badge turns out to be the very man who took him for one hell of a ride.

Probation Officer Tai Fonoti is used to handling other people’s problems, but he’s horrified when one of the clients his boss dumps on him is the sweet piece of ass he screwed the night before. It makes getting a urine sample a pretty loaded situation.

That single encounter left Beach craving Tai’s unique brand of control and discipline. But while Tai relishes laying down the law in the bedroom, the letter of the law stands between them and kinkily ever after.

Book 5 of the “Bad in Baltimore” series, featuring the wealthy bad boy who's been getting in trouble throughout the series. This is one for lovers of BDSM. It's also an interracial romance: David is white, Tai is described as an African American/Samoan mix. Several reviewers praise the book for not making a big deal out of the interracial aspects.

All's Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing by Alana Ankh

For Killian Marsden, werewolf romance is overrated. After all, he should know, since he’s a half-werewolf and an editor for a romance-publishing house. He’s tired of reading mate bond fairytales, because real life doesn’t work that way. In the real world, Alphas abandon their half-breed children. Not that Killian’s jaded or anything. Simply realistic. So when werewolf Alpha Brett comes knocking, demanding explanations on a rejected manuscript, Killian reels away, or at least tries to. ??Brett is a walking, talking Alpha cliché: big, possessive, and growly. His last name is Wolfe, for crying out loud. But Brett is also trustworthy, devoted to his pack, and a little silly when in love. Soon, Killian discovers that maybe, just maybe, he might love Brett in return. ??Unfortunately, Killian is not the only one who wants to claim Brett. He will have to set aside his beliefs about mate bonds and deadbeats if he wants his own happily ever after werewolf romance.

This sounds like a deliberately campy spoof, but one that stays on the right side of parody for romance fans who also want a satisfying story.

A Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth

Alone, Andreas toils on a remote farmstead for a Spartan overlord. When a kryptes enters his world, Andreas fears for his life. The dread warriors stalk and kill helots—like Andreas' father—as part of their training. ??Andreas sees only one way to save himself: he must tame the fearsome warrior. ??But what began as self-preservation develops into attraction. Yearning for the company of someone other than his ferret Ictis, Andreas decides to trust the Spartan warrior and risk the fate that claimed his father. ??Born to rule by the sword, Theron sees the world as his and acts accordingly, taking everything Andreas offers and reaching for more. However, love between men in Sparta is considered shameful and requires either exile or suicide to redeem Sparta’s honor. Now, only the gods can save them from the terrible price Sparta extracts from men who desire other men.

First in a new series. I'm intrigued by this setting, also one for Wendy's Unusual Historicals. Readers of Jameth's previous work praise the world building and research.

The Last Guy Breathing by Skylar M. Cates

Henry Clueley doesn’t want to be in Glamour, not after moving far away to overcome a difficult, if privileged, childhood. He’s no longer that pudgy kid desperate to escape his hometown, but it still holds painful memories.  When his recently widowed mother needs him, however, “dependable Henry” does the right thing—even if it means leaving the IRS to take a boring corporate position. Things don't stay boring for long. Soon Henry helps the local sheriff’s department unravel a crime. Posing as half of a fake couple seems like a fun idea... until Henry learns he already knows the deputy playing his other half. ??Deputy Locke may be new to the Glamour Sheriff’s Department, but he’s fought his way up in the world and is determined to make a good impression. He keeps his private life quiet, even from his beloved younger brother. Locke knows better than most the need to protect what’s his. ??Henry resents the arrogant, gorgeous cop, and Locke thinks Henry is sheltered and spoiled. Their secret and steamy encounter only adds to the animosity. As they join forces, Henry thinks a relationship with Locke would be catastrophic, but the white-hot passion between them makes it hard to resist.

Sparks are just flying off this blurb! The story is also a mystery.

The Right Words by Lane Hayes

Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised. ??Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

The start of a series with a West Hollywood setting — perfect if you're looking for “palm trees, ocean breezes and sunny skies” as well as some hurt/comfort.

A Wedding to Die For by Xavier Mayne

When a high-profile gay celebrity couple asks two of the city’s most established vendors to provide cake and flowers for their wedding and they refuse, a resulting boycott threatens to shut them down. It’s up to the next generation in the family-owned businesses to save them from ruin. Justin Capella, baker's son, and Roman Montgomery, floral scion, work together to plan the gay wedding of the year. ??Justin and Roman haven’t seen each other since that fateful day in third grade when a single kiss shocked Justin and sent Roman to boarding school. As fate would have it, Justin and Roman rediscover love while working on the wedding. But disaster might pry them apart again. ??Troopers Brandt and Donnelly are working with a statewide task force for the rights of LGBT citizens—all while searching for a killer wedding planner. As guests at the “wedding of the year,” they are the first responders when all hell breaks loose. In investigating, the troopers are led to a shadowy figure they believe seduced Roman into doing his bidding. But the real murderer will cover his tracks at all costs, including Roman and Justin’s lives.

This is another timely premise, and it's interesting that it's written from the perspective of the business side.  

There are literally hundreds of m/m books available this month, in all genres, so this is really just a small sampling. Sadly, very few of the books I found celebrated a holiday other than Christmas or New Years. If you run across any December books featuring other winter holidays, please comment!

 

Learn more about the books mentioned in this post:

Comfort and Joy Anthology  
A Touch of Mistletoe edited by Megan Derr  
The Bells of Time Square by Amy Lane  
On Wings of Song by Anne Barwell  
It's Christmas Everywhere But Here by Liam Grey  
Vixen's Valor by Charlie Cochet  
Bowl Full of Cherries by Raine O'Tierney  
Late Bloomer by Bru Baker  
The Holiday Hoax by Skylar M. Cates  
Cold Feet by Jay Northcote  
Hot Water by Cassie Sweet  
The Vampire's Geek by Charlie Richards  
Corkscrewed by M.J. O'Shea  
Fighting Instinct by Mary Calmes  
According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux  
The Dream Alchemist By Joanna Chambers  
Player vs. Player by Amelia C. Gormley  
Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield  
Bad Behavior by K. A. Mitchell     
All's Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing by Alana Ankh  
A Spartan Love by Kayla Jameth  
The Last Guy Breathing by Skylar M. Cates  
The Right Words by Lane Hayes  
A Wedding to Die For by Xavier Mayne  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


Willaful has been diligently reading and reviewing romance for the past seven years, but for some reason just can't seem to catch up. She blogs at A Willful Woman and Karen Knows Best.

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Wendy the Super Librarian
1. SuperWendy
Good heavens! It's a bonanza!

I'm intrigued by the Amy Lane and have that one loaded on my Kindle already. I'm so behind on my holiday reads this year!
willaful
2. willaful
Don't say I didn't warn you! I loved the Amy Lane -- it's unabashed sentiment. Will have a review of it out soon.
Kareni
3. Kareni
Wow -- what a boatload of books! Thanks for this list of appealing choices.
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